Larry Michel checked-in a few days ago and sent over a number of photos he had taken during his Tainan tour, 1968 to 1970.
"I was stationed at NAF Naha Detachment Tango, at Tainan. We were a small detachment out of the Naval Air Facility at Naha Okinawa.
"We provided fuel and lodging to visiting Navy and Marine squadrons. A few Air Asia employees also resided in our quarters.
“Our compound was located right next to the Chinese Air Force area on the north end of the base. We had several buildings on our compound, including our own restaurant and club.
“I spent a lot of time on the US Air Force side, bowling a couple of nights a week at the bowling alley, visiting the Air Force theater and exchange." “We were also frequent visitors to the Magambo club and downtown Tainan.
|Main Entrance to Detachment Tango on Tainan|
|Det. Tango's cement water tower|
|Det. Tango kept a real nice looking area|
|One story quarters housed assigned personnel as well as various transient personnel. The two story building in the background was used to house transient flight crew members. Looks like these men are cutting a barrel in half for a new BBQ..|
|Always a dog around.|
|Water plant, the fish pond and the Doc's office.|
|Every unit has one of these type boards, but Det. Tango has a photograph of every assigned individual displayed. Larry believes his photo is on the bottom row, last photo on the right.|
|Det. Tango's restaurant|
|A work area close to the flight line.|
|A couple of our fuel vehicles|
|Air Force C-124 lifting off above the fuel tanker|
|The Detachment's C-47. Larry took a Environmental Leave to Hong Kong on this bird.|
|Air Force RC-121 aircraft resting at Tainan.|
|Navy AT-16 Sea Plane visiting Tainan.|
|Smoke, haze or fog partially covering a Air Force C-124 and the Air Force RC-121 aircraft toward the south. There is the stairway with an Air Force emblem just across the fence.|
|A Taiwan military friend. In the background, CAF F5A aircraft|
|A visiting Marine Corps F4H aircraft|
|Another view of the Marine Corps F4H|
|Local school children and teachers on the flight line to see the Navy P3 aircraft|
|Lots of smiling faces, they must have enjoyed the tour. Wonder if they were able to walk inside the aircraft?|
|ROC F5 aircraft inside this hanger.|
|Tainan Military Beach - looks like the Life Guard wasn't on duty today.|
|Tainan Military Beach - Club House - Oh Oh! who is that on the wall soaking up the sun?|
departed Tainan in June of 1970. His friend, John, sent him this 1970
Christmas Card which has all of the men that were stationed at
Detachment Tango. |
Detachment Tango can be seen on this map in coordinates G 7 and 8
Taiwan was a special place, and Tainan a wonderful assignment for most.
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