first published on January 3, 2018 by Josh
1. The Ghost on Post in FOB Omar. -F530 Admin Josh
In 2008 I was in al-Karmah, Iraq, at a place called FOB Omar. The central building for our FOB was an old mortuary building, my platoon slept in the meat locker where they kept the bodies fresh for embalming. It was spooky, but not even close to the creepiest part of the FOB.
On the roof we had two posts. One was an actual post, the other had two echo silhouettes in it and disguised our counter-battery system. It was the best post on the FOB because you could easily watch your entire sector while another guy faced back towards the steps to keep a lookout for the COG, and the G-Boss camera couldn’t see you inside. (Let’s just say the smoking lamp was lit and helmets were sometimes optional.)
One night while my platoon is on the post cycle, our squad pulls the 0000 to 0600 post. One of my buddies is watching our sector, and I’m watching the stairs for our COG and I spot his head lamp turning off at the bottom. When I turn to let my post-mate know that he’s coming, I see another dark figure in the counter-battery post smoking a cigarette. Panic ensues inside the post, because I thought our platoon sergeant had been on the roof watching us dick around without helmets on the entire time.
When the COG gets to the top of the stairs, I see him make a straight line towards the other post. He stops about halfway across the roof and let’s out an audible “WTF?” then walks straight into our post and asks us if someone else was up on the roof with us.
I tell him that I thought I saw our Gunny in the counter-battery post smoking. He confirms that he thought the same. Only when he approached the post the figure straight up disappeared. When we went over to investigate, the post was empty but smelled like someone had been chain smoking in there the entire day.
Plenty of other people had almost identical experiences with that same thing throughout the deployment. It was still the best post to stand right up until the COC moved it out closer to the north ECP to get better sight lines.
2. The Ghost Patrol of Camp Lejeune -Howard Koontz
I was part of a training mission setting up “L shape” ambushes for some new trainees in Camp Lejeune NC. We were in the long line looking down this road. At Lejeune in the woods, all the roads are lit up by the sand so you could see down the road for quite a distance. I noticed a line coming up and nudged my trainee. He saw nothing. This shadow kept coming and more followed. Like a Marine patrol. This group turned to go up the road and I noticed they were wearing herringbone style uniforms and carried M-1s. This one guy passed right by me and looked me straight in the eye. All kept walking past there were 10. Nobody else saw them
3. The Disappearing Man. -Jon Weissman.
I was in Iraq in 2006 with the 101st. While we were there my company got attached to a mech unit and a company of mech got attached to my unit. We were att he mercy of the mech guys so they used us for all the BS work, so we had to pull security on the former ministry of defense building in Baghdad. Said complex had a large 15-20 story building with a huge hole right in the middle, can see clear through it. It was at least 3 stories tall and wide.
My buddy and i were messing around exploring, breaking stuff, looking for cool stuff. Doing stuff we shouldn’t be doing, as my buddy is shooting a fire extinguisher from the floor below, i was looking down at him from the top of an underground garage entrance while having a clear view of the building. I look down at him and then look up and i see someone standing in the middle of the crater of the building, and I look down to tell my buddy to stop messing around because I thought it was my squad leader looking to tear us apart for screwing off.
So i look back up and see the figure walk to the right. My buddy and i walk up to thr building, right where it was standing and there was nothing, so i look to the right where i saw the figure go and follow it but it was a dead end with a destroyed stair case. There was absolutely no way amyone could have gotten in or out. My squad leader was with my PSG the whole time.
4. Tent Invasion by A Little Ghost Girl. -Andrew DeGeorge
2008 FOB Normandy Iraq. Myself and 4 other very Trustworthy gents were sharing a tent in a group of abandoned tents on the back-end of the FOB. We planned on staying here for just a night because our barracks lost all generator power and we knew these tents had generators.
We fired up the generators to get some lights and AC. Right before we all drifted off to sleep the tents far-end door opened up and the lights started to flicker. We all simultaneously saw a figure as clear as day standing in the tent entrance. It was a little girl holding a basket. When I tell you we all screamed and ran to our HMMWV to leave that’s exactly what we did. Still to this day we all remember the story the exact same, and it gives me the chills every time I talk about it.
5. The Firefight That Never Happened. -Tyler Richards
Al Qa’im, Iraq 2006/2007. The train station was attacked by insurgents in the middle of the night. Every post was returning fire with crew served weapons, CAAT went out the wire to engage fighters, and were talking cobras on using the TOW system. Everyone had their fair share of trigger time. When day light broke, QRF went out to do a BDA. They found zero bodies, zero spent rounds, zero blood trails. The posts had bullet impacts on the bulletproof windows, and everyone with thermals saw fighters dropping and maneuvering. No one knows what happened to this day. Still a mystery. 3rd Bn 4th Marines.
6. The Shadow Figures on Graveyard Hill. -Jeremy Douglas
Was in a VSP in Nangahar that was built on a graveyard hill. Different guys would see tall black figures walking around at night. I even saw one while I was smoking at 3 am and it was about 15 feet tall and like a shadow. Many people saw them in the area, terps, infantrymen, SF and others. They never bothered anyone though and it would just make you paranoid at night when you’re on guard alone.
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