I served with 101st airborne division in Vietnam from April, 1969 to May, 1970. May 21, we came against a well-fortified enemy. We attacked a hill next to a wall by a rice paddy. Just before night, we were told to get our combat gear to charge the hill. I was pretty scared because I knew that maybe I’d get killed. As we attacked the hill, a mortar landed behind me and I flew thru the sky. The first thing I did was pray for forgiveness, then all of sudden I could see myself laying the ground. I had no more fear but only peace. I wish I never came back but as I laid there all night, they came to pick me up. Once someone touched me I came back to my body.
Date NDE Occurred: 21 may 1969
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes I was wounded In Vietnam. I could see myself on the ground. While I was there on the battlefield, combat continued.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was separated from my body. I could see down to it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was afraid.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain It was bright.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Peace was the greater emotion.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt peace.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I don't fear death anymore.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best part: I had no fear.
Worse part: coming back to my body.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They were skeptical.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No