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Vernon Brazel

(Vernon BRAZEL, Vernon Richard BRAZEL, Vern BRAZEL).

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Vernon Richard Brazel (July 31, 1938 - June 22, 1967) was the youngest child of "Mack" Brazel. He was aged 8, almost 9, at the time of the incident. He had resided - after the incident - at least in Virginia, and dies in California.

I found and checked the above information from non ufological sources, such as:

U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service).


There is no affidavit by Vernon Brazel.

Interviews and public statements:

There are none.

The 1947 Press:

Roswell Daily Chronicle, July 9, 1947:


Brazel related that on June 14 he and 8-year-old son, Vernon were about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J.B. Foster ranch, which he operates, when they came upon a large area of bright wreckage made up on rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks.



Investigators notes and comments:

Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt:

Mack's youngest child, Vernon, was 7 years old at the time of the incident. Unfortunately, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1960 and has never been heard of again. Another son, Paul, died in 1997. He was employed running a ranch in Texas for the same J. B. Foster that employed his father in 1947, but when interviewed said he had no direct knowledge of the events.


Note: his age was not 7 but 8 at the time of the incident, and he died in 1967, not 1960.

Kevin Randle:

This researcher said that in the early 1990s, the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR), initiated a program to gather testimony and affidavits from Roswell witnesses. Bessie Brazel said in her affidavit that the Brazel family had a home in Tularosa, where she lived with her younger brother Vernon during the school year, and that they used to spend the summers on the Foster place with their father.

Bessie said that one or two days after her father found the debris field around July 4, 1947, she and him and Vernon rode by horse to the site to pick up the material. She says they used several feed sacks to collect the debris.

She said that on or two days later, several, maybe 15, military people came to the ranch, and one or two officers spoke with her father and her mother, while the rest of the Brazel family were waiting, and that none of the soldiers spoke with her or Vernon.


Note: see the affidavit by Bessie Brazel, and the affidavit by Sally Strickland.

Anthony Bragalia:

For many what was seen at Roswell cast a shadow the length of a lifetime. And for the two children who innocently happened on strange things fallen from the sky in 1947 that did not belong, their lifetimes were short. It is telling that the ‘first-on-the-scene’ witnesses to the unearthly crash materials were the ones who would say the very least. They were troubled by secrets that were held in their hearts and to their graves. The original and untainted witnesses were ranch manager Mac Brazel and two New Mexico boys, Dee Proctor and Vernon Brazel.

But suffer the children. And these two indeed suffered. Theirs is a story of silence and of suicide. It is a tortured tale of drink, divorce and dying young. It is an incredible account of stolen alien metal and of frightening threats to juveniles. And the brief but stunning confession of one of these Roswell child witnesses is related on the internet for the first time ever, here and now:

The Ranch Man's Son: Vern Brazel

Mac Brazel managed a ranch that was owned by twin brothers H.S. "Henry" Foster and J.B. "Jasper" Foster. Vernon was Mac’s son. Vern was 8 years old in 1947. Vernon is very rarely mentioned in the Roswell UFO crash saga. In fact, Vern is only mentioned once (and fleetingly) in only one edition of one of Roswell’s two newspapers at the time and in none of the newspapers in the country that carried the story. Only the Roswell Daily Record’s July 9th 1947 issue mentions the ranch man’s son and states in part: "Brazel related…that he and his 8 year old son came across the large area of wreckage..."

That is all that has ever been written about Vernon Brazel. And no one ever got to talk to him because he left New Mexico as soon as he legally could. And no one could find Vern Brazel because he changed his name and moved from state to state. And no one will ever be able to talk to Vernon Brazel because he shot himself young with a handgun, instantly ending his life with a bullet to his head.

This author learned from Loretta Proctor (neighbor to Mac Brazel) in conversations about four years ago, that Vernon was a very close friend with her son Dee, who was also there at the discovery of the crash scene. Dee was seven and Vern was eight. Both were what she called "little ranchers" who helped Mac with chores on weekends and during summers. When I first mentioned Vern’s name to Loretta, however, she snapped: "What do you know about Vern?" Loretta, who had always before been very accommodating and pleasant, startled me with the way in which she wanted to know how I knew of Vern. I then realized the reason for her alarming firmness. Loretta explained that after the crash, Vern "had adjustment problems, a hard time with the other kids" and became the brunt of jokes about his Dad’s unusual find. He wanted to get out of the state as soon as he was of age, Loretta learned. The story followed him wherever he went. Loretta told me that Vernon wound up changing his name and "wanted to get as far away from his identity and this State as he possibly could. He used the last name of Tannehill or Tunnecliffe, I believe. Something like that." Loretta was to find out that after a brief stint in the US Navy, Vernon lived in many places including Montana, California and Virginia. But as far as Loretta knew, Vern never returned to New Mexico, "he never wanted those memories." Roswell’s "little secret" about their "little rancher" was about to be told when I asked Loretta, "What became of Vern?" Loretta hesitated and replied, "Vern took a pistol and killed himself. Shot in the head. He was only in his 20s." Shocked, and hearing what I thought was a suppressed weep, I could only say to her, "We both know why." Loretta did not reply.

I wanted to confirm as much as I could about this remarkable information imparted to me by Loretta. And in fact, I was able to ascertain through military records that Vernon Brazel was a shipmate of the USS Hassayampa at its homeport in Pearl Harbor. Through the Social Security Death Index, I found that both California and Virginia were given as the last state of residence and as the state where the death certificate was issued. And he did pass in his 20s. All of this Loretta Proctor had told me. I felt almost guilty fact-checking her. This is because the ranch woman who has outlived her beloved son -and is now nearly a century old- has always proven to be a woman of truth.


The two Roswell children who found the UFO crash site were the first human beings in history to lay eyes upon the Extraterrestrial and things not made on Earth. Both of them –Dee and Vern- never spoke publicly about the event for as long as they lived. One of them ran from researchers and one ran from life itself. Both had "issues" that seemed insurmountable following the crash event- and both died young , keeping a burden that ultimately proved too difficult for either to bear. In their deaths they remind me of another who was Roswell-involved. The Roswell Base Chaplain Hankerson told his children repeatedly and trance-like on his deathbed, "too much knowledge can be a very bad thing."


James Bartley:

Later [after the incident], Mac’s son Vernon would abruptly leave home, abandon his car, move to another state, adopt a different name and marry a woman without telling her who he really was and where he had come from. Upon Vernon’s death, she tried to claim benefits and when she submitted his social security number it pulled up the name Vernon Brazel which was a complete mystery to her. For whatever reason, Vernon felt compelled to leave his family and everything behind and move to another state, assume a fake identity and never contact his family again.


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