posted on Jul, 5 2019 @ 03:22 PM
I've shared this on ATS before twice, so I will copy it to share here. Still, to this day, the strangest thing to happen in my life:
This thread reminded me of something that happened to me that is very ATS-worthy, but that I rarely think or talk about. Truly one of the most
frightening moments in my life. I don’t think I have told more than one or two people outside of those who witnessed it, and I honestly think it may
be because I don’t want to be labeled as crazy.
I was in the Army and it was a boring week of classes inside of a hot and humid building on a warm summer day. This was at a base in the southern US,
approximately 10 years ago…actually it was almost certainly 2003, because I remember some of the people at the time. Lunch choices were MREs at the
building, or if we could be fast enough we could race across post and get something from a restaurant. A friend who was the driver of a HMMWV
suggested we grab the MREs and then take off for a leisurely drive during lunch, at least to cool off in the moving vehicle. Four of us did just that.
On board the vehicle was some kind of camera system that I want to say was experimental for some reason, but it basically looked like a ruggedized
police cruiser dash camera. I believe it was on and recording constantly when the vehicle was in motion, but I can’t be sure I remember that
correctly. I did not get a good look at it and did not find it too interesting.
There was a small monitor for playback of the video in the vehicle, but as I recall it had a tape or a disc or something that would usually be
removed in order to view the images full-size on a larger screen somewhere, for instance to examine evidence after a crash.
On with the narrative…
We drove around some barriers and into an abandoned housing area of the base. The paved roads were starting to be overtaken by trees on each side and
grass down the middle. I checked online satellite images just now out of curiosity, and it appears the area still looks just like it did back then.
There were very few buildings remaining and it did not look like the area was traveled much.
We were driving down a very broken-up paved road when we saw what was clearly a black box on the side of the road. I don’t think any of us thought
it was a big deal, so we did not look closely. I would say it appeared to be roughly 10 inches square, was dirty as if it had been there a while, and
appeared to be matte metal or plastic. I don’t remember seeing any holes, handles, or anything on it. I only saw it for a second or two, and I did
not think it was important, so I really cannot be sure.
One guy in the truck didn’t see the box, and when someone else made a comment that it could be some kind of unexploded ordnance (we were not EOD,
so we were not experts), he got agitated and suggested we go back for a look just in case it was something dangerous that should be reported. The
driver turned around and we went back, but the box was not where we had remembered it. The time between the first sighting of the box and our drive
back down was about 30 seconds, and there were no trees near the place where we saw the box, so we couldn’t figure out how it just seemed to
disappear. There was no way a person could have grabbed the box and ran away in that time, and the treeline was too far from the box for them to seek
cover. I think we were all starting to get nervous at that moment. But we had no idea what was about to happen.
The driver knew how to operate the video system and review the tape, so he suggested we do that. We thought that was a good idea. He rewound the
video to a random spot, which brought us back about 5 minutes. The monitor was tiny but we were all watching and wanted to see if the box was a
figment of our imaginations or something. I don’t think we ever expected to see what we saw. When the video came to the part where the box should
have been on the side of the road (wow, I am actually literally getting goosebumps just typing this and thinking of the incident!), there was no box.
Instead there was a really weird image of a soldier standing there, in our modern woodland camo BDU, with minimal load bearing equipment, staring at
the vehicle as it drove by. The soldier was not a solid form, it was like a mirage or something, you could see him (it was a male) but could see right
through him. The box was not there at all. We were sitting about 50 feet beyond that spot where we were viewing this, and I swear my entire body just
went into this scared stiff mode that was just unreal. I was an experienced law enforcement officer and soldier myself, and I was probably as
frightened at that moment as I ever was during a life-threatening man-made situation. I remember that we all went silent. Someone finally said,
let’s not turn around, let’s get the “F” out of here, and we did as fast as we could.
We never told anyone about that incident, and frankly for some reason we never spoke about it again. To this day I have no idea what we saw. I
suspect we accidentally came upon some sort of invisibility cloak testing or something along those lines. I believe that the box was what we were
“supposed” to see, but whomever was out there was taken by surprise by our sudden arrival on the road, and realized that the box needed to
disappear so we would not get curious.