An Unheard of Roswell Discussion of the 1960s

by Frank Barnes

After listening to our recent podcast with Kevin Randle discussing ‘no mentions of Roswell until 1980’, Frank Barnes writes the account below that sheds light on an unheard of 1960s mentioning of the Roswell UFO Incident. 

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Frank 1965

I have for some time wanted to pass this information along to someone who would possibly be able to use it.  I’ve never really mentioned this to anyone but it seems to me to be a small nugget of info.  It’s not much but it pre-dates what I understand was the beginning date of the current wave of interest in the Roswell UFO Incident which started in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. 

Since it was almost 20 years prior to the start of the current explosion of Roswell interest, I thought it was not of much importance, but the longer I said nothing the more it said to me there is something to the notion of a cover up or at least mis-information by somebody.  

1805232I was attending Texas Tech during 1963 – 1966. As best I can recall now, around the time of the fall of 1965 or spring of 1966 (I know it was before June 1966 as I entered the Navy on June 5) one of my roommates was in the Air Force stationed at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.  Why this sticks in my memory is that he was the only roommate not going to Tech.  During the time he was living with us, he had to go to El Paso to a multi-week training school to become a specialist as a CBR (as best I can recall this is the acronym used by the Air Force then) technician (Chemical, Bacteriological, Radiological technician).  Upon his return we of course questioned him at length about what the training was like.  Being a good military guy, he just said it was all classified but that we would not believe some of what he had learned. 

Air-Commandos-440x295A few weeks went by and one weekend several of us were sitting in the apartment just talking and drinking a few beers (by the way, no one was drunk) after dinner and the topic of his training came up.  This is where he confided in us some of what he saw and learned at the training session.  He told about the evidence of a crashed UFO at Roswell (this was the first time any of us had ever heard of anything like this).  He told of seeing pictures of the UFO wreckage, pictures of the alien bodies and in general the story of the military retrieving all the wreckage material and bodies.  He said he was told that everything was stored someplace.  He also told of one of his responsibilities was to monitor/maintain special monitoring equipment that was installed in various locations around the country.  He explained the purpose of this equipment was to detect any flying objects in the sky as well as any CBR activity.  He was quite emphatic about the purpose of the equipment.  This was the only time he ever mentioned anything about his duties in this capacity or what he had learned.  We had opportunities to discuss it again but it never occurred.  The last time I saw him or spoke to him was in May 1966, he and I and our girlfriends went to his parent’s home in Kokomo and went to the Indy 500 that year.

imagesThe fellow named Roger lived in Kokomo, Indiana.  The last I heard anything about him was from one of our roommates, sometime in the 80’s.  This roommate may have been there during the discussion that weekend but it has been so long ago the only thing that really sticks in my memory is what Roger said.  

The thing that is of interest to me in all this is that the story I heard pre-dates the general public knowledge of the Roswell UFO Incident by 20 years.