Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Taiwan Personnel Listing - 14 August 2017

Below, our current, updated, Taiwan Personnel Listing.

If you served in Taiwan, we encourage you to add your name and "Nickname."

Anyone who served in Taiwan is welcome, we cover all services and all Taiwan Duty Stations.

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We will forward your Email to that person.

Want to add your name to the Taiwan Personnel Listing?

Use the listing below as a guide to what information to include in your Email.   

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  There were 2 additions to the Taiwan Listing this week.
 
To view the Taiwan Personnel Listing, click,  "Read more" on the left margin below.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Wichita Lineman closes up shop

One of my favorite singers has left.

Glenn Campbell passed today, age 81, after a lengthy fight with Alzheimer's disease.

Glenn was one of my favorites.


Double click here->Here's a link to the USA Today newspaper story

May God Bless his Soul.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tainan Air Station Begins Again 1958-1959

There was not much to see on Tainan Air Station before the late 1950s.

I've never corresponded with anyone who was stationed at Tainan in the early years. except Jim Nelson.

MAAG Taiwan was in the area, but it was headquartered at Tsoying Naval Base.  Not a lot of information from that base or era.

Let's see.  How many years ago was 1958?   59 years, going on 60.

What was the average age of a soldier, sailor or airman who might have been stationed in the south of Taiwan in 1958?  Probably in their early to mid 20s.

So, practically speaking, the age of just about anyone stationed in the south of Taiwan in 1958 would be probably be at least 80 years old. (Of course accompanying family would be younger)  

 Today a look-back for those of you who once called the Tainan area home, a look at the US side of the base as it came up in 1958-1959.

I've posted the building numbers of the buildings, using the 1972 map of Tainan Air Base.

I should note, from 1959 until the base closed down, there were additions and remodels of the buildings in this old photo.

Hope you enjoy going back 60 years, and many warm memories abound.

In the end, all we have are memories, I hope your memories of Tainan are beautiful.

Base Construction on-going when this photo taken by Jim Nelson.



1972 Tainan AB map. 
You will have to click or double click on the map to get a larger and clearer map.

I you have time, we have more old photographs from Jim Nelson.

Here is a link to many of Jim's photos that appeared in our Taipei Air Station Web Page many years ago. 

http://www.taipeiairstation.com/index_files/Page2707.htm

Thank you Jim Nelson. 

Your photographs have been seen and enjoyed by thousands of folks over the years.





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

China Post Newspaper



One of the local Taipei English Language newspapers, The China Post, recently changed ownership.

The new owners announced a few days ago that the newspaper's print edition would be closed in mid-May 2017. 
Here's the Taipei Times article on the China Post announcement: 


Reading the news of the print closure was a shock.  

I enjoy reading the newspaper.  Usually scan each page of the paper, then go back and read those articles of interest, then move on page by page, through the paper.  I find many articles of interest that are difficult to find in the on-line editions of the newspaper, unless they have the readable on-line copy of print edition.

Just about everyday during my tour in Taiwan, I would spend 2 NT dollars, the small paper dollars at the time, to purchase the China Post, and I would pick-up a Stars and Stripes from the coin stand or the counter at the club, and read through both while having a meal, usually at one of the military clubs.

If I couldn't find a newspaper seller on the street, I would sometimes go to the newspaper's office to get a copy. 

The paper's press and office was a few blocks from the HSA Compound.

The good news, The China Post will continue to publish on-line.

I want to remember here, the steadfastness of the original owner's and publisher's, Mr. and Mrs. Y. P. Huang, who had the courage to open the China Post in the early 1950s.

Before the China Post, the only hard-copy "local news" available were typed carbon copies of wire stories and local news, gathered by, "China News" who ever they were.


Courtesy Alice Winans, circa 1952. 

Looking back in my files, the oldest story from the China Post I could locate in my computer was an article we recently discussed in this blog.

After reading the article, perhaps you remember something about the circumstances or something that could be of help in determining what really happened to the aircraft, passengers and crew discussed in this story.

Please write to us at  taipeiairstation@yahoo.com

The China Post story, 3 October 1958.

Another favorite is gone!





Friday, February 24, 2017

More on U.S.Marines Returning to Taiwan

Today's TAIPEI TIMES newspaper has an article on their Opinion page discussing the U.S. Marine Guards return to Taiwan.

HERE's a link to the article:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

U.S. Marines Returning to Taiwan

Some 38 years ago, 28 February 1979, the United States Embassy in Taipei closed it's doors.  The embassy old buildings are long gone.

 The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) then opened it's doors to act as the U.S. Representative Agency (Embassy) and assumed all responsibilities associated with the former embassy.  I'm sure the State Department would say this wasn't exactly so, but judge for yourself.


Today's Taipei English Language Newspapers....

U.S.Marines will once again stand guard at our NEW, can I say, Embassy?

Before you leave this story, be sure to read my story about the Taipei U.S. Embassy Guards, old photographs and other interesting tidbits.  At the bottom of this story.



Above and below the Fold - today's China Post.



Also above the Fold - today's Taipei Times

Now you'll want to see my story about the Taipei Marine Guards long ago.

HERE's the old Marine Guard's story....

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Taipei Hostels

Over the years of writing this blog, I've spoken with many Taiwan veterans.

 In the course of some of our conversations, living in hostels has come up.

I would ask where the hostel was located.  Very few people remembered their exact locations. 

I just came across a list of Hostels in Taipei and Grass Mountain.

 The list came directly from the 1956 MAAG Military Telephone Book.

A story coming soon has a number of photos from the mid 1950s and includes a picture or two taken inside the grounds of Hostel 12.