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Roswell 1947 - Documents on the witnesses

Lorenzo Kent Kimball

(Lorenzo Kent Kimball).

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Lorenzo Kent Kimball (1922-1999), Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Utah, passed away in 1999 at the age of seventy-six. He was born, raised, and spent most of his life in Utah. He enlisted in the army upon graduation from high school at the age of eighteen. His military career spanned from 1941 to his final retirement from the US Air Force in 1962 as Lieutenant Colonel, with a brief interruption in 1945-46, a year that he spent as a student at the University of Utah. He later earned a B.A. (1962) and a Ph.D. (1968) in political science from the same institution.


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Interviews and public statements:

Lorenzo Kent Kimball tells of his connection with the time and place:

"In 1947 I was a Captain, U.S. Army (Medical Administrative Corps) assigned to Squadron M (Base Hospital), 509th Bomb Group at Roswell Army Air Base. My primary duty was Medical Supply Officer for the Base Hospital. You would think that with all of the books that have been written, TV shows fictionalizing the incident, and the coverage the summer of 1997 in the media (major articles in the New York Times, cover stories in Time Magazine and Popular Science) that there must have been a great furor at the Base at that time (July 1947). To the contrary, life went on as usual. Most of the medical staff spent their time at the Officer's Club swimming pool every afternoon after duty hours. The biggest excitement was the cut-throat hearts game in the BOQ and an intense bingo, bango bungo golf game at the local nine hole golf course for a nickel a point!! There was absolutely NO unusual activity on the Base, no base alerts, no hysteria, no panic in July 1947. Life went on as usual."

About the reports by Roswell's Ballard Funeral Home employee mortician Glenn Dennis, he writes:

"1- There was no mortuary on the Base. There was no AAF mortuary officer with such an assignment. As Medical Supply Officer I was responsible for obtaining, maintaining and issuing all supplies and equipment for the Base Hospital and any functions of a mortuary officer would have been within my responsibilities. I never met Glenn Dennis and I don't recall ever calling him for anything."

"2- There was no nurse named Naomi Maria Selff assigned to the Base Hospital during the period I was assigned there (1946-1948). I was well acquainted with all five nurses assigned during this time and none of them anywhere near fit Dennis' description of the nurse he knew. Further research by UFO researcher Victor Golubic has determined that no nurse by that name was ever commissioned in the U.S. Army or assigned to the Army Air Force."

"3- The photograph cited above is of a two story brick structure. The entire hospital complex was a World War II cantonment type, one-story, wooden frame structure. There were NO two story buildings and NO brick structures in the complex."

About researchers Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt statements that a Major Jesse B. Johnson of the 509th Bomb Group was the base pathologist who assisted in a preliminary autopsies on alien bodies, and their claim that "Johnson's position as a pathologist has been verified by a number of former members of the 509th Bomb Group" and "verified by the 509th yearbook and the RAAF unit history", he writes:

"1- There was a physician named Jesse B. Johnson assigned to the Base Hospital. However, he was a 1st Lt., not a Major, and he was a radiologist, not a pathologist. He had no training as a pathologist and would have been the last member of the medical staff to have performed any autopsy on a human much less an alien!! He is identified as a 1st Lt in the 509th Yearbook."

"2- After I learned of these assertions, I called Doctor Jack Comstock, who, as a Major, was the Hospital Commander in 1947, and in 1995 was living in retirement in Boulder, Colorado. I asked him if he recalled any such events occurring in July of 1947 and he said absolutely not. When I told him that Jesse B. was supposed to have conducted a preliminary autopsy on alien bodies, he had a hard time stopping laughing - his response was: PREPOSTEROUS!!"

"3- Major Comstock lived in the Hospital BOQ, located in the hospital complex. Any unusual activity was immediately reported to him by members of the medical and nursing staff. He told me (this was in 1995 prior to his death in February 1996) that NOTHING of this nature occurred in July 1947 at the Base Hospital."

He concludes:

"From first-hand knowledge, I am reasonably certain that no alien bodies were brought to the Base Hospital in July 1947 where "preliminary autopsies" were supposedly conducted. There was no nurse by the name of Naomi Maria Selff ever assigned to Squadron M, 509th Bomb Group. The statements made by Glenn Dennis are not credible. The accounts in the Randle/Schmitt book concerning Jesse B. Johnson are fiction."

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Investigators notes and comments:

Patrick Gross:

Here we have a negative witness to the claims of Glenn Dennis and the notion that a preliminary autopsy could have been performed at the Roswell Army Air Field Hospital.

Lorenzo Kent Kimball indicates as challenge to Glenn Dennis claims that "there was no mortuary on the Base." Glenn Dennis has not said that there was a mortuary at the base, he spoke of the base's hospital. However Glenn Dennis indeed publicly claimed that there was a mortuary officer at the base and that they were close friends.

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