Six-year-old James Leininger is obsessed with World War II planes, and has been since he was a small child. He even knew intricate details that his mother didn’t know (do you know what a “drop tank” is? Because he did, as a small child), but all of that could be chalked up as a highly unusual interest in fighter planes. But when the night terrors started, and James described Japanese fighter planes shooting him down in detail, his parents started to worry.
James told his father the name of his ship that he was ‘stationed’ on, the Natoma, and the name of someone he flew with: Jack Larson (pictured with James Leininger). But when his dad set out to disprove his child’s dreams, the opposite happened.
James always had the same name in his dreams as he did in real life, and when his dad tracked down soldiers from the ship, they remembered a James – James Houston – whose plane was shot down.
When Leininger’s son, James, greeted these former soldiers (his former colleagues from his former life, if you will,) by name – after never having met them before – the family started to believe that their son could really be a reincarnation. He also knew Houston’s sister on sight, (she now believes), knew the name of his eldest sister, and even has memories of Houston as a boy.
As he gets older, Leininger’s memories are fading, but it still begs the question: is it reincarnation or built-up fairtyale?