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Leonardo De Vinci

-Don Nolan

Robert Boyle (father of modern chemistry)

- Don Nolan

Charles Richet (Nobel prize winner)

- Don Nolan

Albert Einstein - "During the following decades a number of respected men, including the physicist, Albert Einstein, performed impressive feats with a variety of dowsing devices." for some info on Einstein click here]

General Rommel of the German Army

- Don Nolan

General Patton "(U.S. Army). General Patton had a complete willow tree flown to Morocco so that a dowser could use branches from it to find water to replace the wells the German Army had blown up. The British army used dowsers on the Falkland Island to remove mines." 

- Don Nolan


"General Patten had two young men from Tennessee transferred to his unit. It is said that an Army moves on it's belly, I suggest that it and it's machines need water as well. Without these water wells we would have lost our butts on that front."

Vernon Cameron, "a dowser, told Navy officials, where all the U.S. and other submarines were located by map dowsing. They would not confirm or deny his findings, but a few years later he was denied a passport because he was considered a security risk."

- Don Nolan

Hanna Kroeger - "...for years Cal-Tech was teaching the use of the pendulum to especially bright and interested graduate students. ...So let's join the smart and intelligent crowd and use the pendulum."  

Louis Matachia - " the late 1960's, a dowser named Louis Matachia did demonstrate dowsing at Quantico, on a mock-up of a Vietnamese village. However, I don't believe he ever "trained" the Marines in dowsing, or that dowsing was ever officially sanctioned by any service."

"In the USA, Louis J Matacia is a surveyor who has studied dowsing for years.  During the Vietnam War he was commissioned to teach dowsing skills to US Marines so that they could avoid booby traps, navigate safely through jungles and learn the whereabouts of the enemy. Soldiers reported that using the L-rod in this way saved many lives. Louis is particularly interested in the challenge of the search. Using his dowsing together with a range of scientific devices he has located lost pipes, oil, wells, caves and buried treasures."

"The New York Times reported that the U.S. Marine Corps used dowsing in Vietnam (Baldwin, 1967)"

  "By Cosmos. Comment posted 07-Feb-2006 @05:14pm:

"I've seen it work in Viet Nam to locate enemy tunnels. We would use copper L shaped rods and when we walked over a tunnel the rods would cross. We would dig down and always find them.
"I also witnessed a wooden divining rod find water in Viet Nam - in the highlands where it was not always so easy to find. In this case the "diviner" was a "Sea Bee" and he walked around with this stick and when he got to a certain spot the stick twisted so much in his hands the bark split off. I thought he was twisting the stick himself so I asked him if I could try it and sure enough I could feel it twisting also. He put a stake in the ground where he wanted to drilling rig to drill and left the area. When he came back he found the engineers had started drilling about 5 feet from his stake. After drilling over 200 feet down they didn't hit water. The Sea Bee then ordered them to drill where his stake was and they hit water at 75 feet."


"During the Viet Nam conflict ( War for lack of a better term) We used dowsers to locate enemy tunnel systems and weapons cache's. Here our military brought in teams of dowsers, not to simply locate these materials, but to teach the skill to others. Then came the job nobody wanted, the "Tunnel Rat". The poor bastard that armed with a side arm and a satchel charge of c-4; would enter these underground labyrinths to seek and destroy. Not a bad job till you find out that most had to be done by complete darkness in the tunnel in case there was a guard on duty. If that weren't bad enough, our little buddies sometimes left behind a few small pit vipers. Yes no one except for the few volunteered for this job!"

"Armed Forces (dowsing used by the British Army since Colonial times); dowsing appeared in USSR army manuals in 1930 for the finding of water in remote areas; dowsing used by the First and Third US Marine Divisions in Vietnam, 1967, as a simple, low-cost method for locating Vietcong tunnels, which were used for communication, storage depots, supply network, command posts, training centres, hospitals and sally ports for over twenty years (Bossart 1968 in the Project Poorboy Annual Progress Report; Bird 1979, Chapter 11))."

Robert A. Swanson is author of "The Miracle of Dowsing: How This Dowser Found the Ace of Spades Saddam". [I found this one interesting... whether it is true or not...I'll leave that up to you! - bfg]

Henry Gross

" One segment of the material that has fascinated even persons with little interest in Kenneth Roberts [(1885-1957) was one of America's most Popular historical novelists, writing such best. sellers as Northwest Passage, Oliver Wiswell, and Lydia Bailey] is the author's voluminous files on water dowsing. Roberts first became interested in dowsing --the controversial practice of finding underground water by means of a forked stick -- sometime in the late 1930s when he was building his stone house on his Kennebunkport estate. He soon became a passionate advocate of dowsing, and with Henry Gross, a retired Maine game warden and expert dowser, traveled around the world proselytizing for the art of water divining and helping people locate water.

"By 1950 the two men were besieged with requests for Henry Gross's dowsing services. Since the game warden's retirement income was only $61.48 a month, Roberts sought to provide a steady income for his friend. Thus, in 1950 they formed 'Water Unlimited.' ...

"To ensure that his dowsing experiences were accurately recorded and preserved and 'to prove to scientists that [dowsing] IS possible,' 22 Roberts wrote three books: Henry Gross and His Dowsing Rod (1951), The Seventh Sense (1953), and the posthumously published Water Unlimited (1957). ...

"As one might imagine, Roberts faced a largely skeptical American public when talking or writing about water divining (he noted on his personal copy of The Seventh Sense that the book's subtitle should read: 'Or How to Lose Friends & Alienate People'). Newspaper, magazine, and book writers regarded Gross and him as 'fair game,' and the two were often publicly mocked and ridiculed. ...

"Not only did Roberts encounter derision in the public press, but even most of his friends had little use for his dowsing crusade....

"Despite the misgivings of his friends, Roberts remained a dowsing advocate until his death, and his books and letters record the dozens of instances when he and Henry Gross located water for individuals and businesses. His devotion to this cause is reflected in one of his last memorandums, written the month he died and now preserved in Baker Library: 'I can do more good to my country by writing about my dowsing experiences than I can by writing novels, no matter how historically accurate they may be.' " - dead link

Evelyn Penrose - "Noted dowser Evelyn Penrose was retained by British Columbia to locate oil and water resources...during 1931-1932 she also located 392 water wells for homesteaders."

John Living - "who was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham. He was commissioned as an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers, and was taught dowsing at the School of Military Engineering, Chatham - reported to have the world's largest collection of material on dowsing."