USS Hornet Museum: Alameda

Written by: Jack Mallery

Sitting of the coast of Alameda, Calif., the battle-scarred USS Hornet has always had something special about it. After 18 months of active combat in World War II, the Hornet has seen enough bloodshed to last for years. Destroying over 1,500 Japanese planes and losing 300 crew members, there are plenty of restless souls that could haunt the dark underbelly of the carrier. On inky and quiet nights, strange things have been known to happen on the ship.

In 2013, the ship’s education officer claimed to have seen a man in a blue uniform walk straight through a bulkhead. In 2009, two visitors reported hearing men talking in the room next to them; when they went to investigate, the room was empty. In 2008, a woman and her husband went o course from the guided tour, stumbling into a side passage. They saw a fully-uniformed officer walk towards them, then walk past without so much as a glance or change in gait. When the couple passed the room he

entered, no one was there.

It’s possible that after long nights filled with the horrors of war, the Hornet gave birth to some horrors of its own. There have been decades worth of instances where cameras have broken suddenly and phones have lost all power as passengers felt a cold presence swoop over them. Dozens of people have reported seeing impossible, baffling things. Pictures have appeared in cameras that were never taken, officers have been known to roam the narrow corridors at night, and there’s even a rumor of a ghost of a captured Japanese kamikaze pilot from the war.

While it’s plausible that these may be false stories or hoaxes made to enhance the legend of the Hornet, there’s only one thing that’s for certain: something is spooky about the worn carrier, something that we may never know.