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William Woody

(William WOODY, William M. WOODY).

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William Woody, son of a farmer, was 14 years old at the time of the incident.



(1) My name is William M. Woody

(2) My address is: [Confidential]

(3) I am employed as: I am retired.

(4) In 1947, I was 12 years old [corrected to 14 years old] and living with my family on our farm, located 3 miles south of Roswell, New Mexico, and east of what was then Roswell Army Air Field. I still live on that farm.

(5) One hot night during the summer of 1947, probably in early July, my father and I were outside on the farm. It was well after sundown and quite dark. Suddenly, the sky lit up. When we looked up to see where the light was coming from, we saw a large, very bright object in the southwestern sky, moving rapidly northward.

(6) The object had the bright white intensity of a blow torch, and had a long, flame-like tail, with colors like a blow-torch flame fading down into a pale red. Most of the tail was this pale red color. The tail was very long, equal to about 10 diameters of a full moon.

(7) We watched the object travel all the way across the sky until it disappeared below the northern horizon. It was moving fast, but not as fast as a meteor, and we had it in view for what seemed like 20 to 30 seconds. Its brightness and colors did not change during the whole time, and it definitely went out of sight below the horizon, rather than winking out like a meteor does. My father thought it was a big meteorite and was convinced it had fallen to earth about 40 miles north of Roswell, probably just southwest of the intersection of U.S. Highway 285 and the Corona road (State Highway 247).

(8) My father knew the territory, all its roads, and many of the people very well, so two or three days later (definitely not the next day), he decided to look for the object. He took me with him in our old flatbed truck. We headed north through Roswell on U.S. 285. About 19 miles north of town, where the highway crosses the Macho Draw, we saw at least one uniformed soldier stationed beside the road. As we drove along, we saw more sentries and Army vehicles. They were stationed at all places - ranch roads, crossroads, etc. - where there was access to leave the highway and drive east or west, and they were armed, some with rifles, others with sidearms. I do not remember seeing any military activity on the ranchland beyond the highway right of way.

(9) We stopped at one sentry post, and my father asked a soldier what was going on. The soldier, who's attitude was very nice, just said his orders were not to let anyone leave 285 and go into the countryside.

(10) As we drove north, we saw that the Corona road (State 247), which runs west from Highway 285, was blocked by soldiers. We went on as far as Ramon, about nine miles north of the 247 intersection. There were sentries there, too. At Ramon we turned around and head south and home.

(11) I remember my father saying he thought the Army was looking for something it had tracked on its way down. He may have gotten this from the soldier he spoke with during our drive up 285, but I am not sure.

(12) I also recall that two neighbors, both now dead, stopped by and told my father they had seen the same object we had seen. One said others in his family had seen it too. There were many rumors about flying saucers that summer, and I recall the weather balloon story, explaining away the report of a flying saucer crash near Corona. This seemed reasonable to us at the time.

(13) I have not been paid or given or promised anything of value to make this statement, which is the truth to the best of my recollection.

Signed: William M. Woody

Signature witnessed by:
Tracy L. Callaway

Interviews and public statements:

Under construction.

Investigators notes and comments:

Tim Printy:

Tim Printy says that one of the observqtion of a celestial event related to the Roswell affair is by a man named William Woody who reported he saw a brilliant meteor on July 2, 1947, "described as white with a red tail" that streaked "across the sky, falling to the horizon".

Printy indicates that this comes from Randle and Schmitt, in their book, on page 199.

Printy says that because of Woody’s recollection that he and his father went looking for the meteorite that weekend, Randle and Schmitt altered the date to July 4 in their second book, The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell.

Printy says that even though Woody described it as a meteor, the authors felt that it was not because it was the "wrong color" and "it was brighter than any of those other meteors" according to Randle and Schmitt, page 4. The authors also suggested that Woody saw the object fall to the ground., but unfortunately, Randle and Schmitt are taking serious liberties with their interpretation: something disappearing beyond the horizon does not mean it reached the ground.

Printy saws: "One can compare this to a ship that disappears over the horizon. Just because one sees the ship slowly blend into the ocean with the masts disappearing last does not mean the ship has sunk."

Printy adds that Woody saw a brilliant object moving across the sky, nothing indicates it was a spaceship of any kind. He says Woody was a young boy at the time of the event and did not record the date in any sort of diary; Randle and Schmitt were based on a memory over forty years old, and it is highly likely that the observation may not have even been made in the month of July.

About the meteor being the "wrong color" or "too bright," Ptinty says Randle and Schmitt maybe never saw a brilliant bolide at night, whereas he viewed many and saw they often cast shadows on the ground. There can be more than one color depending on the observer’s perceptions.

He concludes that it is highly likely that Woody probably just saw a brilliant meteor that went beyond his optical horizon.


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross July 19, 2003 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 24, 2017 Addition "Tim Printy".

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