Andrea and Bruce Leininger knew from an early age that there was something different about their son. 


James Leininger, 11, always seemed to have a peculiar fixation with all things WWII-related. The Leiningers tell "Primetime Live" on ABC that his childhood drawings usually featured fighter pilots, parachuters, and gunfire; the boy also experienced vivid — often graphic — nightmares in which he claims to have been trapped inside the burning wreckage of an airplane that had been shot down.
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Additionally, James was able to recall memories of a life he could not have possibly known, down to specific details. For example, not only did he tell his parents that his plane bad been shot down by the Japanese near Iwo Jima, but he was able to recall from which boat his plane took off — USS Natoma Bay — and the names of his two sisters during his previous life. Though there are skeptics, James and his parents documented their entire experience in a book called "Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot" to share their story.