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Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr.

Jesse Marcel Jr. is a retired, full-bird Colonel, who served as a flight surgeon for 18-months in Iraq. He spent 38 years serving his country with honor and loyalty.

Jesse 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, Jesse 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.

He 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 question.


Marcel completed his pre-med undergraduate work at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he attended LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans, Louisiana, 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.

Military History

Marcel 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 ship.

After 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.

In 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.

Civilian History

Jesse is currently employed as a specialist in Otolaryngology at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Ft. Harrison, Montana, and he and his wife Linda live on a ranch in rural Helena, MT.





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