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 them?
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.
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 orbit.
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.