Terry Lee Arbegust has posted an interview with a Colonel Thomas Ferebee who has said he was assigned to the base at Roswell in 1947. You can listen to the interview here:
In keeping with tradition, the first thing I did was look to see if he was in the Roswell Yearbook, but he is not. I do remember that Walter Haut told me that ten to twenty percent of the people assigned to the base were not included in the Yearbook, so this is not a fatal error. I did look in the base telephone directory and he is there in 1947 grouped in with the other majors. For a lark, I did look him up in the Roswell City Directory and he’s there too, showing that he was in the Army and that his wife’s name is Ann. So, we now know that his claim to being assigned to the base is an accurate one.
He told Arbegust that he was a friend of Blanchard and that, “I don’t think there was anything to it [the crash] myself. I never have. So we all have our own opinions.”
Ferebee mentioned that he was aware of the various books so he was aware of the various theories but that he hadn’t seen or read the books. He didn’t think it was a weather balloon, but did say, “I’m just saying I think it was something of ours we were testing. That’s what I’ve always figured.”
He also said, “I never bothered to go any further with it… I was aware of a lot of things that went on but I don’t know what it was.”
He said that he had no idea what they could have been testing in 1947 that would remain a secret today.
He confirmed that he was in Roswell in 1947 but then said that he had been at Sandia on TDY (Temporary Duty Assignment) for three months. He was attending some sort of training in Albuquerque so that he might not have been physically present in Roswell in July 1947.
All we learn from this is that Ferebee was a major assigned to the base in July 1947, he didn’t know much about the crash whatever it was but didn’t think it was a weather balloon. He thought that it was some secret equipment being tested but doesn’t know why it is still a secret… and importantly, he isn’t sure that he was there in Roswell in July and though assigned to the base at the time, he could have been TDY in Albuquerque.