Today the first of two or three posts on Kaohsiung and Tsoying, two of our MAAG posts in the south.
Later, reflections from a lady who’s father was the MAAG Army Sergeant Major at Kaohsiung and thoughts from a gentleman who’s Dad was a Naval Officer at Tsoying.
I found this short, but interesting piece from a US Navy Chief working at Tsoying.
“I was transferred to the Military Assistance and Advisory Group in the Republic of China. I arrived at MAAG China September 1965 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan,” said YNC Eldon L. Vandervort, USN in remarks he left on a USN Patrol Squadron web page in 2003. Eldon retired in 1978.
Eldon probably landed at the old Japanese airport, now the Kaohsiung Airport, you can find it on Google Earth, at these coordinates: 22.572662 120.350643
Back in 1965 there was little air traffic to Kaohsiung, so having goats on the airport property would have been common, helping keep the green area eaten down, not to mention BBQ Cabrito…
“This led to many more interesting experiences. My primary job there was to release classified material to the Taiwanese Navy to support the Navy ships that the US had given them. We made many trips up and down the island from Taipei to the southern tip of the island. A few side trips included visits to an orphanage in a remote area inaccessible by road. This was an orphanage run by Philippine Nuns.
While there, my third child, or my first daughter, was born. My wife had to travel to Taipei a couple of weeks before her due date because there were no approved facilities in the Kaohsiung area. I enjoyed my tour so much that I had it extended for an additional six months.”