In the world of Paranormal Investigations, there is a term referred to as a “residual haunting.”
During a residual haunting, there is actually no “haunting” at all. Rather, there is a playback of energy which has been recorded in the past. In theory, it is believed that when an event occurs where substantially heightened emotional energy is exerted, that energy embeds itself in the surrounding location. Future generations may then be able to witness that remaining energy played back, very similar to a video tape or tape recorder.
As one who has witnessed and documented numerous instances of this phenomena playing back before me, I am very much looking forward to our upcoming investigation at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, WI on Feb 3rd. One of the jewels of this museum is the Dwight D Eisenhower. This train holds the rail car that acted as Gen Eisenhower’s Command Train in Europe in the years from 1943-1945 while he was Supreme Allied Commander during WWII.
One can certainly imagine the conversations that have taken place in this rail car. As our tour guide at the museum stated, quite frankly, “They were planning for war in this room.”
In Eisenhower’s memoirs of his days in Europe during WWII, he writes about his travels and hectic schedule, saying, “From February 1 – June 1, 1944, I visited 26 Divisions, 24 airfields, 5 ships of war, and numerous depots, shops, hospitals, and other important installations…sandwhiched between seemingly endless conferences and staff meetings which were necessary and highly valuable.”
This was the very rail car, which Eisenhower named “Boyonet,” that Eisenhower traveled to the majority of these important meetings in. We know he traveled in this car based on his own writings, as well as the personal diary of his Naval Aide, Captain Henry Buthcher, who was at Eisenhower’s side every day.
Possibly the most poignant reference Eisenhower made regarding these travels he wrote about in his memoirs: “A late evening trip on the fifth took me to the camp of the US 101st Airborne Division…I found the men to be in fine fettle, many of them joshingly admonishing me that I had no cause for worry, since the 101st was on the job and everything would be taken care of in fine shape. I stayed with them until the last of them were in the air, somewhere about midnight. After a two hour trip back to my own camp, I had only a short time to wait until the news should come in.”
The “fifth” he speaks of is June 5th, 1944. “Somewhere about midnight” is when the date turns to June 6th, 1944. D-Day. Possibly the most important battle ever fought in the history of the modern world.
Several months after the D-Day landings, and as the Allies were pressing further into Germany, Captain Butcher found a crinkled up note that Eisenhower had scratched that night after meeting with the 101st. It was a public statement in case the invasion had failed. It read,
“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air, and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”
At the bottom of the page, he wrote July 5 rather than the correct June 5 — an error we can perhaps forgive given the other things on his mind.
Fortunately, for the future of the free world, he never had to give that speech.
Was this note written in this rail car? One can imagine the emotions that Eisenhower and others went through in this room throughout the planning of this war. The heaviness one would feel after speaking to the soldiers who are called on to carry out your plan, knowing many would never make it back home again. This rail car was the matrix of thousands of deaths, good and evil, as well as a tool in the preservation of freedom for hundreds of millions more.
Are we to believe that none of this energy or emotion remains?
I, for one, cannot wait to see what we find.
Check back in the coming days for results.