Marcel Jr. is a retired,
who served as a flight surgeon for 18-months in Iraq.
He spent 38 years serving his country with honor and loyalty.
Marcel, Jr. is the son of the first military officer on
the scene of the Roswell
UFO crash of 1947 and is the most recognized
first-hard witness to the events of that time. His father,
Marcel Sr., reported bringing home parts
of the wreckage the he and Jesse, Jr. examined. This wreckage
included a piece of metal that,
when balled up or its shape was changed,
it would expand back to its original form,
as well as several structural
pieces known as "I- beams" which had
hieroglyphic-type symbols on them.
has steadfastly repeated his recollection of that time
in numerous interviews and wrote about his experiences
then and since in the book, The
Roswell Legacy. He is one of 200 witnesses
to the events of July 1947, but his story has received
international attention in no small part because Dr. Marcel,
Jr. has led an exemplary life and his integrity is without
completed his pre-med undergraduate work at Louisiana
State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he
attended LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans,
graduating in July of 1961 with a degree in Medicine.
He completed a rotating internship and residency at Charity
Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, and went on to become
a specialist in ear,
nose and throat medicine.
joined the U.S. Navy in 1962 and was assigned to the USS
Renville (APA 227), and shortly thereafter, participated
in the Cuban Missile Crisis, attached to combat units
as a member of ship's company. The Renville then sailed
for West Pac, and on to the South East Pacific Area where
he received combat training in case of enemy attack on
the West Pac tour, he completed his specialty training
in Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital, San Diego, California.
He retired from the Navy in July of 1971 and entered private
practice in Helena, Montana.
1973, he joined the Montana
Army National Guard, and went through helicopter
flight training as a flight surgeon at Ft. Rucker, Alabama,
and earned his wings in 1981. During his career in the
National Guard, he was appointed
State Surgeon of the State of Montana and retired
from the military the second time in August of 1996 on
his 60th birthday. The Iraqi war required him to be called
back to active duty in October of 2004, shortly after
his 68th birthday, where he served as flight surgeon for
the 189th Attack Helicopter Battalion. He flew more than
225 hours of combat duty while in Iraq, being discharged
again from active duty in December of 2005 to the Ready
Reserve. By then, he had logged more than 3,000 hours
of flight time.
is currently employed as a specialist
in Otolaryngology at the Veterans Administration Hospital,
Montana, and he and his wife Linda live on
a ranch in rural Helena, MT.