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Do you have any GHOST Stories to tell. Weather you served on the HORNET or not, and you experienced a ghostly encounter, please send me your story for addition to this page.

Send to drmiles at caltech dot edu, or go to the Ghost Story Submission Page and fill out the form, I will then add them to this page.
You can also send them to me via U.S. Mail at:

Dwayne Miles
Sr. Stage Technician / Network Administrator
(Mail Code) 332-92
Pasadena, California 91125

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In early February, 2009 I was volunteering on USS Hornet with a group of my fellow US Coast Guardsmen. We were painting a compartment and a few of us were wearing white Tyvek paper suits. When our paint started running low I went off in search of the Hornet worker that was supplying our paint, getting lost in the process. As I wandered the passageways I came off a "side" passage onto the starboard main passageway, one deck below the hangar deck. I saw what I thought was one of my coworkers stepping off the main hall onto a side passage about 25 feet away from me. I called out to him but he kept walking and when I got to the hall he stepped into, there was a chain blocking the entrance and it was an empty compartment! Needless to say I was confused, but kept walking and eventually found my way back to the room we were painting. When I saw the coworker I thought I had seen earlier, I mentioned to him that I had called him in the passageway but he told me that he hadn't left the room for about an hour. Later when I mentioned this to the Hornet employees, one lady said that I had seen the "Dress Whites Ghost", apparently an apparition of a sailor wearing his dress white uniform!

Bob Eiess
Coast Guard Island
Alameda, California

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I love ghost stories and shows on tv about ghost and ghost investigations. About 3 or 4 years ago, I visited the Hornet with my family and about 15 other people from our church. I knew stories about seeing soldiers at certain parts of the ship, and kept my eyes open, but didn't see anything. After the tour, before we were leaving, my mom and I stopped off at the bathroom. We were the only ones in there, and when we went to wash our hands we were chatting. When we got over to the sinks, we could hear two guys talking (one of them actually sounded like a kid perhaps) pretty loud; not loud enough to understand what they were saying, but loud enough that we noticed and had to talk over them. We figured that there was a men's restroom next door to the women's, but when we walked out there wasn't, so we just figured someone must have been outside talking and we just didn't see them. A few months later, we were watching a ghost show and they talked about the Hornet. Sure enou gh, they showed the bathroom we were in and talked about reports of men talking near the sinks! It was very creepy and I for sure will never go there at night for one of those overnighters!

Katie

shifty.jones@gmail.com

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My son and I just came back from the USS Hornet, today is June 28, 2008 and we stayed overnight on the ship. This morning, at 9:40: a.m. I went to the Men's restroom, after just a few minutes, the fans and light swtiches went on and off in a very timely manner, when I left the bathroom, there were nobody there, there were nobody in the subfloor of the deck before I went to the bathroom as most people were waiting to get on the Flight Simulator. I reported it to the head of security, but I think it could have been a prank by some kids. I don't know, but the fact that there are no cameras or security patrols within the ship, there will never be a valid way to prove anything. I have heard other stories, and I think it could be your imganinations running wild, but a mechanical switch going on and off in a very timely manner is beyond me.

Michael A

cadacon@yahoo.com

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My husband and I went with my aunt to tour the USS hornet. At the end of the day when the tours were closing down, my husband drug me off into a section of the ship that was obviously not open to tourists. The hallways were dark, the side rooms had bed frames just tossed into them, debris strewn all over like a trash heap. I was getting nervous we would either get lost or get into trouble for being in a section that was closed. Suddenly a full uniformed officer came from around the corner. I knew for sure we were in trouble. He walked past us. He never made ANY eye contact, no acknowlegdment of our presence what so ever. He then turned into one of the rooms about 10 feet ahead. We followed behind him, and when passing the side room he went into, again piled high with bed frames and what not, he was gone. I told my husband we had to get out of there. Just then my camera crashed to the floor. The camera came apart from the strap. I have owned this camera for 8 years. Ne ver before and never since has the camera come off the strap. I think back now - and I think what sent off alarms was the lack of air movement as he walked by, and NO acknowldgement that we were even there. I truly believe we saw a ghost!

Kathleen

katpickett@comcast.net

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I was a young girl living in san diego california (in fact a native) every day on my way to school, i passed a garage behind a home on 33rd & k st and what i thought was a ham radio operator speaking in the garage, i was later told he was a navy radioman listed as missing during ww2. I remember passing the home many times later, seeing his wife hanging clothes on the lines in the backyard. I always felt a little sad but was too bashful to speak to her. I don't remember the mans name but read in the san diego newspaper when he was found that the the ghost of guam was a local man. Do you know if he ever lived in san diego and what was his name?

BARBARA JEANNE URSO

FRISKYLADY@AABOL.COM

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I was recently aboard the USS Hornet on a 4H Exchange Club trip with my host family and took lots of pictures but when I got home and started looking through the pictures I took, I noticed in the medical wing in one of the rooms I took a picture and when I took it the chair in the picture was empty and when I looked at the picture that night chills ran up my spine when I seen someone sitting in the chair in that picture that was wearing something that looked like an old time pilots helmet and looked like he was tied down. I asked all the people that were on that trip if they would look at the picture and they did and saw the same thing I did. Take it this was down in medical operating wing on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 around 4:25 pm.

Steven Shirk

walnutst@hotmail.com

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While on a boy scout overnighter on the ship, I was on night watch at 4 am. I was reading a book in the chapel alone at a large heavey table. Everyone else was asleep, but there were many sounds coming from all around. I heard a loud sound on the solid steel floor next to me, then the table thumped and moved slightly. My shift soon ended, I then layed awake in bed not able to return to sleep. I told no one as to not frighten any boys.

teve Peterson

petersondd@aol.com

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I work on the Hornet for the live aboard program and part of the program involves telling ghost stories in the forecastle. Every now and then one of the other crew members decides to put on a sailor uniform and scare the kids, I'm used to seeing him, but one night as he walked out of the bullnose,i saw another man in a sailor uniform behind him,he was there for a split second and then vanished, later in the month on a different live aboard, I saw the same man on the catwalk, once again he vanished into thin air.

Ryan Garrett

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It was the 2005 Fleet Week in San Francisco and our sea cadet unit from attended it. It was my first time that I attended Fleet Week and I was really excited when someone told me that we would be spending the night onboard a retired aircraft carrier, the USS Hornet. When I got aboard all seemed normal until the night came and the word started going around that the ship was haunted. I have a very strong belief and fear of ghosts so I belived it. Worse off, all of us had to participate in a the fire and security watch for our individual units. Mine got called at three in the morning. So I swithched into my work utilites and I made my way from the Marine racks to the CPO Mess area. It had to be the scariest thing I have ever done. When I got down there, the other unit watch standers were waiting for us. I rember hearing cries for help and I immediatley alerted security thinking we had a medical situation with a cadet. But strangley, we were the only ones who hered it and after checking the two racks sections near us, we did not find the source of the cry. An hour later there was a distinctive smell of pipe or cigar smoke and we did not know were it came from. We radioed security to see if anyone had been somking on the decks above us, but they said someone was smoking a cigarette on the fantail and we were two decks down. That was really weird. The strangest was the sound of foot steps near the head on the deck above us. We thought someone had gotten out of their rack without permission and gone to the head without alerting us. So when went up and checked, but no one. The rest of the night I could not sleep because I kept hearing voices near my rack. I was relived that we only stayed there a night. I could not have survived two

Anonymous

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This happened while I was serving as Dockmaster at NAS Alameda. I was a BM1(SW) at the time.

It's been over 10 years from the last time I was on the USS Hornet. After my last deadstick of the Hornet to pier 1 I was so upset that I played sick the next two moves. Only just now do I tell my story as I have seen others come out with sightings and I don't feel so much like a fool any more. Anyhow hear is my story.

1995 or 96 I'm not sure which we had allot of ship traffic coming in and out of Alameda. The Lincoln had just left and they wanted to get the Hornet over to pier one for some reason or another. I always hated dead-sticking the Hornet. It moved like a cow, it took all day and I always got assigned the focsle. (At the time I was a BM1). the focsle was always hot during the summer and no power made it just that much more interesting.

Well we cast off the lines and the tugs pulled us off the pier. I had two line handlers with me and the transit from one pier to the next was likely to take an hour or so. They wanted to go up and check out the flight deck, I told them no problem but get the mooring lines ready to run first. They went ahead and layed out the line and tied the heaving line to the eye (the heaving line was up on deck and the bitter end was passed though the chock.

They left and closed the QAWTD behind them. I was sitting by myself when I noticed that the Mooring line was passed though the bits in the wrong direction. I mumbled out loud "that ant going to work" And I froze as I heard a voice behind me say "that isn't right".

I turned around and didn't see anyone. I walked to the forward part of the room and checked the WTD it was chained shut. I shook it off and went back to the line. The out of the corner of my eye I saw someone walking by the captsan I turned and figuring it was a line handler (he was wearing dungarees) I asked him if he had said something. He didn't even look at me he and bent over looking at something.

At that moment something caught my eye and I blinked. when I looked back the sailor was nowhere to be found.

I opened the QAWTD and went into the hallway. I was scared. I waited till the line-handlers came back and then went back in with them. I never told them or anyone else a thing. I didn't want to be figured as one of those ghost kooks.

Anyhow I saw a TV special on Ghosts on the Hornet and they mentioned activity in the focsle area so I figure It wouldn't hurt to finally tell my experience.

Things I know for a fact. I was the only one in the Focsle at the time. My linehandlers had shut the QAWTD and there is no way anyone could had opened it without me hearing it. And all other doors were chained or locked shut.

BM1 (SW) Chris Bartlett
U.S Navy Retired

wetotter@pacbell.net

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I was a girl scout a few years ago and we sleept over on the ship. the first thing that happend was four of the older girls one being my sister slept in the little room with the four little bunks were they said theve very sick men slept.we all put our blankets and sleeping bags in our bunks then went to the eating area. a little while later we came back and in the little room were my sis was going to sleep all of ther stuff was thrown around. no one was supposed to be allowed to go down to the sleeping area when we were eating. after that some girls went to listen to ghost stories.the stoies scared me but i didnt think i would see anything,and my bed was in the was in the worst spot. from were i was sleeping write across was a red lite. most of the nite i was under m sleeping bag cuz i was so scared and finaly when i took my head out of the blanket i looked at the red lite and there was a man standing write next to it. i was so scared i put the blanket write back unde r the blanket and i didnt cme ut untill i heard the leaders tell us to get up. then when it was morning and everyone was glad to be in sunlight i was talking to my siste and her and her friend said at the same time they seen a man staning in the door way and we described the same man(hight,knd of hat)i will never ever go back to that ship!!!!!!!!!ever!!!!!!!

DiAmOnD tIsCaReN

DiAmOnDsAyS00@YAHOO.COM

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I was on the girl scout Jr. crew member sleepover along with Rebecca, her mom and my mom.I thought it would be normal,I was wrong.I had just turned out my reading light.I will tell you now,I was on the third bunk and nobody was sleeping under me, Rebecca was sleeping beside me but nobody was under me.Back to the story,the light was off and I tried to go to sleep.I felt three pushes below me like I was being woken up, so I got up.I looked around I saw a white light in the corner and saw two sailor ghosts one said to the other "Watch that one" First I pinched myself,it hurt. Unfortunatly I was the only one awake so nobody else saw.

Julia

JewelsB412@aol.com

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On the same night as my first encounter, I also came across this one, we went down to breakfast and the crew was eating, we had a group of girl scouts and we heard this banging, the girls in E section were scared out of their wits, Zora went down or up I should say and we were jokin around and she radioed that a 300 lb locker started rocking by itself, and scooted 2 feet forward, now it was early and so we were messin around so someone radioed to E section to rock it back, or ask the ghost to do it. Iím still not sure how a locker that size managed to move that much by itself.

Ryan "scarecrow" Garrett

spacecataz4@aol.com

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My first day as a crew member was Jan 8 2005, Iím with live aboard and I heard some stories, you know, like why were all afraid to go to the brig by ourselves or at night. And I was staying in j.o.b. I heard stories of bunk 13 I think it was, winter told me that one. She also told me about the guy she nicknamed "flyboy". He haunts the area around j.o.b and opens and slams hatches and talks and laughs, heís like one of the good ol' boys who hang around and watch out for us, but that night I was in bed, and I know we had dogged the hatches into the hanger and the foc'sol, but I clearly heard the hatch open, slam and then we heard footsteps all the way to the hanger, then we heard the hatch open shut and the we heard it being dogged down, that happened about 3 times. After that, I kinda got angry because I wanted to sleep, so I went in the hall said "hey flyboy, keep it down" I was scared but after that he came through again but left the hatches open.

Ryan Garrett

spacecataz4@aol.com

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About three years ago my uncle and cousin went to go see the USS Hornet. They didnt know anything about the ship being haunted, they just wanted a little history leeson. Well about two days later they got sme pictures developed that they had taken on the ship. In almost all of the the pictures, you can see a kind of cloud of smoke. In one picture it shows a picture of an X-ray machine, and it's turned on, but you can see the cord and the outlet in the picture, and the X-ray machine wasnt plugged in! There was also a picture of a hospital bed that had a shadow shaped like a human laying on it, and we had been looking at the picture for a few hours, b/c it looked like there was a ghost on it, and we were positive there was nothing on the bed except the shadow. Then we were on the internet reading about some scary stories, and I looked back at the picture and there was an axe laying on the bed that hadnt been there before!! and the scariest part was that my uncle sa id he hadnt even taken any pictures in the hospital part!!!! It was pretty scary and I think my uncle still has the pictures.

Megan

cheermonkey21c@aol.com

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I was on a eigth grade field trip with a town called FRANKSTON in the year 2002.I spent the night on this ship it was called the blue ghost. While i was walking down the narrow Hallway down one of the tours and i was beside the medical department and i was with a group of 5 and we was the only people on this tour at the time while we was sitting there looking at the medical table and out of the corner of my eye i saw a object walk by it seemed to pause. The group and i followed what i thought i saw but when we walked around the corner there was nothing there. Some people that i told this too thought we was crazy but i know i saw something. You really need to come see this ship because the ghost won't hurt you they just want someone to talk to.

Michael lee

micfrog24@yahoo.com

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Sometime in April I went to the USS Hornet with a couple of my friends and so we wanted to see if we could find any ghost so we took a video camera. When we were there for about 2 hours my camera was fully charged. When we went in to the place where they did surgery my camera all of a sudden shut off and said low battery powering off. So I thought that was odd until me and my friends felt cold air going pass us so we were scared out of our minds so we ran to the flight deck and I tried to turn my camera on then it turned on it was fully charged and running normal. So we thought a ghost did something to it and when I was watching the tape I slowed it down before the part the camera turned off I could see a light white figure in the corner but when I was in that room I seen nothing so my camera picked up

Elizabeth

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In the anchor room , one of the biggest rooms, a man was trying to hang his cot. He thought he heard something, so he turned around, and slipped. In his hand he was holding the end of his cot. When slipping, he pulled the rope and hung himself in a freak accident. Several minutes later, other members of the Hornet found him hung. To this day, people still see his ghost roming the room.

Nick Cody

rita_cody@msn.com

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In general, an aircraft carrier is considered to be one of the six most dangerous places in the world to work. The Hornet was powered by super-hot steam that exceeded 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes the room temperature would exceed 125 degrees, causing crewmen to die from heatstroke. If a steam pipe ruptured, it would release an invisible stream of intense heat capable of killing sailors instantly before they were aware of what happened. Their blood was instantly boiled beneath their skin, causing their skin to fall off their bodies. One crewman had his arm severed by one of these invisible steam jets, causing him to pass out. He bled to death in this room and when fellow shipmates found him, they discovered that the steam had boiled his blood and peeled his skin from his body. Now his ghost inhabits this room, sometimes accompanied by engine sounds. The ghost has been detected by the master control panel.

bj stead

oopy90@hotmail.com

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In World War II, the U.S.S. Hornet was in a battle near Japan. In this battle, the Japanese understood they were overpowered by sea. As a solution, kamacaze pilots were sent to crash on the carriers. One being the Hornet. One particular pilot missed the carrier and crashed nearby in the sea. He was saved and then sent to a cell on the Hornet in which he spent the rest of his life. While living there, he went mad in his cell and then, a month or so later, he died. It is rumored that he still haunts the cell that he spent his life in, unable to get out. Stuck like he was when he was alive.

aaron

evil_goku@hotmail.com

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I visited the USS Hornet with my family this past summer on reunion day. Because my grandfather had served on her in WWII, we got a "private" tour by one of the guides and off we went below decks with a video camera going and my grandfathers small WWII notebook with the layout of the ship in it. Then we took a regular tour with a group of people. We videotaped our whole time there, several hours worth. When we ran the video, we noticed what appeared to be a flash of light down by what was the medical treatment area in WWII. I thought it was just a reflection off a fixture or something. But there was no light attached to the video camera. And no one else was down there except my family and the tour guide and they were all next to me.When we slowed the video down frame by frame, it isn't a flash of light at all. What you can clearly see is a sleeve of a white uniform with dark stripes at the end of the sleeve and a hand in reaching across the hallway. It is a side view and it appears at the far end of the hall slowly, then is pulled back suddenly. We were standing still at the time.This is in the background far back in the hall. What you find in the frame in the foreground just past the doorway near where we are appears to be faint, but you can make out one sailor, with his white hat cocked back on head and a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his short sleeves cradling an injured man's head in his lap that is sprawled out on the ground. There is no doubt about the sleeve I spoke about in the background being there. As for the sailor in the foreground, several of us watched it in slow motion alot. Some here felt it might just be a reflection off the floor. But we all agreed we could clearly make out the pack of cigarettes rolled up in the short-sleeve shirt. None of this is visible when you watch the video normally except for what appears to be a brief flash of light. You only see this when you go frame by frame.

Dan

tiny@proaxis.com

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There was a recent edition of MTV's show FEAR in which teenagers are sent to inspect Haunted Locales to see if they are haunted. One such locale Was the USS Hornet, and the episode recently aired this past week on Sunday, April 1, 2001. It migh be replayed, so check MTV.com for the time postings of the show and an additional page on different haunting stories in the USS Hornet in the FEAR show section of the web page. I must say that it was one of the scariest of the episodes I have seen thus far, and had some rather convincing haunting activity that was video taped. A must see for Hornet and/or haunting enthusiasts.

Sean Wharton

swhart02@providence.edu

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Since the 1960s, paranormal investigators, psychics and researchers have been drawn to investigate the bizarre stories of the USS Hornet. Spirits of dead sailors and officers wander the intricate labyrinths of narrow passageways and quarters throughout the giant vessel. Doors open and close on their own, objects move across floors and fall off of shelves, and sounds from the past echo through the stairwells. Men in naval uniforms appear out of thin air to patrol compartments as if they're still carrying out their daily orders. People have been pushed and grabbed by some invisible force. Psychics and professional ghost hunters agree that these are the souls of suffering men, cheated out of their lives after spending their final days in hell.

Mat

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I was on the junior crew sleepover on april 7th and 8th, but I was in a girl scout troop. My friend Becca and I were coming out of the doorway closest to the kitcen when we heard somebody scream help, we looked around, but no one was there, and if you don't beleive, me ask Bob Fowler and ask about a girl with a really big pillow. He was with us and he heard it. That night at ghost stories, my troop and I saw someone in our cabin. He was the man in kakhis and he was in our cabin. We threw a deck of cards (yea I know its dumb) the cards went threw him and then Bob came in and told us "lights out", when he turned out the lights 5 min. later, our reading lams went out!

Michelle

rockerbaby2714@aol.com

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I was aboard the Hornet from 1965 through March of 1969. I came aboard as a Machinist Mate striker, but was told that my help was needed in the fire room for a few months. Well, you know the rest of the story, #3 fire room became my domain. In the fire room you become accustomed to the sounds of the machinery in that space. Cold Iron watch seemed to be the time that strange things would happen. Any Snipe can tell you, a machinery space is a different place during Cold Iron. It's during this down time when no machinery is running, that you hear all the squeaks, creeks, bumps, thumps, moans, groans, and assorted sounds in that space. These are normal Cold Iron sounds, scary, but normal. It also became normal to occasionally have the feeling that you were being watched, hear muffled voices, or even out of the corner of your eye get a glimpse of someone walking to the back of the boiler, only to find no one there. In order to make it through the watch, you just tell yourself,! "it's my mind playing tricks on me." That's the only explanation you have! Well, for me those mind saving denials came to a screeching halt one watch. I had a Cold Iron watch in #2 fire room (not my domain). Repairs were being made and it was in disarray, some deck plates up, boiler front open, etc. So I started my lonely watch, a little reading, a little singing, a dance move or two, anything to get through the watch. Somewhere along the way the hunger pains started. I had some snacks stashed, so I decided to make a mad dash to my locker. Five minutes max, I was back in the fire room, sitting at the bottom of the ladder eating my Cheese Whiz or what ever. I could hear someone working in the boiler firebox. Being a BT, I had worked inside a boiler firebox before. I knew that no one just climbs into a boiler firebox unless they had work to do inside. So figuring that someone from #2 fire room was inside working, I sat there eating my Cheese Wiz. After about ten to fifteen minutes, I walked over to let them know that I was outside. Within about two feet of the boiler front, I heard the sound of a paint scraper drop to the firebox floor. I figured they heard me coming, so I stuck my face in the opening. There in the middle of the firebox floor was the paint scraper, but missing was the person that was using it. There was no one there! I was caught completely off guard. There I am, standing with my head sticking through the opening, where only seconds before, I had heard someone working, now there was no one. The thought of a guillotine crossed my mind. At the top of the ladder, in the safety of the passage way, where I finished my watch, I laughed about what had occurred. But from that day on, the explanation, '' it must be my mind playing tricks, '' just didn't work for me anymore.

Dan Brisker

danlbc562@aol.com

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On this grey ghost in the cafteria area a man was severly beaten but he accidently bumped into someone and he was jumped and as beaten soo bad he blead to death.....on MTV's Fear you can still see him haunting this area through a thermo camera...

Chris

Ludachris719@aol.com

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Dad was laying in his rack, and a guy walked up and told him, "I used to sleep their", and walked away. Never saw him after that.

Bo Mosher

bojoe1975@yahoo.com

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"The Catapult" was a very powerful machine that was used to "catapult" the planes off the flight deck, giving them the instant velocity for lift-off. The Catapult room is concidered one of the most dangerouse places aboard an aircraft carrier, because the wire used to hook in and catapult the plane has a tendencey to snap. When it snaps, it spins around the room at 500 miles per hour, slicing through anything in its path. There were many such accidents aboard the Hornet. Several people have reported seeing a headless crewman pacing up and down in this area. Other times, only his footsteps can be heard walking across the floor. They believe it's the ghost of crewman whos head was decapitated by a snapped wire. People who have seen this decapitated soldier report it to be the most frightening and distubing experience of their lives. A visiting psychic reported the presence of a male spirit of a particularly malevolant nature whos nature is to harm people near the catapult room. A former sailor reported an incident durring the war when a sailor tried unsuccessfully to jump into an elevator near the catapult room, which severed his body in half. Near the catapult room, a snapping tow cabble instantly killed a crew member on deck by decapitation. This occurrence was not uncommon, as many crew members reported casualties from whipping towlines.

Andy

Andy_Moonshadow@hotmail.com

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My grandpa was on the USS Hornet in WWII. He had told me of many things about it. So one night I got to spend the night there. It was neat. But I got up from my bed and went way down low in the ship not knowing where I was going. I saw a big room with what looked like a prison bed. It was The Brig. I didnt know my way back up the ship. i was afraid and since I could go back up I went and laid down in the bed and went to sleep. 20 minutes later i felt like i was being beaten to death I screamed very loud and i heard strange noises. I ran out of the brig as fast as I could only to find a strange cluster of lights. I still have no idea what happened.

Tommy Jacobi

blaklabl111@aol.com

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I work aboard the USS Hornet Museum as a Docent, Helicopter Restoration Lead and I work with the Live Aboard Program, where Boy and Girl Scouts sleep over on the ship. At 10pm every Live Aboard we tell ghost stories in the Foc'sle. I have yet to see what I could say is a ghost, but I did see something I can't explain. We have been having more and more sightings by multiple witnesses during these ghost stories over the last year. So, this particular night we had 30+ visitors in the darkened Foc'sle as our ghost stories proceeded. As our story teller was in the middle of a story, I witnessed a deep blue light crawl across the over head bulkhead, from starboard to port. It moved with the kind of showerglass look to it you see when looking into the bottom of a pool on a sunny day. Just about the time I asked myself if I had really see it, the vast majority people yelled "Look at that!". I could not see what they were seeing since I was up on a platform. They all described it as an deep blue Ameoba-like plasma thing that wrapped around the story teller's flashlight beam as it was directed at the Ameoba. After a few seconds the plasma dissipated and went away. Strange

Joe Martinez

JMH3guy@hotmail.com

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Recently, my husband and sons stayed on the ship during a boy scout outing. My sons went through a hallway of many lockers and was exploring a room off this hallway. When they returned about fifteen minutes, all the lockers were open, but nobody was around. An adult with the group could hear the lockers opening, but did not see anyone also nor hear anyone moving in the hallway.

Stephanie Edgbert

onedge84@yahoo.com

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Ghost story skeptic

I'm not a total skeptic, but I have good reason to be after spending four months of below decks "Cold Iron Watch".
From the very first week or so aboard the dry-docked Hornet in Bremerton, in March of 1956, I was assigned to the "A" division. At that time, about the only activity in the "A" division was "Cold Iron Watches".
I was given a quick tour of my watch posts and how to fill out my nightly log. I can remember Chief Leblanc telling me to "be observant". What ever that meant_!
The "Cold Iron Watch" was a 4-hour tour of 5 or 6 of the "A" division's auxiliaries. Air Compressors, O2N2 plant, Ice Machines, Machine Shop, Diesels, and probably other ghostly places I can't remember.
Walking the cold halls every night for 3 months, climbing up and down ladders with only a flashlight would certainly stir up any left over spirits, wouldn't you think__!
If they were there, they weren't on my watch_!

Walt Marks
Steam Heat Gang
1956-1959

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