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This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Before The Naval Hospital, Taipei Taiwan

So you are stationed in Taipei during the 1950s and early 1960s. Where did you go if you were sick or injured?


Photo courtesy of William Dawson




For those of us who were around the Taipei area during the Vietnam War, the thought of not having the Naval Hospital around never occurred.  

Built in the Tien Mou area in the mid-1960s, the facility was first rate and really took good care of not only men and women in the service, but also their dependents. 

An e-mail from William Dawson, who was the son of David and Jean Dawson, brought up an interesting take on primary health care for Americans in Taiwan after WW II and during the Korean War.  

William and his family lived near Grass Mountain, but not in BOT housing.  He became ill in 1960 and spent a couple of nights in the Grass Mountain Clinic shown above.  

His memory puts the clinic on the east side of the main drag near the movie theater and bowling alley.  If anyone out there remembers this clinic, please let us know.  

In case of a serious injury, illness and maternity needs, the folks around Taipei had MacKay Memorial Hospital to depend upon.  Still functioning, the location still remains in Section 2, Chung Shan North Road, Taipei.

19 comments:

  1. The Navy Hospital was in Tienmu when I arrived in late 1962. Somebody told me that the hospital in Tienmu was opened sometime in 1961. There was a Navy bus that run from the HSA west compound to the hospital quite often.

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  2. FYI. Groundbreaking Ceremony of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Taipei, July 25, 1960.

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  3. You mention MacKay Hospital. A few weeks ago I had entered the Starbucks coffee shop on the corner of Chung Shan and Minquan Roads, which is the NE corner of that intersection. That store is housed in a very small triangle building. Just about all of the seating is upstairs on the 2d floor. As I was walking up the stairway, my shoe caught on the outcrop of a step, I lost my balance and fell onto the stairs. I mashed the palm of my hand into the metal which covered the edge of the stair. I got up, and walked to a table on the 2d floor. A few minutes later, as I talked with a friend visiting Taiwan from the US, I mentioned to him that I was feeling and hearing a "clicking" noise in my wrist, the hand that I had landed on when falling on the stairs. My friend went downstairs and talked with the management. The manager sent two employees, my friend and I to MacKay Hospital Emergency room in a taxi. I went through the paper-work drill, into a room to see a physician who spoke English, then had a number of X-rays taken of my wrist and hand. A few minutes later, back to the the ER Physician and find out nothing broken. They gave me some pain medication and I was out the door. Starbucks paid for everything in cash, I believe it was less than US $30.00. A new experience for me, never visited MacKay Hospital during my Taipei tour, 65-68. I do remember going to the new Navy Hospital in Tienmu when I out processed from Taipei Air Station. During my many visits to Taipei, I have used two hospitals for my regular doctor's visits, National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital, which is close to the Presidential Palace and the Central Hospital. The cost of my last visit to see a doctor at NTU was NT $1293, about US $42.80, which includes a slew of lab tests, the Physician Fee. That was the full cost of every thing, I don't have any Insurance here.

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  4. Thank you, Gentlemen.... It is always a pleasure to receive specific information on any of my posts. It looks as though Mr. Dawson was sick about a year too early! John

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  5. that pic is the clinic that was on Grass Mtn.

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  7. Great contribution by William Dawson! From previous research of Jenny Lee and Alliance to save and restore what's left of this historic area, the clinic was in Section D (of Yangmingshan US Military Housing area), west of and across the mountain road from Section H-2 (where bowling alley, mini-NEX/PX, Smiley's Grille and Snack Bar complex, AFNT, and Grass Mountain movie theater were located). I tried using Google Earth (street view) to match the mountains in the background, but tall buildings and mountain haze are in the way (Section D has been completely redeveloped). I believe William's photo is viewing east northeast from this area. I'll send in a photo to indicate general outlay and specific location.

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  8. Does anyone know the name of the naval hospital in Tien Mu? I am filling out my clearance renewal paperwork and its asking for the name of the us base I was born in.

    Thank you,

    Mike Bussius

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  9. Mike, The official name as described in the literature was United States Naval Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
    Hope this helps. John

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  10. I was born in TBC station hospital, Taipei, Taiwan in 1961 to Air Force parents. Does anyone know if this location still exist?

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  11. There was a MAAG/USTDC hospital (clinic) in the West Compound. The US Naval Hospital in the suburb of Tien Mou opened in 1961. All American facilities no longer stand.

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  12. Thanks for the reply. looking for my parents and was in hopes of finding info on them. Dad was in Air Force and the National records center has no info on him as they say were distroyed by 1973 fire.
    Still in search as was me and brother was abandoned in 1965.

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  13. Send me an email with your full names and story. I have 2 friends who have contacts. John

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  14. Did you get my e-mail and message on your blog from the above message?

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  15. I am not sure who you are because we have 3 people trying to find their parents. If you are Tom, your description and e-mail have been passed on to a friend who does this for the children of many servicemen in a situation like yours. We have had luck, but we are old guys and will do our best. John

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  16. Yes. That was me. understand. Awaiting your guys responds. Many thanks.

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  17. I was attached to the Naval Hospital in Tien Mou from Jan 1973 until December 1974. I had a good friend, Dave Mason (aka Mouse) who was a communications specialist assigned to the USASTRATCOM. I have lost contact with him. Should he or others who might know him, please contact me. Mike; mkoevenig
    @charter.net.

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  18. I was station in Tainan, Taiwan 70-72 with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. My daughter was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital Taipei. There also was a clinic at Tainan Airbase.

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    1. I too was born at the Naval Hospital Taipei. I was born in 1972.

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