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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Taiwan Personnel Listing - 18 September 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.

If you find someone on the list that you would like to contact, please Email us with name.

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 no additions to the Taiwan Listing this week.
To view the Taiwan Personnel Listing, click,  "Read more" on the left margin below.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sunday's Taipei Times Newspaper Stories..

Today's Taipei Times newspaper is loaded with interesting stories.

1.  Wulai railroad re-opens.  You remember, the small train cars that ran up the hill to the waterfall and where you got on the cable car to the mountain top.

2.  The U.S. Republican National Committee approved a resolution for Arm Sales to Taiwan.

3.  Taiwan has figured out where to take unwanted statues of Chiang Ki-shek.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Taiwan - An Independent Nation!

I have to admit, it had never entered my mind that Taiwan is an Independent Nation.

Here's the Taipei Times article, by Jerome Keating, which opened my eyes and cleared the cob-webs from my brain, to the reality of Taiwan's standing in the World today.

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.

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

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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

One China and One Taiwan

Today's Taipei English language newspapers.

Words matter.

China - on the continent.

Taiwan - on an Island in the Pacific.

What does President Trump really think?

Link to "Taipei Times" - here

Link to "China Post" - here

Friday, January 6, 2017

Alishan Forest Railway in the late 1950s - Updated 6 Jan 2017

More wonderful photographs from Tom Morgan.

A few weeks ago we had a story that Tom Morgan sent over which included many interesting photographs of his home and sites around Taipei, all taken in the 1950s.

You can view that story HERE 

Today, two more wonderful photos of the Alishan Forest Railway area from Tom.

I wrote to Loren Aandahl earlier this week inquiring about the Alishan Forest Railway.

Loren wrote back with some interesting information about the railway engine seen below.
"These pictures are remarkable."

"The train one is from the Alishan Forest Railway. I cannot identify the station but the locomotive is #26, a 28-ton 3-cylinder Shay type locomotive manufactured in Lima, Ohio in 1914. Plus I have never seen a passenger car with canvas for covering the open window space. 
"Rare photo!" 
#26 has been preserved in operating condition."

"The tree picture is from Alishan." 

Tom's Mother added a note to the photo as seen above.
"Logging Train stop - 5 min for all necessities."

Look closely, I'm seeing what appears to be a building just above the tree, possibly up on a hill. 

Loren Aandahl grew up in Taiwan of Missionary parents.

We published a number of posts in the old Taipei Air Station Web Pages with photographs taken during Loren's early years.

Please take a look at some of the beautiful photographs taken in and around Hsinchu during 1954 to 1977.

HERE are those stories <->  You'll like these stories and pictures. 

If you're interested in Taiwan Railroading, you should checkout Loren's two beautiful Taiwan Railway books.


You can find these two books on  

** UPDATE - 5 January 2017 **

Tom Morgan found additional photographs relating to the Alishan Forest Railway.

Above, Chuchi (竹崎) Station, Alishan Forest Railway, Chiayi County, April 1960.

Heading toward Alishan, Chuchi station was the first station stop, after departure from  Chiayi.

Cars are not close to station platform.

No identification on station name.  The cars are close to platform here.

This photo identified as "Rudolph Boys"
This station probably the same station as the photo just above.

A young man hangs out the door; excitement and fresh air.

Bend in tracks ahead.

At first glance, it appears engine is headed for a drop-off!

High in the mountains, an overlook.
Clouds hang over mountains below.

Perhaps someone could translate the sign.


Another look at Triple Tree at Alishan 
Thank you Tom Morgan for sharing these remarkable photographs.