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

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: