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

Friday, June 28, 2013

Command Inspection of Taipei PMO Personnel in the 1970s

Today we tag along on an inspection of the Provost Marshall's Office at Taipei Headquarters Support Activity.  These are the first photos I have ever seen of any type of Command Inspection of personnel in Taiwan.   Your thoughts and remembrances  - please leave comments below.

I received a number of excellent photos from Arnold Houchin, an Air Force Captain who served at the Taipei Headquarters Support Activity (HSA) Provost Marshall's Office (PMO) in the mid 1970s. 

Captain Houchin's description of his photographs:

"I'm the USAF captain with the PMO formation. 

There are other Navy personnel from HSA in the background.  

I think PMO was the only mixed service department at HSA.  

At that point in time, the Navy didn't have a law enforcement rating and the closest they came was the Shore Patrol.  

The Air Force and Army constituted the "professionally" trained police.  

The Navy Master-at-Arms (MA) rating was just in its infancy. In fact, before I left Taipei, we got a MA Chief Petty Officer.  

There were only about 18-20 PMO personnel in the photo since we needed to continue answering calls for police service and performing the Pass and ID function for ration cards, car licensing, etc.

 As near as I can guess, the inspection took place some time between April 1974 and January 1976.  I did find the Admiral's name--Vice Admiral Edwin Snyder. 

I can also recall a few of the names of USAF personnel in the formation if that would be useful.  

The location of the formation was in the West Compound behind the Exchange Cafeteria. 

It was a command inspection for the entire US Navy Headquarters Support Activity Taipei (HSA-Taipei).  Provost Marshal's Office and Taipei Armed Services Police were part of HSA, on assignment from Taipei Air Station--later Shu Lin Kou."

If you are in one of these photos, write to us and we can identify you.  

You may have friends wanting to contact you.  Check our Taiwan Roster page HERE for other personnel who have checked-in and are listed on our roster.

"As I recall we had two dog teams assigned to PMO.  One with a USAF handler and one a Navy Handler."

This photo above was a different Inspection, than the photos that follow.

"We had at least two inspections during the period ~ (April 1974 - January 1976) 

This inspection was for the USTDC Commander,  Vice Admiral Edwin Snyder, shown in the above photo." The Navy Yeoman First Class following Admiral Snyder is taking notes, followed by Captain Grause and a Navy Chief Petty Officer.

All of the Navy folks in this photo, were wearing their "whites.

"I think this would have been a summer uniform inspection."

Everyone in formation, standing at attention, as the inspecting officer approaches.

Some time later or maybe earlier than the previous photo?

 "Earlier I think. The inspecting officer is USN Captain (0-6) Jerome Grause.  

"Behind Captain Grause is a Navy Chief is taking notes and the HSA Command Chief follows.

  "Commander Brown, HSA Executive Officer, follows in the rear."

The Airman standing on the right, looks a lot like Clint Eastwood.

"Not Eastwood, but proud to have him nevertheless.
  I believe his name was A1C Rose — in those days a three striper was an A1C.  Now a Buck Sergeant."
These were the days, wonderful Taiwan!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Salute to a Fallen Brother

On the road in Atlanta.

A scene opened outside my waiting room window at the Atlanta Airport, Friday morning.

Watching the goings-on surrounding the Delta Airbus which had just landed, I saw a soldier walk around the nose of the aircraft.  He spoke to some of the ground crew and then walked over to the position seen in this photo.

Things came of a stop in this small area as a flag draped casket nosed its way out of the aircraft and was lowered.

The attending soldier stood at attention and saluted during the movement from the aircraft to the carrier.

It was an honor to watch as everyone involved showed respect and honor to our fallen brother.

During this time, just below my vantage point window, the Delta Airlines pilots who had flown the aircraft from Honolulu, stood at attention, the tops of their black hats can be seem just at the bottom right of the above photo.

After the casket was placed into the transport, the two pilots, walked to the side, where the attending soldier stood and spoke with him and the workers. 

The folks at Delta in Atlanta are professionals.

So many thoughts ran through my mind as I thought about this scene.

Who was this fallen soldier, where is his home, who are his parents, was he married, did he have children? 

It occured to me, the soldier accompying this fallen brother, has a great responsibility, which he will forever remember.

SALUTE to our brother and to all those helping along the way to his final resting place.