In a story that didn’t get much (if any) mainstream coverage at all, it has been reported that Jesse Marcel Jr. passed away on August 24th at the age of 76. Jesse Marcel Jr. was of course the son of Major Jesse Marcel, the U.S. Air Force intelligence officer who was first on the scene of the Roswell crash, and the man who was first to break his silence about the incident to UFO researcher Stanton Friedman. His cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack. Marcel’s daughter Denice posted the following on her father’s Facebook page:
It is with a sad heart that I have to break this bad news to the world.
At the age of 76 my Dad Jesse Marcel Jr.’s life on earth has ended.
Although it is a very sad time for our entire family I am happy to know that he lived an eventful life.
I am so proud to be his daughter. He had taught me so many things in life and one of the more important things I learned from my Dad was to never back down in the face of adversity.
For anyone who wants to know I will be posting, the funeral arrangements once they have been made.
He is survived by his wife Linda, his children Jesse Jr., Myself, John, Marissa, Mackenzie , Aimee, Ashley and Mark and all of his grandchildren.
Although my Dad and Grandpa are no longer with us… The Roswell Legacy will live on FOREVER!!!
As the story goes, after retrieving the alleged UFO debris from the property of Mac Brazel, Major Marcel stopped by his house before returning to Roswell Army Air Field to show his wife and son the debris. Jesse Marcel, Jr. has always maintained that the material was not of this Earth, and has even described in detail the I-beams that he saw, with purple hieroglyphic-like writing on them. His experiences are detailed in his 2007 book The Roswell Legacy: The Untold Story of the First Military Officer at the 1947 Crash Site.
Aside from his legacy of being involved in one of the most famous UFO reports in history, Marcel was a flight surgeon in the Navy and National Guard, serving during both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Iraq War. After retiring from military service, Marcel worked as a doctor in private practice. He had recently retired.
Unlike many of the alleged Roswell witnesses who crawled out of the woodwork once the story became famous, Marcel and his father always seemed the most credible. The story was what it was, with seemingly few embellishments. They didn’t see aliens, they didn’t talk to aliens, they just found some weird material that seemed to be way beyond what was manufactured on the Earth at that time, or even today. A sad day, and he will be missed by all of us here at The Occult Section.