ON August 16, 1945, 20 mile southeast of San Antonio, New Mexico, Reme Baca and Jose Padilla literally
stumbled across the remains of what they believe to have been an alien spacecraft. Their personal
account of the case displays many of the key ingredients of crashed UFO lore:
In August of 1945 Jose Padilla and Reme Baca said they were sent out on horseback from the
Padilla Ranch in San Antonio, New Mexico tasked to check on Jose’s father’s herd of new cows.
What they were sent to do and what they claimed to have experienced was nothing short of what
actually occurred to them that frightening afternoon.
With their horses tethered as they hid behind a rock in the distant reaches of the New Mexico
desert -- Jose, 9 and Reme, 7 years of age at the time -- were awe-struck by the sound of thunder and
the grinding thud of something strange that came to earth on the Padilla Ranch in San Antonio, New
With trepidation tendered by child-like watchfulness they approached the crash site to within
200 yards to witness a craft stuck in rock and sand; its charred 30 foot hull shrouded in dust and
burned ash had skidded to rest at the end of a wide plough-like furrow the length of a football field.
Using binoculars they saw strewn wreckage, strange creatures and military activity that would
haunt them for days to come and -- for the rest of their lives.
All of this occurring two full years before the archetype of all UFO crashes on the Foster
Ranch outside the small town of Corona, New Mexico a mere 67 miles from Roswell.
These astonishing claims, made by Jose Padilla and Reme Baca, have been researched and
recorded by Denver author/researcher Paola Harris who -- in conversation with ZlandCommunications --
detailed how these two young Hispanic children: saw at least three creatures in the unusual oval
shaped craft, had, some days later, climbed into the craft itself to retrieve pieces of the wreckage
after guards had vacated the area and, how they were told by State Police to be quiet about what they
had seen. -- exopoliticsinstitute.org
Two little Hispanic children experienced an extraordinary event occurred in August of 1945.
Jose Padilla, age 9 and Reme Baca, age 7 witnessed a saucer crash on Padilla land in the town
San Antonio, New Mexico. They were witness to one of the most spectacular events in UFO history.
The book entitled Born on the Edge of Ground Zero: Living in the Shadow of Area 51 describes
Jose Padilla’s and Reme Baca’s detailed account of what happened in their childhood. They explain what
they saw the actual crash, the creature’s appearances, the pieces they took, the military clean up and
an in-depth analysis of the significance of this case.
First printed in The Mountain Mail, Soccorro, New Mexico on November 2, 2003 by journalist Ben
Moffet, the case was passed to me, journalist/researcher, Paola Harris in May 4, 2009. The desire to
finally disclose the details and the kind invitation of Reme Baca, led me to fly to Gig Harbor in
Washington State in the Northern part of the United States to interview witness Reme Baca and his
wife, Virginia in July 2010. Consequently because he now lives in California, I interviewed Jose
Padilla by telephone from the Baca house. During my two day stay, I was able to see and photograph the
piece that Jose extracted from the craft and study the detailed analysis of its composition done in
It is one of the most astounding cases I have ever covered in my career and it helps complete
the puzzle of why there has been so many crash retrievals in New Mexico. As journalist Ben Moffet who
so beautifully describes the cover-up, we can begin to see where it fits in UFO history:
It was in this crucible of suspicion and disinterest bred by familiarity that a small
contingent of the U.S. Army passed almost unnoticed through San Antonio in mid-to-late August, 1945 on
a secret assignment.
Little or nothing has been printed about the mission, shrouded in the “hush-hush” atmosphere
of the time. But the military detail apparently came from White Sands Proving Grounds to the east
where the bomb was exploded. It was a recovery operation destined for the mesquite and greasewood
desert west of Old US-85, at what is now Milepost 139, the San Antonio exit of Interstate 25.
Over the course of several days, soldiers in Army fatigues loaded the shattered remains of a
flying apparatus onto a huge flatbed truck and hauled it away. That such an operation took place
between about Aug. 20 and Aug. 25, 1945, there is no doubt, insist two former San Antonioans, Remigio
Baca and Jose Padilla, eyewitnesses to the event.
Padilla, then age 9, and Baca, 7, secretly watched much of the soldiers’ recovery work from a
The entire interview can be found at Interview With Reme Baca, Washington State and Jose
Padilla in California
NOTE: other than their interviews with Ben Moffett and Paola Harris, the witnesses have been
fairly tight-lipped over this incident. Because of the amount of time it took for the witnesses to
finally come forward with the information, I feel their claims need to be examined much further.
Photo: reme baca