Dedicated To All Navy CT's Stationed at NSGA Shu Linkou Air Station, Taipei, Taiwn

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If you served at Shu Linkou Air Station at any time during it’s 22 year history we would like to hear from you regardless of the branch of service you may have been with.  Please leave your name, years of service, service branch, duty section, contact information and a short comment.

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  1. glenisnelson

    Less than 15 months until the big reunion of NSGD/NSGA Navy Veterans ! We have all wanted to see this happen for awhile , and now it is a reality ! Below , I have entered the reservation link to book your own rooms for the upcoming reunion . You can also call the reservation hotline at 1-800-452-3224 . You can book 1 night or 4 nights . You can also hold your reservation with just 1 night’s down payment . Nightly room rates are at a set price of 199.00 + tax for a Traditional King Suite and 219.00 + tax for a Double Queen Suite . This price was the lowest I could find for such a nice hotel during the outer edge of a peak time period in this very expensive island resort . Many hotels were running much higher . If you want to stay in a less expensive hotel , by all means , book it , but don’t wait too long , due to a possible hotel availability shortage as the reunion dates near . There will be further updates to this posting , as we get nearer to the big event ! The reservations hotline should be able to answer most questions about the hotel and accommodations and other important info . You can also send me a message via Facebook or send me a message via internet at: bluehatch992@gmail.com or call me at (615) 879-8798 . Let me stress that this is the early stages of this long awaited reunion . Many updates and further information will be sent as more information becomes available . Thank you and I will be in touch again , soon ! Keep spreading the word ! Sincerely . Jim Hatcher (AKA JW HATCH) .

    March 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  2. larry tinker

    I am glad to see that axe’s website will continue. Best to all that experienced taiwan.l

    April 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

  3. Thomas Williams

    name Thomas “Will” Williams from Memphis, USAF, Charlie Flight 1973 to 1976, twilliams992@gmail.com; My lifelong friends Henderson and Bond and I took over the Navy’s mission working with Supervisor, Wendell, and both Navy and Marines staff. I remember Marine named Honeycutt and Navy guy we called Snag. Navy unit in back shut down at ShuLinkou compound for morse in about 1975 and the 3 of us took over sometimes with another Memphian Jack.

    June 10, 2014 at 2:17 am

  4. Tom Robinson

    Thomas (Tom) Robinson “San Ba Tom”. Navy, Charlie Section Aug ’72 to Mar ’74. Sat the line, R-Brancher. 469-398-9439 cell. Living in Dallas, TX currently. Add me to the roster please. One of my very favorite duty stations. My first wife was from Taipei. Thanks to Radar, I found this blog. Thanks for all the work that went into keeping Linkou Navy present on the web!

    July 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  5. Lt. Bill Hall

    Comment from Lt. Bill Hall, NSGA Taiwan 1970-72:
    I’ll try to get organized to send a few photos. Taiwan was and is an amazing place. Thanks to the Navy I was given a one year crash course in Chinese in Monterey, before heading to Okinawa and later Taiwan. It served me well. After leaving the Navy I eventually ended up with the sports company NIKE. I spent about ten years back in Asia opening up markets for the Nike brand. That included Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and the rest of the region. I was very fortunate. Now retired.

    I struggle a bit now to remember names, but I do remember , of course, Chief Ski, Chief Turner, Chief Micioto, CT 1 Mitch Ringer, CT,s Meese, Laycock, Bill Pegues, LtJG Mike Yahng, Lt Brian Ingalls, Cdr Stein, Lcdr Jerry Gordon, CWO Larry Weeks, Lt. Tim Murphy. And if I work at it I am sure I will recall more.

    I’ll write more later. Thanks for including us officers.

    July 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

    • My name is John J. Stein and I am a very proud Navy “junior”. I dutifully moved every 2 years growing up according to my Dad’s orders, and now live New York’s Hudson Valley. My father, Edwin F. Stein was CO of NSGA China station 1970-1972. I was 11, you guys were 18-22 , so I have different memories, but many many thanks for these postings. There are a few 40 year plus pictures of my family at Camp McCauley that I really treasure.

      Thanks again,

      “JJ” Stein

      October 10, 2015 at 12:20 am

    • BERNARD NORD

      BILL THIS IS BERNY NORD. DO YOU REMEMBER THE DAY NIXON LANDED IN CHINA? YOU HAD ME HOLD THE SECURE LINE TO AIR FORCE ONE READY TO GIVE AN ABORT CODE.

      April 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      • Glenis (Glen) Nelson AKA Radar AKA Frog

        I got a beer bottle thrown at me

        April 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  6. Roland Roy

    Comment from: Roland J. ROY Jr.
    Arrived Jan 64 as CTISN, left Jan 66 a CTI3.Being a linguist I was able to live and love the entire time I was there. Man the girls were the best! Used to drink in club up on the hill before coming down town and drink Taiwan beer to sober up. Again being a linguist I was able to go places where no other CT’s were able to go. Primary job was intercept/transcribe PRC comms. Then I was able to get into reading “grass” and transcribing that. We worked a 1-1-1-56 watch rotation. Highlite was TDY to Vietnam for 3 months AND being able to find Chinese to speak to/with, including Chinese Nungs who were fighting the VC. They bought me beer. Even the Marines tried to buy me beer, thinking I was a HM, had to turn them down though. Watched the 3rd MEF come ashore in Mar 65 to a beach loaded with Vietnamese girls in ao-dais and presenting them with leis. EXCELLENT duty!!! -roy – or as the Chinese called me, “Luo BaiYun”
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: Jan 64 – Jan 66
    Duty Section: Unknown

    July 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  7. Dick Buxton

    Comment from: Dick Buxton
    Thanks so much for this site. It’s nice to have links to the past. The older I get, the more important these become.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1970
    Duty Section: Day lady

    July 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  8. Larry Cauble

    Comment from: Larry Cauble
    Comment: CTI2 at Linkou. Got to Taiwan in Jan 74 after a local out in Hanza, Okinawa. Spent six months as civilian — studying Chinese. In Jun 74, reenlisted for six years for duty in Taiwan. Detached in Jun 75 as the NSGA closed.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1974-75
    Duty Section: Charlie & Days

    July 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

  9. Larry "Skip" Byler

    Comment from: Larry “Skip” Byler
    Comment: I can’t recall my “Duty Section.” I worked a rotating shift 2 – 2 -2 – 80. I pitched for the NSGA fastpitch softball team, playing all of our games downtown at the Signal Compound, behind the PX and movie theater. I lived for a time in the same building as the Dragon Guest House, just outside the gates of the Signal Compound and a short walk from the downtown Lin Kou Club. Many, many great memories. My duty assignment prior to Shu Lin Kou was Adak and Shemya, Alaska. So you can imagine why I would say that at 18 years old, I had died and went to heaven! I have a copy of the Navy Club menu from that time and lot of pictures that I will share later.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1967-69

    July 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

  10. Eugene Kissner

    Comment from: Eugene Kissner
    Arrived in Taipei after two years at NAVCOMMSTA San Miguel, PI. — Like taking a short nap and waking up in heaven.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1965 – 1967
    Duty Section: Day Worker

    July 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

  11. Ronald Bradley

    Comment from: Ronald Bradley
    I was the last CPO ordered into Shu Linkou before closure. I was selected to move the mission to Hanza which we successfully did.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1975-77

    July 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm

  12. Rich Crawford

    Comment from: Rich Crawford
    Best duty station I ever experienced. Went back as a civilian contractor in the late 80’s. Of course, base was closed to me at that time (believe it was then under the control of the Nationalists) but a few sights were still familiar. Pedicabs were pretty much gone from Taipei but the smell was as I remembered it from the 60’s.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1963-1965
    Duty Section: Delta Watch/Operations (long time ago, who knows?)

    July 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    • roland j. roy jr.

      Hi Rich! CTISN/3 Roy here. How well I remember the parties up in Beitou with you and Paul Lake(sic) watching the excellent floor shows. Then the hot sulpher baths. Agree with you, the BEST 2 year duty tour ever! Regards…..roy….

      July 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

  13. Gregory Bischoff

    Comment from: Mr Gregory Edwin Bischoff
    Great time. Wonderful chowhall. Good friends, think of you all frequently.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1967
    Duty Section: charlie

    July 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm

  14. Charles Carter

    Comment from: Charles (Chuck) Carter
    I served with Cmdr McDonald as CO. That was the most sports minded group of sailors I ever had the pleasure of serving with. I remember one day we placed a soft ball game, basketball game, and then I went and bowled with a group of men against the Taiwanese teams. It was my last overseas tour with the SecGru. A memorable time indeed.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: July 1968 – July 1970
    Duty Section: SEACO – Senior Enlisted Asst. to Commanding Officer

    July 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

  15. Paul Humler

    Comment from: Paul E. Humler
    Worked voice shop with Air Force, TAD to 7th Fleet aircraft carriers, MM op with Navy and day worker with Navy.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1956-1958
    Duty Section: Dayworker

    July 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

  16. John Riechers

    Comment from: John P. Riechers
    Admin Chief under CDR M. S. MacNichol. Enjoyed the ride from TenMou to LinKou in chiefs carryall.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1968 – 1970

    July 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

  17. Jim Wilson

    Comment from: Jim Wilson
    Comment: Taipei has changed a lot since I was there from what I see in pictures, would be lost in that city now. I was discharged in early 1967 and began a 40 year career in radio broadcasting. I returned to the Far East for four years and worked for KSBK/JORO radio on Okinawa during the late 60’s early 70’s.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1965-66

    July 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

  18. Jon Spencer

    Comment from: Jon Spencer
    Comment: Stevensville, MI
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 65-66
    Duty Section: Ibrchr

    July 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  19. Sam Walman

    Comment from: Sam Walman
    Comment: Great site.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 70-71
    Duty Section: Bravo

    July 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

  20. Lawrence McCall

    Comment from: Lawrence P. “Mac” McCall
    Worked as transcriber/reader. Also did some TAD’s out of Yoko. Ended up at HSA shore patrol for committing the “Cardinal sin”, (married a local). Retired as RMCM(SW)in ’94.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1967-1970
    Duty Section: Dayworker (linquist)

    July 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

  21. Roland J. Roy, Jr.

    Comment from: Roland “LUO BaiYun” Roland, CT(I) 1964-66
    We were a pretty rowdy bunch of young bucks back then. I’ll mention a few of the other CT’s that were there when I was. CTI1 Pat Anthony, CTI2 Bill “Fireball” Beck, CT2 Jack Roberts, CTR? Paul Lake, CTR? Rich Crawford, Lt. Moore, CTISN Barry March, CTISN Dick Lundburg(sic) and too many I have forgotten. LCDR Norman Klar was our OIC while we were a NSG Detachment (USN-721 or 726), later to become a NSGA (USN-21 or 26). NSGD/A Hakata was the other number.

    Editors Note: LUO BaiYun (Roy White Cloud) has left some stories for us, check them out. NSGA Taipei was designated USN-21 at least according to some TAD orders I still have.

    July 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

  22. Charles Harrelson

    Comment from: Charles Harrelson, First tour: Cmdr McCabe was OIC. He helped Paul Humler and myself carry our bags into the barracks when we arrived. We lived in a Quonset hut. We had outdoor toilets and showers in a different building. During rainy season, some people just bathed under the eaves of the hut. I worked as Master at Arms at the LinKou enlisted club. Cmdr Bruce relieved Cmdr McCabe. As I recall, he gave the Air Force a fit. I spent three years there, extended twice.

    Second tour: I was the OWO for Alpha Section. First in war, first in peace and first on the trick bus going home. A fine bunch of sailors. I was proud to serve with them.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 57-60, 71-73
    Duty Section: 1st tour Days and DIRSUP. 2nd tour Alpha section OWO.

    July 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

  23. David Freeman

    Comment from: David Freeman. When I got to Taiwan I didn’t have any uniforms so was assigned to the Stations July 4th pic nic detail along with the beer and booze and hogs to be baked in a pit. Only bath we took was in the South China Sea clothes and all…………spent the better part of two weeks doing what sailors know how to do best and that aint roasting pigs……….david f
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: 1972-73
    Duty Section: Delta ( I think–slept a few times since then)

    August 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  24. I am Tom Kierstead, was in Taiwan 1970-73, in Delta section for a short time as a P&R puke, then turned into a day-lady. Only person I remember is Fat Gary, but that’s no offense to anyone. Shoot we were all drunk most of the time. Had good times in Taiwan til my then wife came over and ruined it!

    November 4, 2014 at 1:21 am

    • linkounavy

      Tom,
      I remember you. I got there late Feb 1971. I think you became a day-lady shortly after that. I was one of the group that went TAD with Fat Gary to San Miguel. Sorry for the delay in responding. I happen to be in Taipei and I,m limited to using my cell phone for internet.

      November 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  25. Earl Axe

    Radar, thanks for taking over the Web Master job. I loved the time I put into the site and glad to see your carrying on for us. I just now got around to reading the comments here. Sounds like a bunch of new people found there way to the site. Great to hear the stories, even if I wasn’t there at the time. We all had a great duty station and it’s good to see it remembered so fondly. I left in 1972 and have not been back since. Seeing the pictures that Jim and Fifi took really took me back. Oh to only do one more good sked. Did any of you run in our A – Z sked. We took a drink in alphabetical order. If we could not find a club with a certain letter, we had to drink a drink in a different club. Took most of the night. Hopefully we can continue to find guys stationed there we have not heard from. Thanks again Radar!! Axe

    December 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    • I am not checking it as often as I should but I am honored to take care of a site that means os much to a group of people that had a once in a lifetime chance to be at one of the best duty stations in the world.

      April 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  26. Sammy Lane

    Great site. Arrived Taipei Dec. 1968 as CTR1..Supervised Bravo Section until Nov. 1970.
    CTR1 Eddie Lane took over Bravo Section and I worked in office under Chief Turner until departing for Adak, Dec 1970. Great duty..

    January 24, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  27. Thomas (Tom) Bowen

    I really enjoyed reading the comments. I arrived in late 72, coming from San Miguel, TAD to Phu Bai. Left San Miguel April 72, had a stop at Pearl Harbor, for some submarine school. I reenlisted in February 74, switched rate to PN and retired as a PNC in Feb. 90. All the best to you guys and your families.

    March 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm

  28. I got to Linkou in Sept 1970 and left in Jan 1972 – but was sent TAD to San Miguel, Philippines (intentions to go to Phu Bai). In the P.I. Apr-July 1971. I worked the first half as an analyst on the big middle table. I was a traffic analyst in the P.I. and a TA when I got back from the P.I. I did no code in Asia. I went to HFDF school. I spent 3 months in Washington DC because the Navy screwed up and was short Radiomen at the Chief of Naval Material. After that I went into HFDF for about 6 months. I was bored and my roomy (Ray Pena) talked me into going into DIRSUP – I did and I loved it – but after that code was a daily thing. Linkou was fun for a 19 year old,

    April 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm

  29. tom cribbs

    wow just found this site and amazed that my name was mentioned. i am tom cribbs and i was stationed there from early 1969 to summer of 1970. went back to taiwan on leave in 1971 to visit. all that you related about taipei is true and more. outstanding memories.

    June 29, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    • linkounavy

      Tom Cribbs, If you are reading this, some of your old friends are trying to contact you but the email address you gave above is not working. Please update us on a better way to contact you. Thanks.

      July 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      • Glenis (Glen) Nelson AKA Radar AKA Frog

        try glenisnelson@hotmail.com that is RADAR I can post anything to the webpage

        March 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm

  30. Dan Schilling

    This is the Rev here. I had registered on Axe’s site some years ago, but my computer crashed, so here is my current e-mail address. Seems Bravo section is underrepresented here, so I will try to help with that. If I remember almost everybody in Bravo had a nickname. I was going through a box of my old stuff yesterday and came upon some Taiwan items, so I thought I’d do a Lin Kou search again. I will return with some names and dig up some pictures. I even have a short movie or two on Super 8mm(have to translate it to digital first, I guess)
    A few years back I had located Popeye and Red Header and spoke with them on the phone. That was great. Ok…I’ll be back.
    Years Served at Shu Linkou: Sept 1971 to Dec 1972
    Duty Section: Bravo

    August 29, 2015 at 10:32 pm

  31. Bill Hannas

    Bill Hannas, Jul 67 – May 70, “R” brancher turned “crypie”. Then again Aug 78-Aug 79, May 80-May 83 as alleged scholar and PhD student (in no hurry to finish!). Half a dozen shorter official visits thereafter–anyone reading this can figure it out.

    So happy this important website is still alive. It all began here.

    September 9, 2015 at 10:59 pm

  32. Dick Buxton.

    The unidentified guy in the Linkou personnel collection is an O Brancher named Willie Balash. He and I were Day Ladies.

    February 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

  33. Anyone know Glenn Crawford? He lives in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He worked here from December 7, 1967 to February 9, 1969. I’m trying to reach him. He made up an e-mail address.

    Terry W. Colvin
    ( a few miles south of Hua Hin, Thailand )

    March 23, 2016 at 2:33 am

    • Glenis (Glen) Nelson AKA Radar AKA Frog

      I worked for a Senior Chief Crawford in Taiwan. He passed a few years ago.

      March 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  34. Paul Lipinski "Ski"

    anyone remember a plane crash . it was a flight returning to tawain from Hong Kong. Had some Navy wives on it. We were all sitting in the EM club and felt a huge thud. Someone came running in and said a plane had crashed into the mountain down the road. We all jumped up and ran outside. I r ember riding to the site on the back of the base fire engine. Was not a pretty sight. One of our guys wife was on it. She survived. Prob there 67 to 68. Came over from San MIguel after after TAD on USS Wainwright and USS Mahan off Nam.

    May 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    • Glenis (Glen) Nelson AKA Radar AKA Frog

      I heard about it in Pensacola from a guy that was there when it happened. The plane thought the lights of LinKou were the running lights were the landing strip. He said they picked up body parts for a few days. He said he remembered picking up a boot. When he got it up he realized it had a foot in it. I don’t remember his name just parts of the story.

      March 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

  35. Ron Crowley

    Glad us Navy guys have been included in the roster at Shulinkou Air Station (6987th Radio Squadron Mobile). My hitch at the best duty station of my naval career was from January 1959 to December 1960. I was a CT(R)2 linguist working the eve-day-mid shifts. Our C,O, was CDR Brus who was relieved by CDR Duberg. My supervisor was CTC Jim Gerrity. Other shipmates were: CT1 Lemuel Morgan; Howie Clarke; Frank Collins; Harry Wong; Eric Page. Married a sweet girl from Xinzhu 56 years ago and still going strong. Would love to hear from anyone regardless of military branch who served here during the ’59-’60 time frame.

    June 4, 2016 at 9:58 am

  36. Paul E Humler

    One name missing from roster is CT2 Norville “Spike” Crowder, Chinese Ling, R Branch, T/A, Dirsup 56-58. Now deceased.

    March 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

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