- This autographed photo of Dr. Wernher von Braun and I,
showing my partial head behind a woman that stepped in front of the NASA
photographer as he snapped it, (my luck!) was taken on July 15, 1969.
He had just given me a wink with his eye that was my usual signal that
he was going to step out into the back lot of the motel we were in on
Cocoa Beach (for a NASA MFA Awards Ceremony) to have a cigarette. I followed
and he and I spoke of Roswell.
- Since your article regarding my a disclosure that Dr.
Wernher von Braun had told me about he and others being at the near Roswell
crash site, a group of "UFO Inspector Generals" have taken it
upon themselves to say my report is bogus. Please read my response. It
adequately explains that I personally knew about the near Roswell crash
of a suspected alien craft since 1958. LONG before all the books published
on the subject. Again, I say, believe it or not, Mr. and Mrs. Public.
- Hi Jeff (7-14-7) -
- Please place this letter I sent to Stanton Friedman,
Dr, Bruce Maccabee, etc. on your website. They and others are questioning
my honesty concerning my knowing Dr. Wernher von Braun, and my knowledge
concerning the Roswell article questioning my being informed by Dr. von
Braun about the Roswell event during our conversation in 1969. They neglect
to acknowledge that my US Space Program participation began in 1958.
- My knowledge of the Roswell crash was known by me at
that time in history - In 1958. I withheld my knowledge of it until many
years later. I had no choice. My secrecy clearances required it. And I
valued my important job. They wonder how I could have known about Roswell,
since many book (s) were only published, in most cases after the death
of Dr. von Braun (1977) and the event was not well known until it was
released only in recent years. I also wonder who made this group the "UFO
inspector general" checking into every one, but no one checking into
- I believe I have quelled any question of my honesty with
this response. After all, none of these people have ever worked at Cape
Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, nor have they, as far as I know,
had a conversation with Dr. von Braun during his lifetime. I have some
proof that I did. Note my photo with Dr. von Braun the very night, July
15, 1969, that he disclosed Roswell to me.
- Thank you.
- Clark C. McClelland
- Former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center,
- Hello Stanton, (Dr. Bruce Maccabee, etc., etc. 07-12-07)
- When I arrived at Cape Canaveral in 1958, I began investigating
any stories I heard regarding UFOs. Lonesome George, strange crafts seen
following our early launch of Juno, Jupiter, etc. I was also in the ONI
unit at PAFB and heard some UFO events through that unit. In fact, I became
- I immediately became friends with many veterans of our
rocket research at White Sands Missile Range who would eventually join
NASA a few years later. As we discussed my many years involved in the
study of ET's and UFOs, they began to trust in me. I was a NICAP member
and was beginning to establish what would become NICAP UNIT-3 at the Cape.
- You may recall sending me a letter asking that I share
whatever I learned with you. My security clearance was high and being
new with our space program, I was not going to chance losing it for anyone.
So I did not share my information, other than some with NICAP and Keyhoe.
Dr. J. Allen Hynek also ask me to share with him. I did not. I met him
- These ABMA men and woman were working at White Sands
and were associated with the German Rocket Scientists that came to the
USA during Operation Paper Clip. Many were deeply involved, technically
with the launch of captured V-2 Vikings, etc. They spoke of many UFO
overflights in their area being tracked by radar, the monkey experiments,
high altitude balloon releases, etc.
- I was told of the crash and retrieval of a strange, what
appeared to be alien object not far from Roswell and several alien bodies
were recovered, one was reported to be still alive. It very much excited
me as you can imagine. I have all the details of this in my book(s). They
also disclosed the names of those German scientists and well known US
Military and Scientific personnel that were at the crash site. So, I can
claim to have known about the Roswell Crash since 1958. Long before your
book and others were published.
- Why did I not disclose my knowledge of this astounding
event to NICAP, APRO, etc? BECAUSE, I had a HIGH security clearance and
a position at the Cape and did not want to impact my job and my ONI (Office
of Naval Intelligence) status. You would have done the same, I am certain.
Later, it caught up with me and my life has been drastically changed,
as I am sure you are ALL aware.
- Dr. Wernher von Braun and I met at Cocoa Beach on July
15, 1969 for a MFA (Manned Flight Awareness) pre-launch awards ceremony
prior to the Apollo 11 launch the next morning. He and I discussed the
launch, astronomy and I gained enough courage to ask him about the reported
crash near Roswell. He was surprised to hear me mention Roswell. He then
verified what I had heard about eleven years earlier at the Cape from
his ABMA associates at KSC, concerning a crashed craft and aliens. I also
spoke with Dr. Hermann Oberth and his wife, Tilly, the same night. We
were all at Complex 39 the next AM with Senator Barry Goldwater, etc.,
and watched the historic mission to land on the moon.
- Dr. von Braun died on 16 June 1977, age 65 in Alexandria,
Virginia. Nineteen years after my initial knowledge of the (near to) Roswell
crash happening. About eight years after he disclosed to me his being
at the Roswell crash site and alien recovery he witnessed with other well
- What is sad, was that if he had lived about eight to
ten years longer, NASA was seriously considering sending him on one of
the early space shuttle mission into his beloved outer space in earth
- All of you can believe this or not. I experienced it,
of course, you did not. It will be in my book(s). IF the US Government
allows them to be published.
- Clark C. McClelland,
- Former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, KSC, Florida 1958 to
- Clark And Senator Barry Goldwater At KSC
- From Clark McClelland
- Hi Jeff -
- Here's the photo of Goldwater and me at KSC, launch complex
39, on July 16, 1969. The day we launched the Apollo 11 to the moon for
the first walk on the surface by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin that happened
on July 20, 1969.