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Troy
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2015-02-02
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I served in the U.S.Army as an Avenger crewmember and team chief from 1997 'til 2004. The stories I share are things that are unexplained that I witnessed. Being so long ago, I will try and keep the details as accurate as I can remember.
 
Ghost Stories from avenger_topdawg

Dude, They Ain't There Anymore on 2015-02-05

I was deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina in March of 1999. We landed March 7th to be exact at Eagle Base near Tuzla, after a long 17-18 hour flight from Ft. Hood, Texas. On March 24th, 17 days later, NATO began bombing Serbia for its actions in Kosovo. Before coming to Bosnia, I only knew about ...

Possible Apparition While On Guard? on 2015-02-02

In the summer of 1998, around June if my memory serves me correctly, I was a platoon leader's driver in an Avenger platoon at Ft. Hood, Texas, while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division. We had received an operations order to go to the field for a week, and began preparations, servicing the vehicle...

Last 20 posts from avenger_topdawg
TheCrone,

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Being a little older and somewhat wiser, I've studied about the war and wars that were fought there. The Ustashe under the direction of the Nazi's murdered up to a million Serbs, Roma, and Jews during WW2, plus Yugoslavia under Ottoman rule etc. That being said, the layout of the camp just wouldn't have allowed a clean escape. The FLIR could pic up heat signatures in the trees outside the perimeter fence. There was nothing, according to Night Stalker. We had something similar happen once before where we thought our perimeter was compromised and when we made it to the location in the perimeter, it turned out to be a small herd of goats. It is possible that could be the case but, there was no place for them to go without being seen. I'm not sure what it was, it could have been anything. If our ground element were issued NVG's I'd have had a somewhat better look and might have been able to make a judgement myself, but a wise supply sergeant thought it necessary to inventory our NVG's when we landed in Bosnia, deeming them a non mission requirement. The case was, he was accountable for all of those individual pieces of equipment and locked them in the arms room so he wouldn't have to deal with maintenance and keeping a weekly count. Anyone who has eever worn NVG's know they're in constant need of care. AN/PVS-7B's at least. Anyways, again thanks for reading and your feedback.

Troy
elnoraemily,

No worries. People get busy.
I never thought to put the two together in a google search. It would be neat if its actually him. Thank you:)
Date: 2015-02-09
Troyarn,

This is one of my favorite stories on this site. Honestly, I decided to share my limited experiences after reading this a few times. I only recently joined and this is this is the first story I read, as I was browsing the web for ghost stories about Bosnia and this was the first link that popped up. I enjoyed the narration and realism, it seemed as if I could place myself there as well. I served in Bosnia with SFOR 5 and had the pleasure of visiting Sarajevo on a day trip. Very beautiful country and culture. I'm sure you've moved on with other stories, but could you clarify for a few people, that uou are not me and I'm not you? I think some who've read my story think I'm you under a different name lol. Again, great story!

Troy
Sam,

Ahh ok, I see what you're saying now. No worries, was just a little confused.

Troy
Notjustme,

Right?! It took me about a second to scroll down in that link and see that thing and nearly have a heart attack (just kidding of course) lol. Close to a dead ringer what I saw and very frightening indeed.

Troy
Sam,

No problem, I am able to get back with those who respond to me when I get son free time. Is that your description from what you picked up from the story or is it from something you witnessed? I'm a little confused. The link that I borrowed from winipu is the closest depiction of what I witnessed that night. The thing I saw didn't have any hair like in the link, and the ears weren't as long or pointy but the picture is the closest representation that I have seen, and its downright spooky the similarities. I'm not trying to degrade you, just not understanding the description you shared. What I described in the story is how I saw the being.

Troy
Biblio,

Thank you for reading and, for the analysis of my writing technique. It means a lot coming from a teacher of literature to hear that I have done well in wording my story in a favorable style. To be honest, I wasn't sure how I would write it once I began, but it seemed to flow and I wanted to be as honest as my memory would allow. I've always been fairly decent with grammar, but never knew I could actually write as well as everyone here has given me praise for. Your speculation of the church I was saved in, is pretty close to accurate. It was non denominational, where they would speak in tongues, lay hands on those they prayed for. Everything short of using rattlesnakes to show their faith. I was raised and baptized at birth as a Presbyterian. You may possibly be on to something, and I appreciate your perspective. However, being where I'm at in my life, having attended a few different congregational settings if you will, I haven't quite decided what I believe yet. This may have something to do with things I've seen in these settings, or just plain bad things that I've witnessed through my time in the Army and life in general. As I stated in a previous comment, it may have to do with a touch of fear. Maybe a combination of all these things? I can honestly say I'm not sure. As of now, I'm happy in life, have a great job in law enforcement, but like we all know, that no one knows what the future holds, that isn't to say I won't change my mind in the near future. I do have a curious mind for things of this nature and at the same time, tend to be very stubborn at the same time so, I like to analyze as much as I can, sometimes over analyze too much, until I find a solution. You, along with everyone else who read my story have been very helpful with insights and such, and I enjoy hearing all of the perspectives pertaining to my experience. It is much appreciated.

Troy
Vonboeckman,

Thank you for reading, and thank you for the reassurance. I believe now, that I know exactly what you mean.

Troy
Gaya,

Thank you for the feedback, and I'm glad you liked the story. I don't remember thinking of my grandmother then, but its possible. She hadn't passed yet, so after hearing some of the other feedback, I have come to terms with this event likely not having anything to do with that. I thought maybe I had this experience as maybe an unforseen forwarning that I shouldn't miss the funeral. I know that sounds like a crazy thought, I think I was just searching for some clarification and perhaps a little closure, as I had mentioned in the story that I felt regret for not flying back home and attending the funeral. As for asking my platoon sergeant, I unfortunately lost touch with him after leaving the Army and haven't been able to locate him. I do understand where you're coming from, though. Believe me, now more than ever, I would do give anything to know his thoughts of or what it was he witnessed that night. Thank you again, so much for taking the time to read my story.

Troy
Valkicry,

Thank you for your feedback and your perspective on my experience. Truly appreciated and you have a very good take on things. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story!

Morticia, I really appreciate your feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed the story! Thank you for taking the time to read it and for your compliment. Makes me feel good to know everyone so far has enjoyed my writing. I never expected to get so much positive feedback. I wish I had more experiences to share 😲. If my Bosnia story is published, I think I may try and put together a few more unexplained things I have had happen, and share a story my great-grandfather used to tell us kids. If I can put enough material together, I wold love to share with y'all. Thanks again, everyone, truly made my day.

Troy
After reading winipu's linkhttp://www.paranormalhaze.com/trolls-from-ancient-to-modern/

The third picture down, is exactly what it looked like! Wow, now I see what tweed and winipu meant. That's pretty creepy. I always pictured a troll like how I was taught they looked like when I was little. The ears on the thing I saw weren't as long, but overall, that third picture is a dead ringer:/
Tweed,

Thank you so much for commenting and your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed it:) I am not sure I would call it a gnome or troll, only because when I think of a gnome or troll, I think of something short and fat and ugly lol. That's just me. You could be correct, I was apprehensive about writing anything and was thinking I was content on just reading all of the wonderful and sometimes frightening experiences on here. However, seeing that I've had nothing but positive feedback, I'm glad I decided to share. Stay tuned, I submitted another yesterday so, I hope its published:)

Troy
Notjustme,

I agree:)

And sam, no, I am not troyarn, although I have read his stories. His story about his experience in Bosnia is what led me to this site, and inspired me to share my experiences.
Elnoraemily,

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the experience. If you can think of anything to ask, don't hesitate, I would be happy to answer.

I do have a question for you. How did you find my platoon sergeant? I have been able to locate him since I left the Army. A few of my buddies I served with as well as myself, would like to get in touch with him. Again, thanks for the comment:)

Troy
Sam,

Thank you for your feedback, it is appreciated. I'm not much of an artist, and to be honest, even if I could, I'm not sure I'd want to try and recreate what I saw that night. Call me superstitious, but I don't want that thing to come back into my life haha.

Troy
Femaelstrom,

Unfortunately I have not shared this with anyone other than those who have read it here. My platoon sergeant seemed to know, yet we never discussed it again. I'm glad you asked that, because that is something I wish I included in the story. I do regret not speaking with him about it, I would have liked to hear what he might have said or thought. To be truthful, I think deep down he was watching me, or maybe was spoken to that one of his men was in some sort of trouble, and he had something to do with my protection. I also know for a fact, had he brought it up, he knows I would have denied it on account trying to act tough. He saw right through my false bravado I had a lot of the time then, yet still cared for me like a father. I know he loved Jesus so much, he was ridiculed for it, sometimes by me. I was too afraid to share the experience with anyone else, admittedly, because I don't want to be labelled 'crazy' or 'weird' or want anyone to think I made it up. Being in the Army, in a combat arms MOS, its hard sharing things like that. We're supposed to be macho. Having faced combat, there was a lot of times the majority of us were afraid, but still had the courage to face those fears and cone out on top. Most of us can admit to family and close friends that we were afraid, but in front of eachother, we made ourselves seem invincible to fear, even though we all knew. It was unspoken. Sharing it here, is a little easier I think, because I don't know anyone and can take their opinion with a grain of salt. I still have a small fear that someone will comment and try to make me look like I'm embellishing. But I shared this knowing that, and want to meet those types of comments head on. Your comment touched me, and I appreciate that. Maybe sharing it is Gods way of pulling me back to him? I'm not sure. The way you described how I saw evil, gave me a little scare inside, but I know that wasn't your intention. When I was saved, I was told to stay away from the book of Revelation, mainly because I was told that its too much and too scary for a new Christian to take in. Being hard headed, I read it anyway, and didn't like what I read. I know that had a little to do with my turning away from God. Not knowing enough about the other scripture of the New Testament, and reading Revelation, terrified me, and I felt if I turn away, I won't have to fear it if I don't believe. I probably sound confusing, its just I have a slightly weird thought process lol. I thank you very much for taking the time to read my experience and for your feedback. Somewhere inside me, something told me you're right. I wish I wasn't so hard headed and could just accept it. I hope you take time to read my other experience, if its published. I just submitted it today. I look forward to any feedback you may have on it.

Troy
I wasn't expecting to have anyone read or enjoy my experience, so I just want to say I appreciate the feedback.

WiniPu,

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for the kind and positive feedback, and thank you to you and your husband for your service. I wouldn't say I have much courage, I only have a hand full of experiences, this one being the most frightening and troubling. I think you may have just helped me a little. I usually follow my gut, and good or bad, it usually tells me I'm right. That being said, I still for some reason use the skeptic way of rationalizing and try to find a scientific or technical answer for everything. Maybe I'm just afraid of what I might believe if I choose to follow my gut? I will try and find some time to read the links you provided and possibly find what I'm looking for. Then again, I may not be sure what it is I am looking for, other than wanting to know what that thing was that I saw. I do think it would be really cool if it was my platoon sergeant looking out for me. Growing up, I don't recall many people who looked out for me much, but thinking about him putting a hedge of protection around me, even if it turns out I imagined it, is a really awesome feeling. He was a really great man, and he looked out for all of his soldiers, especially me, and I'll carry that with me 'til I die. I've lost touch with him after I left the Army, and wish I hadn't. Anyway, I truly appreciate your response, and hope maybe one day you dig deep and share some of your experiences. I was afraid to share mine, on account of what people think, but thought what the heck. I've submitted my story on Bosnia earlier, and hope its published, I really had fun writing it out today. It brought back a pretty good memory and I had a little touch of nostalgia just remembering that day and the people involved. I hope you're able to give it a read.

Best regards,
Troy
Notjustme,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my experience. I guess I was just looking for some form of clarification or closure I guess, in wondering if it might have been related to my grandmother's passing and not going home for the funeral. I could very well be answering my own questions, just not wanting to admit that God or some guardian angel was protecting me at the request of my platoon sergeant. Not having any other experience llike it since, I have a hard time making sense of what exactly happened. Thanks again.

Troy
Babygoatpuller,

Thanks for taking the time to read it and share your feedback. I do appreciate it! You could be right, I'm really not sure what to make of it. The fear I had was overwhelming, and I've been in my share of life and death situations and never felt that fearful as I did then. I'm thankful for the sense of calm that came over me. I'm such a skeptic its not even funny. I wish I could just say that my platoon sergeant protected me, instead of thinking it was just a coincidence that he was up. It baffles me to this day. I may never fully understand what it was or what the experience meant. Again, thank you for your feedback and, I will get working on my other experience soon:)

Troy