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Deciphering the Ramey Memo

During the first week in July, 1947, something fell to Earth near the tiny New Mexican town of Corona and was retrieved by members of the 509th Bomb Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces stationed near Roswell, New Mexico. Limited documentation about that event has been found and much of that submitted for examination lacks any sort of provenance.

One of the few examples of such a document can be seen in the hand of Brigadier General Roger Ramey, at the time the commanding officer of the 8th Air Force. The date of the photograph has been established by various records, including those from the Bettmann Photo Archives which once held two of the negatives. It is dated July 8, 1947 and was transmitted over the INS wire service at 11:59 p.m. In that photograph Ramey is holding a piece of paper slightly turned away from the camera but on which some words can be read while others seem to be obscured. Using modern techniques and computer equipment, some of the key phrases have been identified and in research conducted in April 2015, attempts were made to decipher the rest.

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