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Episode 45 - Tongue Twisters and God's Rambo

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God's Rambo


Helge Meyer, God's Rambo inside his ghost Camaro
Helge Meyer, AKA God's Rambo, enjoying a cigar while inside his ghost Camaro

For a moment, imagine 1991, Terminator 2: Judgement Day is in the theaters along with Robin Hood, and you just got home from dinner at Pizza Hut, and the Simpsons have taken over the airwaves. Metallica released their black album. Every couple has made Bryan Adams' song “I Do It for You” their song. Life is going great in the United States.


However, in war-torn Yugoslavia thousands of people are left without basic needs, a warm place to stay, or life-saving medicine. Desperate plea to God in their prayers, for relief as the sounds of war become all too familiar. But maybe just maybe, sometimes the night is quiet but instead of distant gunfire breaking the silence the sound of a supercharged engine and tire squeals pierces the night.


Even though on the other side of things, between soldiers and bandits hearing the roar of a mechanical beast breaking the night. They strain their eyes to see anything identifiable as the sound comes closer. Soldiers check the radar for any blips on the screen but it shows nothing.


The Bandit’s adrenaline begins to surge as the sound becomes louder as it approaches at a fevered pace. And just as fast as it appears it's gone in a flash. But there would be no flash as this beast has no lights except maybe the flicker from a lighter from inside and a rubber duck in the grille as it races by soldiers and bandits to its destination. They didn’t have a supernatural encounter, this was God's Rambo in his ghost Camaro, Helge Meyer.


Before we meet Helge first we need to understand what was going on in the Balkans at this time.


From WWII to the 1980s the republic states of Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Macedonia made up the now-former Yugoslavia and were under the dictatorship of Josip Broz Tito when he died on May 4, 1980.


After his death, this would be considered the beginning of the end for Yugoslavia. By 1991, Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia declared their independence from Yugoslavia. Macedonia was allowed to leave peacefully, but Croatia and Slovenia would have to fight for it.


Serbia and Montenegro wanted to become the successor of Yugoslavia as they held the most power and military might that made up the Yugoslav army and these two countries didn’t want to let go of that power or have independent states.


When Bosnia-Herzegovina declared their independence the population was split. One half wanted to stay part of Yugoslavia under the control of Serbia, while the other wanted their independence. Causing them to break out in civil war.


At first, aid was being supplied to those by the UN and other countries by trucks but trucks are slow and easy targets for bandits and the opposing forces. So they were either robbed or blown up and eventually would stop coming to those who needed help.


Seeing the Balkans broke out in war. Helge Meyer was left speechless by those dying in these conflicts, especially children and the elderly he felt compelled to do something as he learned aid was not being rendered to those who needed it as it was deemed too dangerous to keep sending the supply trucks into the war zones.


He wanted to help those in need after seeing what was going on and turned to other European Nations for help first and One by one they turned him away until he made the decision to try his luck with the United States. Helge would then travel to Rhein-Main Air Base located in Frankfurt, Germany.


Here he would meet with the Army Commander of the base at the time which I couldn’t find a name for, and suggested instead of slow trucks something light, fast, and stealthy. With the US Army on board with his plan, he would end up using his 1979 Camaro he bought from a US serviceman in 1986 and got to work on his ghost Camaro.


"I just thought it was a cool car and it sounded good when I bought it in 1986. The V8 has something soothing about it. My wife has always hated it like the plague. The car was to blame for the fact that I was never home and that she never knew where I was”. He would recall in an interview later on in life.


With the help of US Army or Air Force engineers as sources varied, stripping his Camaro down and removing all interior and exterior lighting they would outfit his 1979 Camaro to be a real-world version of K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider:


Kevlar and Steel Plating to the body and back window, and underbody

Kevlar inserts in the doors

Modified the Stock V8 Engine with a Blower and Nitrous Oxide increasing the horsepower to 440

An Iron mine-clearing Blade on the front

Blacked out side windows

Run Flat Tires

The exterior was painted with Infrared Matte Black Stealth Paint (invisible to radar or thermal scopes)

Military GPS system

Thermal body heat detection on board

Fire Suppression system

Night Vision

IR Headlights

High-frequency ground-to-air radio to communicate with aircraft

A yellow rubber ducky in the front grill just for fun.


Even to keep his route and destinations a secret the Americans drew the fastest route on a map that in the pictures I saw was with infra-red light. My guess is if anyone had got their hands on the map would just dismiss it as a regular map.


Now with his car outfitted to make his supply runs and with a little testing. With the beefed-up engine and the NOS, Helge would be able to reach a top speed of 125 mph while carrying 880 pounds of supplies in the car.


Helge Meyers wouldn’t carry any guns in the car with him, just his faith, his bible, and knowledge of the roads were his weapon even though he carried a pair of combat knives and a tomahawk if he did have to defend himself. He also did carry a Koran as he put it for tactical purposes.


The Servicemen of Rhein-Main raised an additional 12k(26,139 in 2023) dollars to buy additional supplies for the people of Bosnia. It was brought up in one of the videos that even Lego got involved and donated their famous blocks for him to deliver as well.


Some of the items he would carry into Bosnia:

Food and Water

Toys for children

Medicine and other Medical Supplies

Sanitary Supplies

Clothing

Diapers


Now Helge Meyer wasn’t just a man wearing his heart on his sleeve for the Children of Bosnia-Herzegovian. Meyer was actually a former Danish Special Forces soldier known as the Jagercorp which is just like our country's special forces and had extensive training in guerilla warfare and trained along with the Green Berets of the US Army and served during Desert Storm.


Helge Meyer was also a deeply religious man, before his first run into Bosnia he made an agreement with God. He asked for his assistance and promised that if he made it out safely and made sure the car made it without a problem he would paint the pages of his bible gold. He did and has painted multiple pages of his bible gold in the margins. With his faith the air base Chaplin would give him the nickname God’s Rambo.


For three years he would drive in and out of Bosnia to help those that needed it. While wearing studded fingerless gloves and a cigar hanging out of his mouth. He would say the gloves were good to drive in and look dangerous, the exact effect a weaponless one-man army needed in enemy land. It was about looking wild, no one dared to lay a finger on me, and it worked for the most part.


On one of his runs, Helge is held hostage at a checkpoint as there was a bounty on his head at the tune of 250k dollars after Serbian fighter jets were shot down in a no-fly zone after he was spotted near the line. Even though he did have radio comms for air support he had no involvement with the jets being shot down.


Now being held at gunpoint in his own car with no gun of his own, Helge knocks the gun from his unwanted passenger’s hand with his elbow, then hits him in the neck to make breathing difficult, and then punches him in the face. With the night and his blacked-out window on his side, while being escorted from behind and in front of his car they have no idea that Helge is no longer a captive at this point. He then turns off his brake lights, spins his car around in a J-turn and speeds off using his NOS. “I threw Joe off a bit later in a ditch. He wasn’t dead I think. But I just had to leave and figured that his friends would soon find him.”


Even with that bounty on his head, he did end up taking a few shots as well. He would wear an infrared detector on his chest that would go off if he was in the line of sight of snipers along with a Kevlar helmet while driving. In some of the sources I used, he showed off the helmet he wore that had a bullet still lodged in it.


In 1994 he would recall a moment in Vares that moved him deeply: “In the middle of the ruins, I examined the surrounding area with my detector, which reacts to body heat. It displayed body heat in the opposite ruin. I saw candlelight through the boarded up door. I knocked and the candle went out immediately. After knocking again and saying, “Mr. Meyer, U.S. Army!” an old man opened the door and asked me inside. A young woman was present with her newborn baby. Everyone was dirty and clearly malnourished, and I got soap, water, food, and baby food from my Camaro. The young mother washed herself and her child and gave the newborn something to eat. We sat around the candle silent for a while. The old man read carefully in his Koran and I in my Bible, which is my constant companion. Then I pulled back into my car, was about to slip into my sleeping bag when someone knocked on my window. It was the young woman who put her baby on my bare chest. I will never forget this moving moment in my life”

The Bosnian Civil War would come to an end on December 14, 1995, after the signing of the Dayton Agreement in November of the same year. The Dayton Agreement was signed to promote peace and stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina and to endorse regional balance in and around former Yugoslavia. The Bosnian Civil War would claim the lives of over 100k people.


Helge made 160 trips in and out of Bosnia from Germany. He would single-handedly deliver 3 million dollars worth of emergency aid to the civilians of war-torn Bosnia. The total number of people or the exact tonnage he moved on his own is unknown but he did earn the respect of all the nations of NATO and was awarded multiple citations for his efforts.


Helge Meyers still owns the Camaro today, and it was painted orange at one point but is back to its original matte black and has put over 100k miles on the car. He also updates his Facebook page with videos and other media types that cover his story and leaves comments as well on YouTube videos from what I have seen.


One of the YouTube comments I saw when doing my research was: “I have family who are from Vareš in Bosnia. They always told us stories about an American bringing them food, water, clothes, and medicine in a fast, dark car, usually at night. Now I guess I know he wasn't an American, thank you, Helge Meyer, for helping out those in need of help, I wish more people were like you!”


To bring the story of God’s Rambo to a close I want to end it with his own words from an interview he did in 2018 to a Danish Newspaper: “I want to tell you that it is useful to do something, even if you are alone and the circumstances are fatal, and you don’t have to drive a Camaro into a war zone filled with medicine and toys or children. I could do that because I had military training and my special connections. It's about helping out on a daily basis down to the smallest thing, we can all do something to help others.”


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