Major Jesse Marcel was the head intelligence officer at Roswell A.F.B. during the alleged crash of an extraterrestrial craft in 1947. Due to his position, Marcel was knowledgeable on a wide-range of material sent up in the air.
Major Marcel was the first person to inspect the wreckage at the site shown to him by Mac Brazel. Marcel could not identify the wreckage.
According to Marcel the wreckage appeared to be like balsa wood, tin foil, and parchment. This description of the debris is used to this day by debunkers who insist that what crashed in Roswell was a Project Mogul weather balloon. However, closer attention to Marcel's story indicates that Marcel was striving to explain materials that he had never seen before and was forced to compare them to materials he did have experience with. For example, "...looked something like balsa wood, and were about the same weight...and would not burn". It would be wrong to conclude that Marcel was implying the material was balsa wood. The correct interpretation is that the material was similar to balsa wood but was obviously not balsa wood. Keep in mind that this was a pre-plastic age.
In addition, Marcel described debris that had strange hieroglyphic-like writing as well as material that displayed strange properties, such as not being able to be burned or dented.
According to Major Marcel, the debris field at the site was "3/4 of a mile long and several hundred feet wide". Colonel Blanchard ordered Marcel to fly some of the debris to Ft. Worth, TX, so that General Roger Ramey could view the material before Marcel was to fly it to Wright Field (Wright-Patterson) for official inspection. It was at Ft. Worth that the famous photo of Marcel posing with the debris was taken. You can view the picture by clicking HERE. According to Marcel, the actual wreckage was swapped out with normal weather balloon wreckage. Since the government has admitted that it's original claim of the Roswell Crash being a downed weather balloon was a lie, it is likely that Marcel is telling the truth. This was the point in time where the cover-story of the crash being that of a weather balloon was put into place and when the public seemed to have forgotten the incident.
Marcel was approached by UFO researcher Stanton Friedman in 1978, which helped usher in a renewal of interest in the Roswell Crash.
Marcel died at 79 years of age in 1986, fully believing that what had crashed was extraterrestrial in origin.
ROSWELL & MAJOR JESSE MARCEL'S POSTWAR SERVICE EVALUATIONS