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BATON ROUGE, LA – A Louisiana couple have written a book defending their belief that their son was a World War II fighter pilot in a past life.

Bruce and Andrea Leininger appeared on “Good Morning America” to promote their book, Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot. Their son James, now 11, was obsessed with fighter planes from an early age. But around when he turned two years old, James began to have vivid nightmares of dying in a plane crash in water.

The Leiningers swear that James only watched children’s television, and was never exposed to anything that could have triggered that kind of imagination. With nowhere to turn, Andrea got in contact with Carol Bowman, a specialist in past lives counseling. Bowman taught the parents how to talk to James about his nightmares in order to learn who he was reliving.

After two years, the Leiningers had gathered enough details to determine James was in fact reliving the death of Lt. James McCready Huston, a 21-year-old Navy pilot who died during World War II when his plane was shot down in the Pacific Ocean in March 1945. Even James Huston’s now elderly sister has met the boy, and believes it is true.

These days, James does not have the vivid memories he once did, but he is excited about the book being released. Take a look at the video below of James as a child: