As we begin, I want to acknowledge and thank, Scott Clark, the Grandson of a man who served in Taiwan in the early-mid 1950s, whose photographs are being presented today to remember and look back at one of the early year's Double Ten Celebration Parades in Taipei.
I hope you find the photos interesting. Take time, look closely at the photos.
These photographs were taken during the Double 10 Parade, in one of these years: 1953 -> 1956. No date markings on original photo slides to identify the exact year, perhaps someone will recognize the year.
There were thousands of men in this parade; many Republic of China Military units, "Passed in Review" before President Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1995).
You can look at this Celebration event as a display of Taiwan's Military strength..
If you've visited or walked by the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, you will probably recognize where the photographer of the Parade photos was sitting and standing when he took his photos.
Over the years beginning in the 1950s, the frontal area of the building has been remodeled and changed from what it was during this parade period.
Our photographer was seated in a VIP area, on the south end of the Reviewing Stand. Only individuals with seating invitations could sit in President Chiang's reviewing area.
On the right side in most of the Parade photos, you will notice the (Armed Forces Stadium 三軍球場) A very large building in itself.
People are standing all over the upper reaches of the stadium, attempting to get a good view of the parade, lots of cameras.. The Stadium was removed in 1960. I'm wondering if the road running from the Presidential Palace to the East Gate was being widened? You will see the East Gate in some of the Parade Photos below.
The Presidential building was always a popular destination point. In the early years of US MAAG, some of the MAAG Offices were located inside the Presidential Office Building. US Military jargon of the building during the early years of MAAG was, MND Building (Ministry of National Defense).. MAAG did maintain offices inside the building.
During these early years, (beginning officially in 1951) MAAG moved quickly and began full operation all over Taiwan and, a few off-shore islands, helping train President Chiang's Military in the use of US Military weapons and equipment.
In the book, "All My Love, Moe, Letters from Formosa", the author's husband, a US Army Officer writes about arriving in Taipei on a flight from Tokyo on 12 May 1951, to begin establishment of US MAAG Operations following General Chase's arrival on 1 May 1951.
The US MAAG Headquarters Building was just North West of the reviewing stand, seem below.
The MAAG Building in this photo, taken during Double 10 parade in 1965. Notice MAAG Signage just above head level, on the building straight across the crowd.
As you review the color photos of the this parade, look to the upper left side of a couple of the Parade photos, and you will see President Chiang standing in his Reviewing area. You'll have to look closely to find him, he blends into the surroundings and cannot be seen in every photo, as camera angels change.
Strike up the Band, let's get this 1950's, Double 10 Day Parade moving down street. The soldiers are tired of standing around, they are lined up waiting down the left side of the street. If you've ever marched in one of these "Pass in Review Parades" anywhere, you will understand how long you stand out there, in the sun, before you finally move out.... Exhausting for sure!
The sousaphone.. The band has 3 silver instruments delivering those very deep loud sounds to help the marchers know when their left heel should be striking the ground.. Hummm....
Notice the US Air Force Master Sergeant standing, just in front, believe he is holding a microphone, the whole ceremony is being filmed from probably on the Gymnasium on the right side of this photo.