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

Monday, July 27, 2015

Taiwan Personnel Listing - Connect With Lost Friends - 27 July 2015

Below, our current, updated, Taiwan Personnel Listing.

If you find someone you would like to contact, please Email us.
We will forward your mail to that person for response directly to you.

If you would like to be added to the listing, please Email us with your information, using the roster below as a guide.

We try to publish an updated list each Monday.

This listing last updated 27 July 2015.

 New additions to the Taiwan Listing this week are in this color.


To review the listing, click on "Read more" on left margin just below. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

70th Anniversary of 14 US Airmen Executed by Japanese inside Taipei Prison **UPDATED**

The gathering took place last Saturday in Taipei, here's the story by the Taipei Times

The story linked here.




I received an Email from Michael HurstDirector of the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society.

Those of you who will be in Taipei on June 20th, should consider attending this event. 

The opening of the Chunghwa Telecom Company grounds to non-employees on June 20th for a walking tour, could very well be the only time the old prison grounds and execution area is opened to the public. 

Michael's Email......

"As many of you are aware, in 2009 the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society placed a memorial plaque on the wall of the old Taipei Prison to honour and remember the American airmen who were held there, and especially the 14 who were needlessly executed by the Japanese just 57 days before the end of the war.
 
     This year on Saturday June 20th – the 70th anniversary of this tragic event, we are holding another service by the old wall in remembrance again. This time however, prior to the memorial service, we will also be visiting the site – which was found last year - inside the Chunghwa Telecom compound, where the actual executions took place.
 
As we need to know numbers for the tour, we are asking those interested in attending to RSVP no later than Wednesday June17th by reply email if they plan to attend.
 
DETAILS –
     The ceremony will be held at the site of the old north wall of the former Taipei Prison – located at Lane 44, Chinshan South Road Sec. 2, [ 金山南路2段44巷]  which is about a block south of Hsinyi Road on the west side of the street. We are asking that people assemble in front of the Chunghwa Telecom Building at 10:30 am sharp on Saturday June 20th to begin the morning activities. Following the tour, the ceremony will begin at 11:00 am and should last about 40 minutes.
 
     For more information please contact Michael Hurst, Director of the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society in Taipei at:   society@powtaiwan.org .
 
Please see our website at www.powtaiwan.org for further information on the POW Society and the work we do.
 
We hope you will be with us for this very special service of remembrance."
 


NOTE: 

 If you are not familiar with the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society, you should look through the web site.   See link above, in red color.

You are going to be very surprised on what went on, during WWII, in Japanese held Taiwan.

And, what Michael Hurst has done since the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society was established.

Remarkable achievements in honoring all POWs imprisoned in Taiwan. 



 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lighters and Money Clips

Received a package in the mail from Jack Hornbeck containing a couple of gifts he picked up at Falcon Club and Club 63 during his time in Taiwan, 1966-1969.
























Club 13, NCO Open Mess was the original name of the NCO Club at Taipei Air Station.

Sometime during the 1968-1969 time frame, the club was re-named Falcon Club.

I've always wondered why the name change?

Seems like the "powers to be" needed something to hang their hat on....

I'll always refer to the Taipei Air Station NCO Club as "Club 13" 

It's like they re-wrote The History of Taipei Air Station, when our Club's name was changed!




Actually, the back side of this is a large "money clip" for carrying cash you won playing the slots or your poker winnings from the Stag Bar card game.


































Everyone spent time at Club 63 in Taipei.

We've seen this lighter before, and there were probably a number of different lighters that were gifted to Club 63 members through the years.

This Club 63 lighter is in "pristine" condition. 

Jack would have received this sometime in the later half of the1960's.

 
Back side of the lighter, actually the colors are a bit different front and back.

 Between the gifts that were passed out at the military clubs around the island and the monthly "Membership Nights" with free dinners and drinks and Floor Shows of questionable nature (just think what would happen if the floor shows we experienced were presented in this day....)

Why, there would be Congressional Investigations, people fired, etc...

There's hardly a military member, spouse or family member, assigned to duty in Taiwan during our time, 1951 and 1979, who would not say some thing along the line of: 

"Taiwan was the BEST assignment of my (our) military career."

Few would not agree.

Long live a Free Taiwan and it's wonderful people....

God Bless!


Thank you Jack Hornbeck for sharing your Taiwan gifts. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MAAG Taiwan's Presence Still Found





















Photo found on the Internet.

The photographer sensed history when he framed this photo.

The American military presence is still seen in Taiwan.

This, scuffed shield, propped-up on an old chair, still radiates strong feelings of peace and quietness.

MAAG Taiwan should command a prominent display area inside the Taiwan Military Museum in Taipei.

Had MAAG Taiwan's thousands of US Military Advisors not arrived in the early 1950's, Taiwan's history would be much different today.

God Bless Taiwan.... 

You might want to read some of the early history of MAAG Taiwan.

HERE 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Water Rationing Around the Corner in Taipei

Friday's Taipei English newspapers headlined upcoming water rationing.

Like many places in the world, Taiwan has experienced serious rainfall shortages this winter.


Read both stories below:

 The China Post story here.





Friday, March 6, 2015

Radio Station For Old GI's

Got a radio link from my Navy friend, John over in the Philippines..

I grew up in south Texas in the 1950s and begin to listen to music on the radio when Elvis and those who followed the early Rock and Roll era came on the scene.

Country and Western music back then was something our parents and cowboys listened to. I remember those High School cowboys used to drive around the places where we hung out, the drive-ins where you used to get your hamburger, onion rings and cherry or vanilla Coke or ice tea, delivered to your car window on a tray. There would be rock and roll music filling the overhang area from the jukebox inside the drive-in. Some of the young cowboys would slowly drive past everyone with western music blaring out the windows, and every cowboy teenager had at least one rifle and shotgun hanging across the rear window.  

We constantly twisted through the radio dial trying to find Rock and Roll music when the music from the jukebox stopped.     

There was a radio station across the river in Mexico that played Rock and Roll an hour of so every afternoon.  A local station in my hometown, KRIO, played an hour of Rock and Roll on Saturday mornings.  At night, after sundown, we could usually pick up WLAC, a 50,000 watt clear channel radio station out of Nashville, Tennessee.  They had a program sponsored by Randy's Record Shop of Gallatin,  Tennessee, that played Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues music.  I suspect some who read this may have listened to WLAC? 

Now that I've lived just about as long as the speed limit on Texas Expressways, I've discovered that country and western music I believed so awful in my teenage years, is really kind of interesting.  Teenagers often get it wrong.     

I guess it's better that I listen to those old songs now than miss them altogether.  

Check them out for yourself. 

Get your fill.  


HERE a link to the radio station that plays Country and Western without commercials.  One after another.....

Something new for you to experience too? 



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Daughter of a Tainan AB Pilot Checks-In

Sherry Banks the daughter of Lonnie Teague wrote to us:

My father, Capt Lonnie Teague was stationed at Tainan. 1959-1961.

We lived in Nine-house compound.  

I know my dad went to Quemoy sometimes but I don't know what he did there.  He was a fighter pilot.  

His best friend was a Capt in the Chinese Air Force, Orlando Hue.  

My dad had a heart attack while he was flying but he was able to get the plane back to Tainan and land.  

There's so much I don't know but would like to find out.  

I have some pictures of the compound but we didn't go to the base much that I can remember.  

I would appreciate any information of that time period and especially anyone that knew my father.

Perhaps someone knew Lonnie Teague.. 

Please write and we will arrange contact with Sherry Teague.