Military, Big Business and Government use of Dowsing
Type of Spiritual Experience
The date in this article might be wrong
The October 13, 1967, New York Times had a headline : “Dowsers detect enemy’s tunnels.” Inside the building the Marines discovered a tunnel that led to a family bunker directly beneath where Steiner had been standing when the rods reacted.
A description of the experience
Military, Big Business and Government use of Dowsing by Walt Woods and Mardi Gieseler
According to a New York Times article, October 11, 1967, U.S. Marine engineers used dowsing to help save American lives in Viet Nam. The Marines dowsed to locate tunnels, hidden ammunition, booby traps, and enemy food caches. ASD trustee, Louis Maticia, was the dowser who ran the program and taught the Marines to dowse.
This was not the first time the U.S. military used dowsing to help the troops at war. General George Patton used dowsing to find fresh water for his advancing troops in North Africa during World War II. The Germans had blown up the water wells when they retreated to prevent the American troops from having water to sustain the army in the desert terrain.
Additional government involvement with dowsing comes from the U.S. Geological Service and other branches. While the USGS was publishing a pamphlet which claimed that dowsing was “wholly discredited”, several other branches of the government were using dowsing.
According to Christopher Bird’s book, “The Divining Hand”, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, and the National Parks Service were dowsing. Later, at the urging of ASD, the USGS rewrote the pamphlet, “Water Witching”, to reflect a more objective, neutral tone.