Top 10 creepiest military stories

The military profession is terrifying by nature. Troops fight wars, and
that’s bound to have created a few vengeful spirits over
the last few centuries. That element has given rise to some of the best ghost stories
and urban legends out there. Here are a few of the
most enduring classics from around the world. Number 10, the Alamo in Texas. (guns firing) The Battle of the Alamo in
1836 was the culmination of the Texan struggle for independence. The site in San Antonio is
now essentially a cemetery for the nearly 200 Texan defenders and roughly 600 Mexican soldiers who were killed in the fight. Their remains were dismembered, burned, and dumped in the San Antonio River, and tales of paranormal activity surfaced just a few days later. The first account of
ghosts at the Alamo came when Mexican General Juan Jose Andrade, who made camp several miles away, sent a colonel with a
contingent of men to burn the Alamo soldiers’ bodies to
prevent the spread of disease. The men instead came back,
having forsaken the mission because six diablos, or
devils, were guarding the front of the old Alamo mission. And over the last 80
years, visitors to the site have reported seeing small boys tagging along in groups
before disappearing, hearing the clatter of horse
hooves on the pavement, and spotting an eerie man
and a small boy jumping from the roof of the Alamo Mission. (haunting orchestral music) Number nine, the haunted house
at Kadena Air Base in Japan. Building 2283 on Kadena
is a single family home for officers that currently sits vacant, not because there aren’t
enough O-5s at Kadena, but, legend has it, because
a spectral samurai warrior occasionally rides through its halls. Other sightings at 2283 have included a woman washing her hair in the sink, a curtain opening in
front of a tour group, a phone ringing despite
there not being a phone line connected to the house, and lights and faucets turning on by themselves. Residents of the house have reported bloodstains on the carpet and curtains, as well as an unearthly chill in the room where a real teenage girl was stabbed to death by her stepfather. The house itself rests across the street from an Okinawan samurai warrior’s tomb. Coincidence? You be the judge. Number eight, Bitburg
Middle-High School in Germany. The Bitburg School was run
by the Department of Defense for dependents of American
military service members. Bitburg was constructed in
Bitburg Air Base housing in 1956, supposedly on the site of a Nazi air base. It’s also consistently rated as one of the most haunted places in Germany, sharing that list with
a pagan ritual altar and the Dachau concentration camp. As if it weren’t enough
to be full of ghosts, they’re also Nazi ghosts,
which is way more frightening. Lights constantly flash on and off, furniture moves in front of doors so they can’t be entered from the outside, and during the night, voices
can be heard screaming at the top of their lungs
throughout the building. (woman screams) Apropos of nothing, it closed in 2017. Number seven, the World War II
ghost blimp in San Francisco. On August 16th, 1942,
the U.S. naval blimp L-8 took off from Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay with a crew of two. Their mission was to conduct an anti-submarine patrol of the coast. The blimp came back, but
the crew disappeared. Their last transmission reported
an oil slick in the water. Witnesses at sea testified
that they saw the airship circle the oil slick, but they failed to drop depth charges to burn up the oil. The crew of the fishing trawler Daisy Gray reported seeing two men in the gondola as L-8 circled the area
at 200 to 300 feet, then dipped down to 30
feet, then rose again and headed back to San Francisco. L-8 drifted back to the coast and crashed with the crew’s parachutes, lifebelts, and life raft all intact. Other than the damage from the crash, the ship was in perfect order. But the crew were never seen again. Number six, March Air
Reserve Base in California. What is today a dental practice
at March Air Reserve Base once housed a children’s
tuberculosis clinic, and in the basement below was a morgue. Some of the staff reported seeing apparitions of small children playing in the building at
night or hiding objects. One ghost, however, is less than playful. A teenage girl has reportedly been seen walking around the hospital,
her face sliced open, talking to herself and searching
for the person who cut her. In 2016, an officially-sanctioned
paranormal team explored March Field and
reported that a shadow figure blocked their exit in one room. Their audio equipment picked up voices the team couldn’t hear in person. The team asked where the
light was, and a voice on the recorder answered, quote, “It’s over here.”
– It’s over here. – [Narrator] Finally, when the
team asked how many spirits were there in the room with them, a man’s voice on the recording answered. – [Narrator and Man] Six. – [Narrator] But then, a higher
voice corrected him to say, “Seven.”
– Seven. – [Narrator] Number five, the USS Hornet’s 50-member ghost crew. The USS Hornet is an aircraft carrier built during the Second World War. It is also the most haunted
ship in the United States Navy. In 27 years, the ship lost 300 of her men to accidents and suicides. Tourists and sailors alike
report strange voices and apparitions of sailors
in outdated uniforms roaming the halls of the ship. Radios and other equipment on the vessel are said to turn on and off on their own. One Coastie reported getting lost in an unknown passageway and encountering the specter of a sailor in
his dress white uniform. A retired sailor who served
as a dockmaster for the Hornet shared his story of a ghost in dungarees trying to solve the same task
he was solving while on duty. Nonbelievers and truth-seekers alike can spend the night on the USS Hornet, whose haunted halls are
moored in Alameda, California. Number four, the ghostly gate guards at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan. The old gate three at Kadena
was said to be frequented by a World-War-II-era
soldier covered in blood, asking for a light for his cigarette. The stories of his
hauntings were so chilling that Marines refused to
stand guard at the gate. One MP reportedly shot himself
with a negligent discharge when surprised by a visit from the ghost. Others swear they caught
a glimpse of the spirit in the gate’s security footage. In the 1990s, it was said
that the ghosts of hundreds of Japanese soldiers were
attracted to the area. They approached so many
times that their activity was recorded in the 2000
book Ghosts of Okinawa. The gate has since been closed. Number three, the cursed Russian graveyard in Helmand Province. Marines stationed at
Observation Point Rock in Helmand Province,
Afghanistan, reported a number of frightening incidents
not far from a mass grave. One corporal called for
backup when he heard a voice speaking to him in
Russian during the night. The Marines found graves at the site, a place in Helmand considered
cursed by the locals because of the unending
amount of human bones that are constantly discovered there. The Rock, as it came to be known, was the reported site of
Afghan mujahideen executing Russian soldiers during Russia’s
occupation of the region. Because of the bones and
the strange sightings, it soon became known as the Haunted OP. But it wasn’t just the Marines
seeing or hearing things. The UK’s Welsh Guards who came to the OP before the Marines reported strange noises and unexplainable lights
in their own night vision. Even the locals have
forsworn the haunted earth. Number two, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Widely considered the most
paranormally active site in the United States
Army, Fort Leavenworth has over 36 haunted buildings. One guardhouse, tower eight of
the old disciplinary barracks that were torn down in 2004, still stands. It’s said that a soldier
who committed suicide with his service shotgun
inside tower eight will sometimes call
the guard control room. After a prisoner uprising
during World War II, guards executed 14 prisoners,
one on the hour, every hour, but they ran out of room on the gallows. They were forced to use the elevator shaft in the administration
building as an extension. Now, soldiers report hearing screams from the elevator when
no one else is around. But perhaps the most haunted
area is called the Rookery. The building was once the
base commander’s quarters but it was turned into family housing, and people still live there. The Rookery is said to
house a number of ghosts. The Lady in White was
supposedly tortured and killed by local tribes while the
soldiers were off-post. She screams and chases
people she sees in the night. Number one, the ghost plane
of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A year and a day after the
attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. radar detected an approaching plane. American pilots intercepted
the United States P-40, complete with markings, bullet holes, and sheared landing gear. Its pilot was slumped
over and covered in blood but smiling and waving. Suddenly, he disappeared and
the plane plummeted to earth. (plane rumbles) The wreckage was found,
but the pilot’s remains were nowhere to be seen. There was a diary at the crash site, however, which suggested the plane was stationed on the island of Mindanao. Rather than providing answers, the ledger only raised more questions. Where had the shredded plane
been for the past year? How did it take off without landing gear? And what became of the pilot’s body? What are the creepiest
stories you’ve come across? Or did you experience any
hauntings of your own? Leave us a comment and let us know. Oh, and good luck sleeping tonight. (wind whistling)

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