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Socorro, New Mexico 1947


Grady L. Barnett reputedly found a crashed UFO


Witnesses discovered the wreckage of a metallic disc resting on the ground with bodies spewed around. The first witness on this scene was Grady L. "Barney" Barnett a civil engineer with the US Soil Conservation Service who was on a military assignment at the time. He relayed the story to some friends in early July 1947. He says the metallic disc was about 25 to 30 feet in diameter. While he was examining it, a small group of people arrived on the scene who stated that they were part of an archaeological research team from the University of Pennsylvania.


This account cannot be regarded as reliable due to the fact that it is hearsay and was related to friends of Barnett in 1950. And Barnett died in 1969. And Mr. Barnett was not interviewed concerning this story. But those who knew "Barney" Barnett described him as a very respectable and honest citizen - and is hardly likely to have invented such a fantastic tale.


Members of the University of Pennsylvania team have not come forward, nor has any of them been located. But it has been established that the university was involved in archaeological digs in the area at the time. It is not certain whether or not this and the Roswell wreckage are connected. Socorro is about 150 miles west of Brazel's ranch site.



Barnet apparently stated the following to his friends.


"I noticed that they were standing around looking at some dead bodies that had fallen to the ground. I think there were others in the machine, which was kind of metallic...disc. It was not all that big. It seemed to be made of a metal that looked like dirty stainless steel. The machine had been split open by explosion or impact.


I tried to get close to see what the bodies were like. They were all dead as far as I could see and there were bodies inside and outside the vehicle. The ones outside had been tossed out by the impact. They were like humans but they were not human. The heads were round, the eyes were small, and they had no hair. The eyes were oddly spaced. They were quite small by our standards and their heads were larger in proportion to their bodies than ours. Their clothing seemed to be one-piece and grey in color. You couldn't see any zippers, belts or buttons. They seemed to me to be males and there were a number of them. I was close enough to touch them but I didn't - I was escorted away before I could.


While we were looking at them a military officer drove up in a truck with a driver and took control. He told everybody that the Army was taking over and to get out of the way. Other military personnel came up and cordoned off the area. We were told to leave the area and not to talk to anyone whatever about what we had seen...that it was our patriotic duty to remain silent".


Unfortunately Barnett died before any UFO researcher could interview him. He was described as a very respectable and honest citizen by family and friends.


However, a new informant called Gerald Anderson came forward in 1990 which backed up the Barnett story. However thanks to some excellent research done by Kevin Randle and others the Anderson story was shown to be a hoax. Also Randle tracked down all students of Universities that were in the area at the time and none of them knew anything about the alleged crash.


Again this case appears nothing more than a hoax until further evidence is presented to say otherwise.


Event: 1947-05-31; USA, New Mexico, Socorro



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