Dr. Jesse A. Marcel was just 11 years old when an unidentified flying object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947.
His father, Jesse Sr., is said to be the first military officer to arrive at the site of what became the internationally famous Roswell incident. Jesse Sr. brought several items home from the crash site to show his wife and son, laying the otherworldly objects down on the kitchen table.
The official explanation for the items is a downed weather balloon, but those objects and the event surrounding them ended up following the Marcel family for decades. Jesse Jr. spoke publicly about that day with media and audiences across the world, and even wrote a book, “The Roswell Legacy.”
Jesse Jr., who served as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Helena and was appointed as the surgeon general of Montana, died in August 2013. Now a documentary is aiming to look at his life to tell the story from an angle it hasn’t been viewed from before.
The documentary, “Growing Up With Roswell,” will be written and directed by Jesse Jr.’s cousin, Leonard J. Marcel.
“This movie is really about how an incident can affect an entire family,” Leonard said.