Col. Corso - 'Day After
Roswell' Author - Leaves At 83
From CNI News
Col. Philip J. Corso (U.S. Army, ret.) died of a heart attack at approximately 11:15 pm EDT on Thursday, July 16, 1998. He was 83.
Corso, who was widely known for his controversial 1997 book, "The Day After Roswell," suffered a massive heart attack in early June of this year but made a remarkable recovery.
"He really wanted to stay," Corso's son, Philip Jr., told CNI News in a phone call on Friday afternoon. "The last three weeks [since the first attack] have been very productive. I knew he had more to say, and he told me a great deal" about the Roswell UFO incident, Philip Jr. said.
Col. Corso was at home on Tuesday, July 15 and was said to be feeling fine when he apparently suffered a second heart attack at about 9:00 a.m. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Palm Beach, Florida for treatment, but his condition deterioriated. Doctors decided to transfer him on Thursday evening to Jupiter Medical Center, where he had been treated for his earlier attack. Col. Corso reportedly died at about the time he reached the Jupiter facility.
Unpublished manuscripts and other UFO-related information left by Col. Corso will be protected and made available in due course to researchers and the public, Philip Jr. said. "This is what my father lived for," he added.
Colonel Corso was a highly decorated soldier, recipient of 30 medals and commendations during his long military career. According to Philip Jr., the Colonel was most proud to have received the Knight Officer Crown of Italy for his exceptional service in Italy during and after World War II. Philip Jr. told CNI News that Col. Corso is the only American soldier to have received this honor from Italy.
Col. Corso will be buried in a military cemetary near Orlando, Florida. He is survived by two children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Condolences may be sent to the family of Philip Corso, Jr., care of the Roswell UFO Museum. Send attn: Philip Corso Jr., PO Box 2221, Roswell, NM 88202; fax (505) 625-1907; email care of
In lieu of flowers, Philip Jr. told CNI News that a fund will be established to create a memorial plaque in Col. Corso's name. The memorial will be placed at "the true crash site" of the 1947 Roswell UFO crash, according to Philip Jr. Donations in any amount for creation of the memorial can be sent to: Col. Philip Corso Memorial, c/o Roswell UFO Museum, PO Box 2221, Roswell, NM 88202.
Further information will be posted to the CNI News web site as it becomes available.

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