To protect the privacy of Tucker’s subjects, these two names have been changed.
This raises yet another caveat: Most of the interviews with foreign or indigenous American subjects were conducted across a language barrier. In addition, some of these cases originated in cultures where belief in reincarnation is already prevalent, which means that adults might have been seeking or reinforcing evidence of this phenomenon in children’s accounts.
Indeed, the details of James Leininger’s story are perhaps less persuasive than they seem at first glance. Though James told his parents that the “little man” in his dreams flew a Corsair, no Corsairs appear in the Natoma Bay logbooks, and Huston himself died in an FM-2. And while the crew of the ship did include a man named Jack Larsen and men named Walter, Billy, and Leon, so did the crews of at least two other U.S. Navy vessels deployed during the same period: the Minneapolis and the Jason.