Bethany Beach is haunted by a ragged-looking military spirit in tattered clothing that roams along a stretch of the shore. Though uncertain, it is believed that the ghost is Eddie “Fast Eddie” Rickenbacker (b. October 8th, 1890), an Air Force/Army hero from World War I who died of pneumonia in Switzerland on July 23rd, 1973.
On December 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed Navy Base Pearl Harbor (now Hickam Field, formerly and most commonly known as Hickam Air Force Base) to prevent any future attacks on Japan. The bombing led to extreme amounts of damage, aircraft destruction, 189 people killed, and 303 injured. Now, the base is said to be haunted by the 189 lingering souls.