LTC Ellinger verified that the area circled in red was the Grass Mountain facility as it appeared in the satellite photo. The back road was certainly more serpentine as it began its descent down ZhongYong Road.
Same picture as before, but with surrounding roads shown
Any doubts about whether this was the old site were erased when viewing this picture. There is a wall instead of a fence, but this is the Grass Mountain duty station.
Here's a shot looking out at the front gate in 1969.
Gary Roske, my only direct contact from our Stratcom days in Taiwan, sent this one. His wife, Amy, was recently in Taiwan and took this picture of the front gate entrance from the road overlooking the Grass Mountain complex. Click to enlarge and see a very different entrance from the previous photo.
The Chinese guards' barracks were not visible from the road back then due to the abundant vegetation. Another story may have been added, or the entire building might be new.
|Showing the present road is the line which begins at JingShan Road.|
The road to the back gate hasn't changed much in its path. It is now paved all the way down and is extremely narrow.
This view of the Yangmingshan community was taken from the back road. The Chinese Culture College can be seen far in the distance.
Notice the narrow road winding its way down to an American housing area.
Here is a similar view as the previous picture. This one, however, scans a little south, picking up some more housing areas.
Further down the back road was a stone quarry. The condition of this road is very visible.