Gary Roske, who worked Tech Control at Grass and Gold Mountains contributed them. They are in the 1969-70 time frame.
The first picture is the classroom and office building along with what I think is the sewage plant in the background.*
About 1/2 mile up a steep, narrow road, the site was carved from the side of a mountain. Looking at the background, you can appreciate the beauty of the area.
The equipment we had was state of the art. Built like a fortress, the main building housed the punched paper tape relay, tech control and NARC (Non-Automatic Relay Center), and teletype repair.
There were offices throughout the place, but most of us only saw a few rooms based on the need to know.
So, in early June of 1968, 16 of us became USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion members. We had a home for the next 15 months, at least.
*Since this was first posted, Dan Tsuhako, who was with Carrier Microwave in Taipei from 1967-1970, identified this building as the power plant. So, now the question is what happened to the sewage?
Upon entering the main building, we were given our ID tag by the MP. We then went to our work stations.
We at DCS major tape relay were at the extreme back end of the building. We served all the Air Force locations on the island.
A large glass wall separated us from Tech Control. Further up the hall was NARC which used punched cards to send and receive messages.
All of these pictures were taken about 06:00, Taipei time. I witnessed the MP from our building and a Chinese Army guard from his barracks appear at the same time for the raising of the flags.
They saluted each other, then ran their respective country's flag up the pole. They each secured the rope, saluted each other again, and the day officially began.
|Photo by, and courtesy of, Gary Roske|
The day shift at Grass Mountain always filled the main parking lot with cars jockeying for a good parking spot.
Some vehicles parked at the side would be waiting for a soldier when the shift ended.
You are looking at the first floor mess hall. The rest of the building consisted of the barracks on the first and second floors.
Most of us began living here after processing in. Later, many of us found other quarters. The barracks was a cheap place to live if you didn't mind the noise, bad beds and lack of privacy.
There was a mail room next to the mess hall. The detached day room, in the background, had a pool table, sports gear storage area and a barber shop.
The mess honcho was on a budget and he worked it to his liking. No matter what brand of beer we ordered on our off hours, all that he ever seemed to have was Lucky Lager. Two of the waiters were Jones and Snuffy.
For the Chinese Army guards, this was good duty. Their barracks building was down the hill behind the classroom/TTY repair building.
After midnight, they had the Day Room to themselves. There, they were able to hone their pool playing skills.
This is a literal cut and paste of the entire site. On the far right is the main entrance gate, guarded by ROC soldiers.
Directly down the hill from the tennis court was the water plant. Notice the tower which was pointed directly at 7-Star. The back entrance is at the extreme left of this panorama.