Monday, November 13, 2017

Strategic Deception Planner and UFO Witness

In a previous blog post I pointed out the possible 1947 org chart of Joint Security Control (JSC) and specifically two colonels in the Special Section of JSC that dealt with strategic deception - Air Force Colonel Willard Van Deman Brown and Army Colonel Carl Goldbranson. Goldbranson’s connection to early UFO history has already been discussed and now I would like to focus the spotlight on Colonel Brown.

Willard Brown was a direct descendant of Solomon Brown, the American minuteman who was thought to have fired the first shot at the Battle of Lexington during the Revolutionary War in 1775. Willard first attended Georgia Tech in 1929 and then in 1932 joined the Army Air Corp and gained his wings at Randolph Field, Texas under the tutelage of future Joint Security Control member and Director of the Central Intelligence Group (CIG, Later CIA) Hoyt Vandenberg.

Willard went on to advanced flying school in 1933 at Kelly Field, Texas before joining the 20th Pursuit Squadron at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In 1935, Willard left active duty to fly commercially for American Airlines at Fort Worth, Texas. It was around this time that he met and fell in love with Miss Madeleine Lorraine Wilson of Shreveport and soon they were married. Willard decided he had enough of civilian life and rejoined the Army Air Corp in 1938, still a 2nd Lieutenant.

Willard then served at Hamilton Field, California when his first daughter was born in 1940 and soon after he got orders for Wheeler Field in Hawaii, his wife and infant daughter accompanying him there in January of 1941. Willard became a 1st Lieutenant in Oct 1941, just prior to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor two months later. Although Wheeler was the first to be hit, the family survived the attack. Willard sent his wife and child back stateside.

The following year, now a Major, Willard became Wheeler Field’s base operations officer. In 1943, Willard became a Lieutenant Colonel and received his first base command in charge of the advanced flying school at Spence Field, Georgia. His full bird Colonel rank came the following year in 1944.

Then a unique opportunity fell into Willard's lap in August 1944 – he was hand selected along with two other Air Force colonels to attend an extraordinary month long training course in September dubbed as the “Young Ladies’ Guide to Truth and Honor”, a euphemistic name for the first course on strategic deception organized in the United States, with a curriculum planned by Carl Goldbranson himself.

Willard then shows up on Joint Security Control rosters in 1946 and up to April 1947 at which point the National Archive’s JSC paper trail ends. In 1948, Willard is at the Air War College.

But in 1950, Willard surfaces again, this time as an alleged UFO witness of a case listed in the Project Blue Book unknowns:

Aug. 20, 1950; Nicosia, Cyprus. 1:30 p.m. Witnesses: USAF MATS liaison officer Lt. William Ghormley, Col. W. V. Brown, Lt. Col. L.W. Brauer. One small, round, bright object flew fast, straight and level for 15-20 seconds. Case # 793: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook Unknowns

So the first question on your mind is probably, how do you know the Colonel W. V. Brown mentioned is indeed Willard and not some other Air Force Colonel with similar initials? Let me lay out the evidence that points to Willard.

I will start first with an interesting tidbit. On January 8, 1950, in newspaper articles all over the United States, it is announced that Colonel Willard Van D. Brown was being sent to Moscow as the new Air Attaché. But it appears those orders were rescinded as Willard does not show up on the American legation Foreign Service list for 1950.

Where he does show up is in Ankara, Turkey from May of 1950 to May of 1952 as the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force Group, a part of the Joint Military Mission for Aid to Turkey. Willard’s duties in Turkey included working on a National Security Agency Project per declassified documents. So this places Willard in the right general area of the world for the August, 1950 UFO sighting in Cyprus.  

An April 1964 newspaper article details a presentation Willard gave at an Exchange Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he discusses: “The widening political gap between Turkey and the island of Cyprus. Van Brown, an Exchange Club member and retired Air Force colonel, was stationed in Turkey two years during the 1950s and visited the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus several times.”

The right name, the right place and the right time – Colonel Willard Van Deman Brown - a Project Blue Book unknown was witnessed by none other than one of the principal strategic deception planners from the early UFO era. What are the odds? There is far more than meets the eye here. Stay tuned.


  1. Hello Mr. Carrion,

    Interesting that the sighting was in Aug 1950, a few months before Wilbert Smith's memo.

    I made the following post at the Paracast forums.

    According to what's online, Smith's memo was filed:


    [downgraded in 1969] CONFIDENTIAL


    OTTAWA, Ontario, November 21, 1950


    Now, take a few minutes and read about Klaus Fuchs, the atomic spy:

    Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs (29 December 1911 – 28 January 1988) was a German theoretical physicist and atomic spy who, in 1950, was convicted of supplying information from the American, British, and Canadian Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union during and shortly after the Second World War. While at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fuchs was responsible for many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons, and later, early models of the hydrogen bomb. [. . .]

    Under interrogation by MI5 officer William Skardon at an informal meeting in December 1949, Fuchs initially denied being a spy and was not detained.[45] In January 1950, Fuchs arranged another interview with Skardon and voluntarily confessed that he was a spy.[46]​

    So, even if Sarbacher admitted the memo was genuine, that would not mean the memo was not part of an intel operation to mislead or flush out Soviet agents. As interesting as they were and are, UFOs didn't destroy Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

    IMHO there could be a connection with the alleged Aug. 20, 1950 to give some further meat to the UFO phenomenon. US reports, especially as described by the Smith memo, might have distracted Soviet agents from atomic secrets that the US and allies wanted to keep better secured.

  2. Thank you for your comments William. Yes, the potential connections are intriguing indeed. By the way have you read my updated book Anachronism? I have seen some previous posts where you stated that you were not convinced by the "Rosetta Deception".

  3. I will definitely take a look at your updated book, James.

    Currently my view is that there is some kind of actual, unexplained phenomenon popularly called flying saucers / UFOs. Then too, I can definitely see why certain gov. agencies would be willing to exaggerate or fabricate stories about them to help guard actual national secrets, especially regarding nuclear capability. My reservation would be in saying that all flying saucer / UFO reports originate from some group devoted to deception, and I am not saying that that is what you propose. I just have not seen a clear comment on if you think there is a real phenomenon apart from staged deceptions, or what the percentages of real to staged might be, if it is possible to guestimate on that. But I do think you are on to something important. Like you, I came to the tentative conclusion that Roswell was probably a counter-intel operation of some sort, and after that I came across some of your material that basically says the same. So I definitely think you have got an important idea to investigate, and I wish you the best in your endeavors on it.

  4. William, I do not disagree with your approach. For the record it is entirely plausible that some UFO sightings are "real" in the sense they are not explained via mundane means. It is also entirely plausible that Earth has been visited. My feeling is that until human intervention is known and acknowledged to help separate out those events that are the product of Cold War intrigue, we will never be able to focus on the true unknowns. Thank you for your comments.

  5. Mr. Strathman, I am the second daughter of Col. Willard Van Deman Brown, and at age four was with my father and mother Madeleine Brown and sister Betsey Brown in Nicosia, Cyprus when my father observed a flying object in broad daylight.