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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., who said he handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, N.M., has died at the age of 76.

Denice Marcel said her father was found dead at his home in Helena on Saturday, less than two months after making his last trip to Roswell. He had been reading a book about UFOs. Over the past 35 years, Marcel Jr. appeared on TV shows, documentaries and radio shows; was interviewed for magazine articles and books, and traveled the world lecturing about his experiences in Roswell.

"He was credible. He wasn't lying. He never embellished - only told what he saw," his wife Linda said.

Marcel's father was an Air Force intelligence officer and reportedly the first military officer to investigate the wreckage in early July 1947. Marcel Jr. said he was 10 when his father brought home some of the debris, woke him up in the middle of the night and said the boy needed to look at it because it was something he would never see again.

His father maintained the debris "was not of this Earth," Linda Marcel said. "They looked through the pieces, tried to make sense of it."

The item that Marcel Jr. said fascinated him the most was a small beam with some sort of purple-hued hieroglyphics on it, she said.

After an initial report that a flying saucer had been recovered on a ranch near Roswell, the military issued a statement saying the debris was from a weather balloon.

"They were told to keep it quiet and they did for years and years and years," Linda Marcel said. Interest in the case was revived, however, when physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman spoke with Jesse Marcel Sr. in the late 1970s.

Friedman wrote the foreword to Marcel Jr.'s 2007 book "The Roswell Legacy," and described him as a courageous man who "set a standard for honesty and decency and telling the truth."

"His legacy is that he had the courage to s peak out when he didn't have to about handling wreckage that his Dad brought home," Friedman said Tuesday. "He worked with artists to come up with what the symbols on the wreckage looked like. He didn't have to do that. He could have kept his mouth shut. A lot of people did."

On his last trip to Roswell in early July, UFO researcher and Earth science professor Frank Kimbler arranged for Marcel to visit his childhood home and the debris site.

"I remember my dad did say that he loved the ride up to the site that day because he was able to discuss science with Frank," Denice Marcel said in an email to The Associated Press. "One thing about my Dad, he was always reading something on astronomy or some kind of scientific journal. He loved astronomy with a passion."

Marcel Jr. graduated from medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1961 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1962. He retired after nine years and later joined the Montana Army National Guard and became a flight surgeon in 1981. He was called back to active duty in October 2004 and served as a flight surgeon in Iraq for just over a year. He reached the rank of colonel.

He worked as an ear, nose and throat doctor and retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Harrison, west of Helena, all of which lent credibility to his story.

"I know that one of the things that Dad would love to say is, 'If we are the only ones here then there is an awful lot of wasted space out there,'" Denice Marcel said. "He wasn't the first one to say this, but he did believe it. He also believed that everyone needed to know the truth, and that the Roswell Incident was a real event and that it was time for the cover-up to stop."

He is survived by his wife and eight children. Funeral services are pending.

AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press

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Published in Rockford Register Star on Aug. 28, 2013.
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September 2, 2019
Having had two sightings myself,I have to believe as Jesse did the fact that we are not alone in the universe and I commend him for his constant unwavering attitude towards this fact! Jim salkeld Petaluma. Can.
Jim Salkeld
June 25, 2018
I had a chance encounter with Dr. Marcel at the Sun N' Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Airport. I was admiring a beautiful Velocity Experimental Aircraft, when the pilot owner came up to me. We talked.
I consider that evening to be one of the highlights of my life. Here it is, five years after his passing, and I could not treasure the hour we spent together with more gratitude.
To all posterity, who read this, let it be known, he was a real man, with stellar ambitions, deep faith, and a commitment to the truth.

I know many who post here are grieved that they never got to meet him in person. To you I say stay faithful in your commitment to the truth, and you WILL meet Jesse in the sweet by and by, on that beautiful shore.
Kevin Wright
November 9, 2016
Valenda Newell
October 22, 2016
The world and the UFO community will miss this man.
Arnold Mcwilliams
September 28, 2014
I'm so sorry for the loss of a great and honest man.
john. murray
February 4, 2014
May the lord bless Jesse's soul. He seemed such a nice genuine person from reading his book and he never waivered from telling the truth. Long may his story live on and my condolences from across the pond to the family.
Matt Hoey
October 18, 2013
I never got to meet you but someday all of this will make sense and the truth will be revealed in paradise. I send my condolences to his family.
Margaret Fernandez
September 10, 2013
I'm so very sorry for your loss. He was a very courageous man. I would also like to thank him for his service to our country.
Thomas Berg
September 1, 2013
September 1, 2013
Sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with your family.
August 31, 2013
My heartfelt condolences. May the God of all comfort be with you during this time of intense grief and always. (1 Cor 15:26). I'm very sorry for your loss.
August 31, 2013
To the Marcel Family,
To the entire Engelbart family. Please accept my condolences. May the God who gives peace be with you all in this time of sorrow. Rom. 15:33.
August 30, 2013
Sorry for your loss, God promises in the future, wars will be no longer. There will be peace
Psalm 46:9 He is making wars to cease to the extremity of the earth.
The bow he breaks apart and does cut the spear in pieces;
The wagons he burns in the fire.
August 30, 2013
A man of integrity and guts, someone to admire. My condolences, and best wishes, go to his family.
August 30, 2013
Thank you for sharing the truth about what happened at Roswell. Your father was a wise man for making you part of his experience. You stepped forward and told the truth, validating the beliefs that many hold about life existing on other planets. Rest in Peace Dr. Marcel.
P McGrath
August 29, 2013
Thanks for sharing his story. His father showed some of the kids on the street that he live a piece of metal that was not of this earth back in the late 60 s. We still talk about it when we get together.. He made quite an impression on all of us..God rest their souls, both Mr. Jesse and Dr. Jesse. And may they always be remembered for their hard work and dedication to our country.
Gary Plaisance Sr.
August 29, 2013
Thank You for the TRUTH. God Bless you and your family. A True American.
Brenda Boudreaux
August 29, 2013
My dad was stationed at Wright-Patterson in 1947 and saw the debris that was brought to the base. He was told to keep his mouth shut and he did...for the most part...only telling his children what he saw before he died.
Debbie T
August 29, 2013
I would like to thank the wife and children of Dr.Marcel Jr. for sharing your husband and dad with all of us who appreciate him so much for his courage and devotion to the cause. With sympathy
Connie Muncie
August 29, 2013
Jesse, thank you for all your dedication. Rest in peace, we won't forget you.
Loo Courtland
August 29, 2013
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
August 29, 2013
Thank you for not wavering and standing up for the truth, your spirit can now truly soar above the wings of eagles. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the entire Marcel family.
Pam Sneed
August 29, 2013
michelle plakas-kaiser
August 29, 2013
Dr. Clete W. Mc Cain rest with God
August 29, 2013
Thank you, Dr Marcel for your dedication to the armed forces. And for careful attention to our family's medical needs in Helena.
Mary & Wesley
August 29, 2013
August 29, 2013
My deepest & warmest sympathy to the family of Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr. I believed in every word he said about his experience in Roswell. We truly lost a courageous and honest veteran who will receive full military honors. God Bless
August 29, 2013
I remember watching Mr. Marcel Jr. on Unsolved Mysteries. I believe him and believe there was a government cover-up with regard to Roswell that continues to this day. May God's peace and love be with the Marcel family. God Bless
August 29, 2013
August 29, 2013
My condolences to the Marcel family. Thank you Dr Marcel for all that you did. You were a pioneer trying to get the truth out to the public. Your efforts were not in vane. There are many of us who believe because of you and others like you. The truth will be known some day soon.
Sam B
August 29, 2013
I wish his family the best. There is other life in outerspace...but the Bible talks about in detail more than any other source. There are angels and immortal beings that are truly amazing.
Edward S
August 29, 2013
My heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Marcel, and family. It's painful to lose a husband, and father, but knowing he was a man at peace, who lived and acted with integrity, must surely bring comfort. Godspeed, Sir!
becca helen
August 29, 2013
There's more out there than any government wants to admit to.

Thank you, Dr. Marcel. Your work and diligence has not been in vane.

I believe there is "MORE" to this Solar System, and beyond. Just ask all of the people who were interviewed over the years about "what they saw"; everyone can't be nuts.
Kathleen Kenepp
August 29, 2013
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August 29, 2013
America has lost a true Patriot. after all it is "We the people...", and he stuck it out and spoke for all of us. Godspeed Dr. Marcel!
Louie Blanchard
August 29, 2013
Carol Jones
August 29, 2013
Thank you for your honest statements, throughout all the clouds you shall float.
Rose Carter
August 29, 2013
Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the Hearer of prayer at this time. Psalm 65:2
August 29, 2013
I Believe!! Rest in Peace..God Speed! Praying for the family.
Leigh Anna Kennemore
August 29, 2013
God Bless You.......Thank You
Sharon Gunlock
August 29, 2013
Thank you for your bravery and dedication to the truth. God speed, Dr. Marcel.
Mare' Chee
August 29, 2013
Thank you, Dr. Marcel, for your service to America & for your bravery & honesty. May you rest in peace & may the God of Heaven & Earth give comfort & peace to your family. Psalms 121.
I have always believed.......
August 29, 2013
Rest well, Dr. Marcel
Rosalie Oxford
August 29, 2013
My sympathies go out to the entire Marcel family. I have seen Jesse on TV so many times over so many years it is like I lost someone I knew personally. Jesse always seemed like a super nice and honest person and I always believed what he said. He was so lucky to have handled actual material from another world.
Now at least he knows all the answers to all his questions about it. RIP Jesse.
John Stanga
August 29, 2013
Farewell Jesse, I first heard of you through Whitley Strieber's book Communion. Two very brave men. To tell your story. To write your story. I wish I could have met you. I reckon you were chosen. Condolences to your family, mate.
Paul Tapp
August 29, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed seeing Dr. Marcel on many documentaries over the years. I never doubted his words. May he rest in peace.
Summer Walker
August 29, 2013
My sympathy to the family for Dr. Marcel.

He lived a full life and helped so many. I believe what his father saw and what he saw (that his dad showed him). And I agree, if we're alone, it's a terrible waste of space!
August 29, 2013
I believe he knows
August 28, 2013
GODSPEED to Dr. Marcel. Thank you for your honesty and bravery and enlightenment! Prayers for all!
Keith Wilkinson
August 28, 2013
God bless you and welcome you. And I believe!
Betsy Donnelly
August 28, 2013
in God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham
August 28, 2013
My sincere condolences for the family of Jesse, for he will be missed by all who knew him in life. May he be in JEHOVAHS memory, for safekeeping
Rose Chavez
August 28, 2013
Incredible! I'm sitting here viewing a UFO special and just saw him being interviewed. God rest his soul and spirit and may our memories of him be cherished. ~
Marcal Mitchell Sr.
August 28, 2013
Jesse is known to many because of his connection to Roswell.

However, I knew Dr. Marcel as a caring doctor and a skilled military helicopter pilot.

We shared many conversations about both Roswell and the numerous helicopters he piloted through the Montana mountains, especially when he flew at night using night vision goggles.

It was indeed a privilege to know Dr. Marcel. We are grateful for his medical service, his military service, and of course his quest to let the truth be known about Roswell.

Both Linnea and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Marcel family.
Steve Armstrong
August 28, 2013
May the God who gives peace be with all of YOU. Amen.-Roman 15:33. I am sorry for your loss.
August 28, 2013
Mere words will never express the sorrow felt for the loss of Dr. Jesse. May the God and Father of true peace and comfort grant your family a calm and peaceful heart as you find joy in the many accomplishments of Dr Jesse.
Baltimore, MD
August 28, 2013
Thanks for all your efforts here on earth to enlighten those kept in the dark on these important events. We are at peace knowing the truth and want you to know that where ever you go in the future, you were well respected and will be missed in this life. JSM
August 28, 2013
Prayers to the family. The truth shall set you free. Job well done my brother.

R.Williams, MD
August 28, 2013
I met Dr. Marcel at a UFO conference in Springfield, Missouri probably about 20 years ago and he was a nice guy, very personable and believable in his presentation. I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet him. My condolences to his family.
Patricia Rardin
August 28, 2013
thanks for being a true american
August 28, 2013
I was so upset to see this. Dr. Marcel was a credible witness to what was seen. May he rest in peace.
Peggy Morisen
August 28, 2013
You are a UFO officer of the biggest order.
Pam Krause
August 28, 2013
Thank you for telling the truth. Rest in peace.
L. F.
August 28, 2013
The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
May God bless you and your family
Joe S.
August 28, 2013
Sorry to hear. Our prayers are with the family. He was a good friend.
Wade Levron
August 28, 2013
The last time I seen Jesse was in Roswell in July of 1997. Was a surprise to me. Hayes Marcel Jr,. Houma, La.
Hayes Marcel
August 28, 2013
may you rest well..n`nextlight@Vicky&Andy`
August 28, 2013
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