You hear a moan, and realize that it's not the wind or your imagination. So who or what was it? Throughout the years, ghost stories have persisted on U.S. military bases in the Pacific.
Yongsan Garrison (South Korea)
Like many bases in the Pacific, Yongsan Garrison has buildings that date back to the Japanese occupation of Korea during the 1940s.
There is one building that had been dogged by ghostly rumors for years. One of those buildings, near the gas station on the garrison’s South Post, has been surrounded by rumors for years. It's a red-brick building situated in the center of the complex of offices. Many complain of feeling the hair on the back of thei neck stand up and getting a weird feeling when they're in the area.
During the occupation it was a prison, and the entire compound was surrounded by a crumbling wall. Some think that it was the prison's administrative office, but others who have worked in the building think that it was the prison's crematory where corpses were disposed of.
There's never been confirmation of this, but for those who had night duty around the building, none is needed. The shadows they saw was enough.
In 2017 it was decided that the U.S. Army was leaving Yongsan Garrison for Camp Humphreys, 55 miles south of Seoul.
Camp Zama (Japan)
This U.S. Army post is 25 miles southwest of Tokyo. The chapel at Camp Zama is reputed to be haunted. Doors open and then slam shut by themselves, lights are switched off by unseen hands and weird presences are felt in the rooms.
Those who have worked in the chapel speak of footsteps heard through the halls late at night. Others describe hearing disembodied voices speaking in Japanese as if they were giving orders. Personnel try not to be the last one there for the night.
The Japanese Army Academy was originally on this site, Camp Zama also houses an emergency shelter for the Emperor, and to this day, it has been maintained by the U.S. Army Garrison Japan. The Camp Zama theater workshop is one of the few remaining buildings from the preoccupation era. It is a large hall that was used for ceremonies by the Imperial Japanese Army.
Okinawa Island (Japan)
There is not one but several ghosts seen throughout Okinawa.
Gate 3 at Camp Hansen was eventually closed after Marines refused to stand guard due to the ghost of a WWII soldier dressed in blood splattered fatigues asking sentries to light his cigarette.
Across the road from Gate 3 there was a fierce Samurai battle. Some say that at night, you can still hear the moans from the wounded samurai warriors, as they lay there dying.
At Camp Foster, a ghostly samurai warrior reenacts a route from Stillwell Drive towards Futenma Housing.
At Kadena Air Base there was a small house number 2283, that sat behind the Kadena USO. The single-unit family home was built in 1952 and sat in a residential area reserved for mid-grade officers and civilians of comparable rank.
The story told is that in the early 1970s there was a murder-suicide where the husband who was an officer who bludgeoned his wife to death and then killed himself. It was said that the circumstances of the tragedy were hidden and that a new family was quickly moved in.
The next military family ended in tragedy as well when the father stabbed his step-daughter. After the murder, it was boarded up before being used as storage.
Passerbys claimed hearing the sounds of children crying, strange laughter, and seeing the ghost of a lady washing her hair at the sink of the abandoned house. There was a daycare next door, and teachers would find that children in the playground would throw toys over the fence because the children on the other side were asking for them. Curtains would be seen moving even though the house was empty After nightfall it was occasionally seen with a sickly, greenish glow about it.
On October 31, 1994, Jayne Hitchcock, a paranormal investigator staged a seance inside the building. They were hoping to contact Houdini, which didn't show, but instead captured a photograph with the outline of two children in it.
Hoping to play on its morbid reputation the USO staff decided to conduct a re-enactment of the murders on Halloween. Eventually all who had participated described having a series of unfortunate accidents. One had a car accident, another got an electric shock, and another even suffered from a broken neck.
These events did not help the house's reputation, and staff members would only visit the house/storage during daylight hours and never by themselves.
Finally base officials decided to just tear it down, but just like those who had participated in the reenactment, every time a worker would step into the building to begin the demolition, something would go wrong or someone would get hurt.
In 2010 the building was eventually demolished. The only thing left now is part of a the wall fence that surrounded the house. The grassy lot is vacant,
No evidence has been found about the deaths that allegedly took place at number 2283, but still it's hard to explain why the structure was demolished.
Right across from where the house stood there is a tomb that belonged to an Okinawan that lived long before the Americans established the base after WWII. Human bones were still inside it along with copper coins. This could definitely be the source of the ghostly sighting of a Samurai seen riding down the street where 2283 was situated.
This sub-tropical island has a very dark and tormented past. There is an area known as the Suicide Cliffs.
At the end of WWII, the Japanese military told the Okinawans that the American Marines would rape, torture and kill them if they were captured. Many of them decided to throw themselves off the cliffs surrounding the island in order to escape this fate. Those who refused to commit suicide were killed by the Japanese military after being accused of being spies.
Bolo Point, also known as Cape Zampa is one such spot where many jumped to their final fate. Their faces are said to be seen in the waves below the cliff, beckoning the living to join them.
In a cave called Chibichiri Gama 140 Okinawans hid out, 85 of them died. Those who were lucky had poison they could ingest. If this was not available, then a family member would be tasked with killing their loved ones and then dispatching themselves. They had no choice as they were told that they could be not be taken prisoners by the Americans.
What is it about this base that draws these forces to it? It is the violent past of the area or something else? Whether these stories are urban legend or are in part truth, base personnel don't like to discuss it. What is undeniable is that this base remains one of the most haunted locations in Okinawa.
Source - Stripes.com
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