Keith expressed his feelings about his Taiwan experience, "Looking back, I was very lucky to have been assigned to CCK. Being on Taiwan was one of the best experiences of my life and I had the opportunity to work with some of the best people I've ever encountered anywhere."
I receive a lot of e-mail from folks who served all over Taiwan. Just about everyone who writes expresses the same same feelings Keith expressed above. No matter where you served in Taiwan, as you look back, it was a wonderful time in your life.
Keith included a few photographs of some interesting items he picked-up on the base, including this cover of the base brochure distributed the early 1970s.
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Here is a new map of downtown Taichung picked up last month on a visit to Taiwan.
The city is growing out and up. Many beautiful new buildings now dot the city and many of the places we once knew have disappeared to new construction.
This map, the back cover of the CCK base brochure, identifies some of the locations US military personnel had an interest in. Some of the MAAG places noted on earlier maps of Taichung have disappeared from this 1970s map.
And, here are a couple of cards that will tweak your memory. Local folks were appreciative of our attempts to speak Chinese. You could go a long way in Taichung with a good attitude, a smile on your face and a few words of Chinese.
Everyone who served in Taiwan would be proud of what has happened in the country since your departure.
Everywhere you look, new construction is going up, the streets are clean, the people are happy and going about business as usual. Their spirit grabs you.
I felt a sadness in my heart as my China Airlines flight lifted off the runway and we began our flight back home. I'll return soon, Taiwan is a part of me.
Your time served in Taiwan was not in vain!