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

Monday, May 31, 2021

Taiwan Personnel Listing - Memorial Day - 31 May 2021

Below, our current, updated Taiwan Personnel Listing.
If you served in Taiwan, we encourage you to add your name and information.
Anyone who served in Taiwan is Welcome, we cover all Services and all Taiwan Duty Stations.
If you find someone on the List that you would like to contact, please email us with the name of the person.
We will forward your Email to that person. 

Want to Add Your Name to the Taiwan Personnel Listing?
Use the listing below as a guide to what information to include in your Email.
There is 1 addition to the Taiwan Listing this week.
NEW folks added this week are BLUE in the Listing, linked below..
Hold down the left side of your Mouse, and run your Mouse over the link at the very bottom of this page,  the link will have a light colored see-thru cloud over it as your mouse passes over the words.
RIGHT click on your Mouse as it is sitting on the link

Do I Hear some unspeakable words of frustration?  or do I hear:  Bingo? 

If you have problems, just write, I will help you.
LINK is below.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Our Navy Enlisted Club in Kaohsiung Updated 24 April 2021

Here's an update to our Navy Club in Kaohsiung story and photographs.

I spoke with a Manager of the Sea Dragon Club in it's earlier days.

I sent photos of the Menu Cover and prices and he said that the "Prices" of the Menu items, were prior to his arrival.

 So, these were probably from sometime in the later 1950s.

The 3 photos below, are courtesy of Scott Ellinger.  

 The Menu Cover reminds me of the Menu Cover from the Navy Club in Taipei after Club 63 closed and the Navy took over the Club. 

 And, one more note, the 2 Menu pages look different, BUT, back in those days, the Office had to TYPE each Menu, No Xerox in those early days.




Today, another look back at our Navy Club in Kaohsiung.


I'm not aware of exactly when the Kaohsiung Navy Club first opened it's doors to visiting Naval vessels.


There were also a number of US MAAG personnel in the Kaohsiung area during those early years of the 1950s.  Some non-MAAG US personnel were also assigned in the Kaohsiung/Tsyong area.  


During the US MAAG years in the Southern area of Taiwan, there were 2 additional US Military Clubs in the Kaohsiung area, which were initially operated by US MAAG Taiwan.

Chances area, many Sailors on visiting ships also found their way to these MAAG Clubs in the Kaohsiung area, for the most part, Officer's and Senior Enlisted. 

The Navy Club was probably a "Little Loud" as the evenings progressed.


Those MAAG Clubs were later transferred to the Navy Exchange as MAAG personnel completed their assignments and were reassigned as their positions were eliminated.  


In later years the MAAG Personnel numbers were very low.    


The "Mission" of MAAG was to train Taiwan Military Personnel to use and maintain  Military Equipment, provided to the Taiwan Government by the United States, as  thousands of Chiang Kai shek's military personnel flooded into Taiwan as World War II came to an end in Asia. 

 When we talk about MAAG, you cannot imagine how many places our MAAG personnel were working with Taiwan Military Personnel throughout Taiwan proper, and the outlying islands.  They were everywhere. If you look on the right hand margin of this Blog, I have linked to a number of films about Taiwan, at least one on MAAG I believe. 

Taiwan, for those of you were fortunate enough to be assigned there, was probably the Best Assignment in Asia.  

A friend, Scott Ellinger, ran across these old photos that were taken in Kaohsiung.  

These center around the Navy Club, a few blocks up the street from Fleet Landing. Many Sailors and Marines walked that street back-in-the-day.  You will probably recall the street when seeing these photos.


You folks who visited Kaohsiung or were assigned in the area will probably recognize the Club Building which changed a little thru the years. What went on at the Club depended on who the Manager was.  

At one time, there was an Officer's Lounge, and a Top 3 Lounge and an E6 Lounge. One year, the club sponsored a "boat" in the Kaohsiung Dragon Boat Races.  I will include that Dragon Boat story in links below.


You'd walk straight up the street from Fleet Landing.

Could not get much easier.

The red color, Hotel Kennedy, which must have had this business card size map drawn, hoping you might decide to spend the night in their hotel.

What can we see in this photo?

The sign hanging down in front of the club appears to display in both English and Chinese, but I can't make it out.  Anyone figure out what lights-up at night? 

There's a Navy Bus sitting at the front door of the EM Club.

There's a Marine in Uniform, walking in front of 2 boys of left side of photo. 

Also, looks like another Marine walking into the Front Door of the club.

Notice the Hotel in the rear of the EM Club in this photo.  It's not named the Kennedy Hotel, it had a Chinese name when this photo was taken.


We're not cheap, we have COLOR 😀

This photo taken years after the black and white photo above.

The club has a new name:  "Sea Dragon Club" hanging in front door.

Building looks to have been painted, re-modeled and more air conditioning.

Take a look at the Color photo again.

Look at the Sea Dragon sign, it looks to have Neon piping surrounding it.

Look at this Black and White photo just above.

This window can be seen in the previous color photo.

Same time-frame as black and white photo above.


Later in the evening, after a number of cocktails, it's time to take a walk down the street to see what else is going on.

Here is one of the Bar Streets, where fun and games go-on until the wee hours.


New Photo of the Kaohsiung US Navy Club 

 This Menu courtesy of Scott Ellinger




Links below for other Kaohsiung stories in my Blog.

Bits and pieces about Kaohsiung appear in many stories in my Blog.

The 2 stories, below, were individual stories reflecting on the Kaohsiung area. 

To Open stories below, mouse on the line and double click....


















Thursday, July 30, 2020

Looking Back at Don Meyer's Hong Kong Trip in December 1956

Many of us assigned to Taiwan took advantage of the "IALP" set-aside for military members and families, to visit Hong Kong.

Can someone please decipher the abbreviation, IALP.. which you can see in the set of MAAG orders below.

I've removed "Serial Numbers" from the orders.

A reminder, in 1956, the government of Hong Kong was run by the British. 
 American Military and families were welcomed.

Don Meyer, who was featured in a previous story in this Blog, took advantage of the travel opportunities offered by MAAG Taiwan and flew into Hong Kong on 3 December 1956 aboard a MAAG Taiwan C-47 aircraft.

Here's one of MAAG Taiwan's C-47 aircraft, in this photo, resting in Hong Kong
awaiting return trip to Taipei.

I know this is Hong Kong because of the Aircraft Maintenance Shop seen in the right side of this photo, in the background, which I know is in Hong Kong.

Don only sent over 1 photo of his visit to Hong Kong, seen below.  Don said he had more, but could not locate them at the time he sent this group of photos to me.

 No one standing on the sidewalk in this photo, not typical of Hong Kong.

Here's what we have from Don's visit to Hong Kong, I hope you enjoy going through the booklet and re-acquainting yourself with Hong Kong by seeing the shop advertisements and wonderful maps.

Perhaps some of your purchases were made at one of the shops seen in the booklet.

Double Click on the photos to make them LARGER!

Booklet dated November 1956..

Just about 64 years ago.  It doesn't seem that long ago.

When did you visit Hong Kong?

My first visit, via MAAG C-47, in 1967.
You can find that story in this blog, as well as other visits to Hong Kong in later years.

The two photos above, will paste together so see how the Hong Kong Island looks from Bay View.

Just noticed that I am missing 2 photos of the booklet.

Inside the back cover and the back cover of the booklet.

I'm going to skip posting those two photos.  If you want them,  please email me:

Here's a receipt for Don's purchase of clothing from Rene Tailor..

$24.00 One Gent's Suit  
$16.00 Two Trousers
$12.00 Four Shirts
$3.00 Four Scarfs

$55.00 US

I would venture to say, just about everyone who visited Hong Kong back in the day, came back with clothing, and a suit case full of other goodies for family and parents.

Hope you enjoyed reliving those days we had, be it Taiwan, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan, or where every you visited, they were exciting days for sure.

Memories all and happy days they were.