late Colonel Philip J. Corso (May 22, 1915 July
16, 1998) served
in the United States Army from February 23,
1942, to March 1, 1963, and
earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
published The Day After Roswell,
about how he was involved in the research of extraterrestrial
technology recovered from the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.
On July 23, 1997, he was a guest on the popular late night
radio show, Coast to Coast AM
with Art Bell where he spoke live about his
Roswell story. This interview was rebroadcast by Coast
to Coast AM on July 3, 2010.
joining the Army in 1942, Corso served
in Army Intelligence in Europe, becoming chief of the
US Counter Intelligence Corps in Rome. In 1945,
Corso arranged for the safe passage of 10,000 Jewish World
War II refugees out of Rome to the British Mandate of
the Korean War (19501953), Corso performed
intelligence duties under General Douglas MacArthur as
Chief of the Special Projects branch of the Intelligence
Division, Far East Command. One of his primary
duties was to keep track of enemy prisoner of war (POW)
camps in North Korea. Corso was in
charge of investigating the estimated number of U.S. and
other United Nations POWs held at each camp and their
treatment. At later hearings of the Senate
Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, Corso provided testimony
that many hundreds of American POW's were abandoned at
was on the staff of President
Eisenhower's National Security Council for four years
1961, he became Chief of the
Pentagon's Foreign Technology desk in Army Research and
Development, working under Lt. Gen. Arthur Trudeau.
he left military intelligence
in 1963, Corso became a key aide
to Senator Strom Thurmond.
1964, Corso was assigned to Warren
Commission member Senator Richard Russell, Jr. as an investigator
into the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Day After Roswell
his book, The Day After Roswell
(co-author William J. Birnes), Corso told how he helped
to "seed" the Roswell alien technology to giants
of American industry, basically spearheading the Army's
project that led to the development of accelerated particle
beam devices, fiber optics, lasers, integrated circuit
chips and Kevlar material.
says a covert government group was assembled under the
leadership of the first Director of Central Intelligence,
Adm. Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter (see Majestic
12). Among its tasks was to collect all
information on off-planet technology. The U.S. administration
simultaneously discounted the existence of flying saucers
in the eyes of the public, Corso says.
the book, Corso claims the Strategic
Defense Initiative (SDI),
or "Star Wars", was meant to achieve the destructive
capacity of electronic guidance systems in incoming enemy
warheads, as well as the disabling of enemy spacecraft,
including those of extraterrestrial origin.