One person who was – initially, at least - very vocal on the issue of whether or not some form of secret terrestrial device came to grief at Roswell was a former employee of the CIA, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and who later became the Special Assistant for Defense, Space and Science and Technology in the House of Representatives - the late Karl Pflock (pictured here when we met for the first time in Aztec, New Mexico in 2003).
Commenting in 1994 on the allegations that alien bodies were recovered in the New Mexico area as part of the so-called Roswell incident, Pflock was willing, at the time, to conclude that there were indeed "human-like but strangely disfigured bodies" recovered in the New Mexico desert in 1947; and that those same bodies were "associated with some very unusual wreckage."
However, Pflock, too, was careful to point out that: "Even if there were bodies - and I believe there were - they may not have been of unearthly origin. In which case, Roswell turns out to be a significant chapter in early Cold War history, akin to the currently unfolding disclosures about the U.S. government radiation experiments spawned in the same era."
It's very important to note that Pflock later changed his opinion, quite radically, and became a champion of the theory that what was recovered at Roswell was nothing more extraordinary than a Mogul balloon; yet it is interesting that his initial thoughts veered towards the possibility of an event connected to "U.S. government radiation experiments."
This issue of "government experiments" was something that had also been noted by Tim Cooper - he of "MJ12 Documents" fame, and now someone pretty much out of the UFO field.
In a 1991 "status report" titled UFO Crash/Retrievals: The Inner Sanctum, the late Leonard Stringfield referenced a curious and controversial conversation Cooper had with a former nurse stationed at what is now the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
In Cooper's own words:
"She casually mentioned to me over coffee that 'bodies' were being flown to Los Alamos periodically from late 1945 to sometime in 1947. I asked her if she had seen these 'bodies and she said no, but others had. I asked her where these 'bodies' were coming from. She said she did not know but it was rumored that they were human experiments for biological and nuclear medicine research. She thought they may have come from Japan after the war. She said they were small bodies with deformed heads and limbs. The eyes were abnormally big she was told. She said they were being flown in on special transport planes equipped with refrigerator units to keep the bodies from decomposing."
I now have the alleged name of the nurse (Cooper called her "Mary," but her supposed real first name is slightly, but not markedly, different, and she is said to share a last name with a famous aviator...), so we'll see what - if anything - comes from trying to contact her. If, even, she's still alive...
SOURCES: Roswell In Perspective, Karl Pflock, Fund for UFO Research, 1994.
UFO Crash/Retrievals: The Inner Sanctum, Lenoard H. Stringfield, published privately, July 1991.