Keesler Air Force Base, located in Biloxi, Mississippi, was built in 1941. It was named in honor of second lieutenant Samuel Reeves Keesler, Jr, a Mississippi native who was killed in France during the second World War. The base specializes in ground trade training and at the time it was built it was the most expensive government project in Mississippi, costing over ten million dollars. Some of the early claims to fame for Keesler were the first African American aviators in the United States armed forces, the Tuskegee Airmen, were trained. They were talented and celebrated pilots during World War II.
There are an average five thousand students on the base at any given time, learning important military trades and training. Some of the most common at Keesler are electronics, meteorology, radar operations, air traffic control, Aviation Resource Management, and tropical cyclone forecasting. Keesler was a great asset to the military and the soldier it produced went on to accomplish great things.
Despite the many great successes of Mississippi’s Keesler Air Force Base, there were many trials that caused great difficulty for training and exercises. The base was nearly destroyed in 1969 when Hurricane Camille came roaring through. Even more recently, Hurricane Katrina tore through Keesler Air Force Base in 2005, leaving about half the base completely flooded in water. In some places, the water levels rose to over six feet. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just natural disasters that caused trouble for the brave men and women at Keesler. A darker force seemed to affect the base, even when the weather wasn’t.
Early in December of 2011, a young cadet struggled with issues once he arrived at the camp. He couldn’t seem to catch on and was not fitting in. He became more and more drawn into himself and no one could figure out how to reach him. Unfortunately, one night while the other soldiers slept, the cadet hung himself with his bed sheets. He was found the next morning and an ominous energy settled over the camp.
The cadet’s malevolent, angry spirit seems to haunt the base, especially his previous room. People felt cold spots in the room and often had unexplained lights floating around. Even worse, some described seeing the cadet standing over them or even having troubles breathing, only to wake up with their covers wrapped around their necks. Even worse, soldiers who stayed in that room after the body were found were sometimes described to have a change in their personalities, some even described the changes as so intense they seemed to be possessed.
Another spirit is a prankster in the women’s dorms. They often have issues with the radio turning on and off or changing stations. They have felt a presence and had strange paranormal occurrences. Some say they are credited to an entity referred to as Jeremy. Jeremy luckily doesn’t seem to enter rooms unless invited, often not entering rooms if the door is closed. He has been known to open and close windows, and move things around in locked storage lockers. Individuals visited by Jeremy often have vivid dreams relating to the Vietnam War. Dreams so vivid they can name people and places that others are unaware of.
Those brave enough can participate at Keesler’s Air Force Bases’ Haunted Hangar Hall of Horrors. Called “The Forgotten” the haunted trip is operated by the training squadron, guaranteeing a night you won’t soon forget.