Previous to this incident, I had never experienced seeing any "ghosts" or apparitions.
I attended Infantry Basic Training/Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA in the Harmony Church area, from January through March of 1981. The barracks were two-story WWII-era buildings. Anyone who has been in the Army knows what "Fire Guard" is.
I was on fire guard early (after midnight) one morning. The fire guard was required to have a flashlight, and you had to "patrol" the building constantly, during your one hour tour of duty. The barracks were completely dark, and were "open bay". There was a REALLY bad thunderstorm going on, at the time of this incident. Pouring rain, lightning, and thunder that was constant. The area outside the area was lit, but only by a couple of street lights, on the power poles.
I was on the first floor, and was standing at the door of the barracks. I could see the fire guard's flashlight, in the adjacent building, approximately 25 yards away. That fire guard was close to that building's front door. I looked through the window, to my left, towards where the CQ was on duty. A huge bolt of lightning lit up the sky at that moment.
On the sidewalk at the end of the building, approximately 50 feet away, I saw an older man, with long gray hair and a long gray beard. He was wearing what appeared to be cut-off jean shorts, and had no shirt on. He was standing very "rigid." I thought maybe I was just worn out, and was "seeing things." How could someone be standing in the pouring rain like that, with no shirt or rain gear on?
About 15 seconds after I saw the old man, the fire guard from the adjacent building came running towards our barracks, and came through the door. He seemed upset, and asked me: "DID YOU SEE THAT OLD MAN?" I almost passed out, knowing that what I saw was witnessed by another person. Needless to say, I don't think I slept very well, the rest of the morning.
I brought up the subject to my Drill Sergeant the next morning, and wasn't ready for his response. I figured the Drill Sergeant would tell me to "move along, Private." He stated something along the lines of: "Yeah, I've seen him, too." I was floored.
I'm posting this story in hopes that someone who has served in the Harmony Church area of Fort Benning, GA has experienced anything like this.