Hoping to infuriate the anti-Roswell crowd, I thought the following might do it. This involves much that has them annoyed from the mere mention of Roswell, to the fact that there is a new investigation going on.
A noted, we suggested that the Team would be looking at the case as if it was “cold,” which meant a reexamination of what had gone on before. I expected us to learn some things that had gone unnoticed and have found a couple of new facts.
I’m not sure exactly how the question came up, but one of the Team wondered when the Yearbook had been printed. If it was early in the year, then many of those pictured might have rotated out of Roswell by July. Later in the year, then we might have a good snapshot of the personnel at the base.
Going through the Unit History, which is available on microfilm, I learned that the military police had suffered a 60% turn over from May 22 until the end of July, 1947. It is mentioned that many of those who had been sent in were untrained and were undergoing “on the job training.” This is an interesting statistic that might have nothing to do with the crash, whatever it was, but it does suggest that one of the units had seen a high number of its personnel replaced during this critical time.
But, I was searching for the answer to the production of the Yearbook. Since it was a large project, I thought there might be something about it in the Unit History. Here is what I learned in the August history:
"Throughout the month, much work was accomplished on the book of the base. Due to many people being on leave, on flights, and off the base for other reasons, work had been slow on this publication. It is now in the hands of the publisher and should be delivered by 1 November at the latest."
True, this isn’t a staggering find. It is part of the Roswell minutia, but it does answer the question. The book was sent off sometime in August and was expected back by November 1, 1947.
Yes, I know what you all are thinking... this really isn’t much and it’s really not very important. It is, as I say, minutia. But I wanted to make the point that we were learning some things. We’ve made a few other discoveries, but are waiting for corroboration before releasing that information. What I’m saying here is more to come with a much higher degree of relevance.