I was at the Eighth Army field hospital being treated for malaria in Nha-Trang, South Vietnam. It was our last day of incubation (thirty days) and we were to go back to our units - C Battery Twelfth Marines. We were out in the town when I heard a tremendous roar; I thought to myself that it was in-coming artillery. But before I could do anything, there was a huge explosion and then flames. I was on fire and knocked to the ground by Vietnamese civilians that were in this building.At this point, I saw little windows pass in front of me. It was as if I was inside a tiffany lampshade and each little window had an era of my life when I was growing up, it was really weird. Next thing I remember I was being picked up and taken to the hospital there I passed out from the pain. When I woke up, unknown how long I was out, a priest was standing over me giving me last rites!!!! I spoke and told him I am not ready to go yet.About three days before this incident I had a dream, that a Viet Cong with a flame thrower was chasing me trying to torch me, and then I was burned in the crash, thirty percent burns.I also had another experience in 1994 when I had a minor heart attack, they gave me medication that lowered my blood pressure too much, I remember coming to and hearing the doctor saying my pulse, '30-34-35-40-44' and so on. Everything was white but no people were around, then I heard him say I was coming back now, he never explained but I think they also lost me from the TPA injection - brought my pressure too low.Am I being saved for something BIG? Or do I just have a strong will to survive?
Date NDE Occurred: 8/06/65
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes injuries received when a B-57 canberra bomber crashed, i was burned.
Suffering from burns.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was consciousness but alert? I do not really know I remember my skin hanging off my arms and the air force guy picking me up in his step van - there was an awful lot of pain.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Physical pain.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control It happened so fast, I was nineteen at the time, images were of me younger.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Liberal
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is hard for people to believe, like they don't really believe it.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Never entered my mind.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Haven't told many people, they could not understand.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It made me believe that what you dream of or certain feelings that come to you could happen.
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