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

Monday, May 23, 2016

Taiwan Personnel Listing - Updated: 23 May 2016

Below, our current, updated, Taiwan Personnel Listing.

If you served in Taiwan, we encourage you to add you name, all are welcome.

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.

To have your information added to the Listing, please Email us, 
 using the Listing as a guide.
 
There were no Additions to the Listing this week.

To view the current Listing, click on:  Read more>> 
on the left margin below.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Taiwan to Participate in RIMPAC?

One of the most refreshing and encouraging stories to come along recently......

HERE

Thursday, May 19, 2016

President Tsai of Taiwan - New Days Ahead....

President Tsai took the reins of government at the Presidential Office in Taipei late Friday morning.

 The ceremonies were broadcast by the Office of the President and watched by many around the world via the Internet.

Here is a link to her speech, translated to English.

HERE

  Have some time to burn?  

 At the bottom of the English translation page is a video, over 2 hours long., where

you can watch all the activities that took place in Taipei today....


 


 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Walking around the USTDC and HSA Compounds in Taipei

Did another walk around the area yesterday.  If you remember the old US Taiwan Defense Command building and the Headquarters Support Command (HSA) East Compound, you'll get to see what it looks like today.

The video in 1080 HD, you should check what the quality is when the video begins, I had to change mine when it began to 1080 HD.

Something in Taipei you'd like to see again, please write and we can talk about it.



https://youtu.be/TE6l4-rWaGw

 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

More 1950s Memories from Tainan AS


Karen Baks (Jensen) spent time in Tainan as a youngster in the late 1950s and sent us some thoughts from those days.

She made reference to "Tom" in her subject line.  She was probably referring to a Tainan story from Tom Roberts.


 Good memories Tom!

Thank you for posting this Taiwan Air Station blog.  It brings back such happy memories as we lived in Tainan from 1958 through late 1960 while our Dad, Major Niels Jensen, guided those Taiwanese mechanics with repairing and keeping the planes flying.

We "kids" enjoyed swimming (from April thru November) at the MAAG beach and playing in the pillboxes at either end. We danced in the little canteen.

My Dad said the Magambo club was named for Clark Gable film, Mogambo - just mis-spelled.

There was a bowling alley, a teen club and a movie theater at the Air Station, plus Spring Rolls at the CAT Club swimming pool.  Same teen fun as the stateside kids, but a very small group.

Our family traveled down to Eluanbi for snorkeling, and across the East/West Highway to Hualien - the swinging bridge across Taroko Gorge was scary good fun! And we vacationed twice at the Sun Moon Lake hotel - rowing out to a tiny island in the lake, which now holds a sacred shrine.

Here's military PR, but good info on our father's workload:


 

 

 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Walking around Taipei Air Station and Chung Shan North Road

This week I decided to take time out of my, nothing to do schedule and get out of the apartment to enjoy the unseasonably warm temperatures.  Yesterday it was over 80 degrees here in Taipei, and today in the high 70s..

Two days ago, I rode the Metro out to Kung Kuan, the old Taipei Air Station area, and walked the area recording a video presentation.


The video opens just across the street from the area that once housed the "Fox Studio" which is the store just to the right, notice the blue sign with yellow lettering, top right, and the letters,    C O L O R on the pillar.

After seeing this photo, I believe it was closer to the old circle on Roosevelt Road than I talked about it in the video.  Notice how close the mountain is in the left side of this photo.  This mountain contained antenna which can still be seen today, although I noticed while walking the are has a number of telephone antenna now.

Also, as we walk by the old original stone wall that ran from the circle on Roosevelt Road down to the entrance gate and exit gate of Taipei Air Station, I promised to show a photo of the old wall, since I discovered when filming that most of the remaining old wall has been taken down in the last few days.

BUT

We have aerial photographs of the area, taken from different times, which show the old area and the new buildings.




































This is a very clear photo of Taipei Air Station in 1973.

 You'll want to hold down your Ctrl key and then tap on the + sign and this photo will open-up and you'll be able to see the street that came off the circle and went past the entrance and exit gates.  The street is still in the same place today, as you'll see in the video.

This photo (above) includes the "new buildings," such as the 327th Air Division office building, the new NCO Club and other buildings.

Aerial View circa 1969.

This photo shows the "old" Taipei Air Station before any construction on the new Keelung Highway.

Here's a view looking from the opposite direction, guessing 1972.

Look closely, toward the top of the photo outside the red line.  All of the base is still intact.  The new Keelung Highway is just beginning to be cut through.

OK.

Let's get on with the film of the area, taken on Tuesday, 22 December 2015.

The video is in 1080 HD format, so be sure it's showing in 1080 HD on your monitor.


Here's the link:


https://youtu.be/DA3lojJB7UQ


I hope you enjoyed the visit.  If you have any questions please Email us at:

 taipeiairstation@yahoo.com


Yesterday, I caught the Metro north toward the old HSA Compound and filmed again.

I walk from the corner of Chung Shan North Road and Min Quan Road north to the area on the sidewalk outside the old HSA East Compound.

Here is that video, taken yesterday, 23 December 2015.

I had gone down to figure out just where the old Military Club called, Club Oasis was actually located.

This video explains where it was (to the best of my knowledge)

Perhaps someone may remember the club, it was in existence in 1956, and appears in the MAAG Taiwan Telephone directory dated 1956.

Here's the video:

https://youtu.be/yvoSCzQkqgk

This video is also in 1080 HD. So much cleaner and sharper.

Please leave your Comments below.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year




Monday, December 7, 2015

1956 MAAG Taiwan Telephone Directory

Patrick Gannon, a son of former US MAAG Taiwan,  Army Captain,  Thomas F. Gannon, Jr.,  recently came across a very interesting and valuable document in this father's papers.
  
The yellowed pages attest to it's age, just shy of 60 years.

Lots of information can be found inside the directory.

For instance, MAAG Team locations, how MAAG was broken down into the various military specialties who trained and worked with the Taiwan Military.

Most of the "US MAAG Personnel" were older men, well versed in their specialties.  These knowledgeable Officers and NCO's helped teach and train Taiwan Military personnel in the use of weapons and weapon systems throughout all branches and specialties of the Taiwan Military.

Below, the Telephone Directory Cover.






























In 1999, Patrick Gannon met President Lee Teng-Hui while leading a business group to Taiwan.

The directory is divided into a unit and office listing which is followed  with an alphabetical  listing of personnel assigned to US MAAG Taiwan at the time.

The document is very large and is broken down into 2 sections.

If you would like a copy of this document, please Email us, we'll send it right out.

tapieiairstation@yahoo.com