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The Public Information Officer for the 509th Bomber Squadron at the Roswell Army Air Field in 1947 and, in his own words, an unofficial aide to Col. Thomas Blanchard, base commander. Lt. Haut was ordered by Col. Blanchard to write the now-famous press release revealing to the public that a retrieval team from the 509th had recovered the debris of a flying saucer that had crashed in the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico.
Roswell Crash Press Release
The text of Lt. Walter Haut’s press release, dated July 8, 1947:
“The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the Intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff’s office of Chaves County.
The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact the sheriff’s office, who in turn, notified Maj. Jesse Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office.
Action was immediately take and the disc was picked up at the rancher’s home. It was inspected at Roswell Army Air Field and subsequently loaned by Maj. Marcel to higher headquarters.”
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