The 1971 Northern Taiwan Map above (far left) shows Linkou (upper left of map) a few miles northwest of Taipei. The Tamshui River is shown north of Linkou. Hou Keng was located on the coast about six miles north of Linkou. The 2007 "Google Earth" satellite image above (far right) shows the location of Shulinkou Air Station, the Hou Keng installation ("Jui-Shu" on map), Linkou village, old Linkou road, Taipei (lower right), Kuan Yin Mountain (elev. 2000 ft.), Tamshui River (upper right), and the South China Sea coastline.
November 1970 shot of Shuinkou's Main Gate, Security Police truck, and Headquarters, the location of the base commander's office. The Bachelor Officers' Quarters (BOQ) is on the far left and the Officers' Club is behind Headquarters at the parked car on the far right.
Colonel William J. Barnes' (photo on left) was base commander from June 27, 1969 to June 27, 1971. With the Dawgs being "Dawgs" several got to know Colonel Barnes "quite well". Colonel O. D. Graham (photo on right) replaced Colonel Barnes as base commander from June 28, 1971 to June 19, 1973, after Colonel Barnes departed for Kelly AFB, Texas. Colonel Donald E. Weaver replaced Colonel Graham as base commander from June 20, 1973 to Sept 1974. Colonel Weaver was previously stationed at Linkou in 1957 as a captain.
(Left Photo-Click to Enlarge) June 22, 1970 shot of Colonel William Barnes tossing the first ball to kick off the 1970 softball season on the Hill. Colonel Barnes was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross flying as lead B-24 pilot on 27 combat missions over Europe during WWII.
(Right Photo) Col O.D. Graham, Base Commander, presenting a 1971 softball league championship trophy to Tom Lippert (Dawg Flight 70-72).
November 1970 shot of Linkou's modern three-story air conditioned 210-man dormitories with 24 three-man rooms per floor. Completed and occupied in early 1966 (construction started in 1964) the new dormitories replaced the old corrugated metal open-bay barracks on base.
Note: For 1964-1966 dormitory construction photos: (Click Here) Shu Linkou Air Station: 1960-1969.
The first building on the left housed the WAFs on the second floor, with support personnel and "Day Ladies" on the first and third floors. The first floor was also utilized for temporary quarters. The third building housed NCOs (E-6 and above), Able Flight, and Army (ASA) on the first, second, and third floors respectively.
Dawg Flight's barracks were on the second floor of the second building (most Dawgs "unofficially" resided in Taipei) with Baker and Charlie flights on the first and third floors. The Dawgs typically got ready for work while blasting "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" throughout their floor with stereos cranked to the max. Too bad for Baker Flight racked-out below...
Two friendly Taiwanese houseboys, "Jack" and "Gus" (...both loved garlic), cleaned the Dawg Flight barracks and our rooms, made the beds, changed the sheets, washed and folded our clothes, dropped-off and picked-up our uniforms at the base cleaners, and shined our shoes...all for only about $2.50 a month per airman (paid to the base), plus a couple cans of pipe tobacco and a bottle or two of toilet water for their wives from the BX for the "Panyos", as a well earned tip for their personalized services.
(Right Photo-Click to Enlarge) 1972 shot of the Army (ASA) and Navy (NSG) barracks on the right located across the street from the NCO/Able Flight/Day Lady barracks (far left) and the base tennis courts (far left background). The Linkou Power Plant is off to the right behind the fence.
(Left Photo-Click to Enlarge) Summer 1972 shot of Charlie Flight's houseboy. On the wall are 1971 and 1972 Playboy Playmate centerfolds, and a "1971 Map of Taiwan" (same 1971 map as posted above-at top of this page).
November 1970 shot of the Operations Center and Compound where we pulled our three watches each of swings, mids, and days before a two and a half day "Big Break". We entered the highly secure Operations Compound through the Guard Shack, where we were issued green photo ID security badges by an Air Force Security Policeman to enter the windowless Ops Building. Each flight on duty also maintained a sabotage alert team with M16 rifles at the ready to prevent any attempted unauthorized infiltration into the Ops Center.
Note: For 1962-1964 construction photos of the concrete Operations Center building: (Click Here) Shu Linkou Air Station: 1960-1969.
(1.-above) Rare May 1969 official Air Force photo of Dawg Flight 292X1s ("ditty bops") working a day-watch in one of the two "X1" aisles (or "Blocks") in the Ops Center. The other X1 aisle (block) is off to the left. The "202" section (next photo) is just off to the right. Shown on the left side of the aisle are (L-R): Rick Muller (68-70), Uidentified, Bill Martin (69-70), John Savino (69-70), vacant rack (Phil Anderson (69-70), Mike Hine (69-70), U/I (glasses), U/I, Larry Briske (69-70, glasses), and several Army (ASA) operators visible in the background at the end of the aisle. Dawg Flight NCOICs & Commanders 1969-1973
Dawg Flight Block Controllers & S&W Supervisors 1969-1973
Dennis Kuroda (68-70), "Chick" Dovie (sp?, 69-70), Floyd "Butch" Kester (69-71), and Steve Murphy (69-70, 71-73) worked at racks on the right side of the aisle, which are just off to the right of the photo. Fred Kirschstein (69-71) worked at a rack located at the side table and typewriter on the far right. The Navy (NSG) section was located in another area of the Ops Center, accessible by NSG personnel only.
(Right Photo) 1970 shot of Dawg Flight's (R-L) SMSgt Loyd "Gus" Harris (NCOIC & Mission Supervisor, 1969-71), Dave Rauh (69-71) and Ken Larson (69-72) holding 1970 softball league championship trophies.
(2.) May 1969 photo of the Dawg Flight "202" (analysts) section during a day-watch at 1500 hours (clock-far left). The X1 aisle shown in the previous photo is partially visible on the far left. The Dawg 202s on the left are (L-R): Bill Bonar (68-70, sitting at ID Desk), Pete Conroy (69-70, smoking), Bob "Dorf" Ellendorf (69-70, behind Pete), and Ron Mundwiller (68-70, glasses). Several Army (ASA) analysts are in the left background. The 202s on the right are unidentified. SMSgt. Loyd "Gus" Harris, NCOIC & Mission Controller (69-71) (photo on right), and Lt. Ron Polomsky (68-69), Flight Commander at the time of the photo, also worked in this section. (2nd Lt. John "Bob" Jones (69-71), fresh out the AF Academy, replaced Lt. Polomsky as Dawg Flight Commander the next month in June 1969.)
(3.) May 1969 photo of unidentified Dawg Flight "203s" (linguists) during a day-watch in their darkened section located behind the X1 Blocks.
(4.) August 1971 shot of a section of the Day Shop, which was located in a separate area of the Operations Center.
Dawg Flight NCOICs & Commanders 1969-1973
Dawg Flight Block Controllers & S&W Supervisors 1969-1973
Dawg Flight Block Controllers & S&W Supervisors 1969-1973
Army Security Agency (ASA) at Shulinkou Air Station
Charles "Ed" Whiteaker (ASA, 10 Oct 70 to 29 Dec 71):   "...Coming to Taiwan from Vietnam, the accomodations were absolutely plush with nice thick mattresses and black out panels so we could sleep during the day. The chow was the best ever. I remember the first time I walked into the enlisted mess hall, with the fountain and all, I thought I had made a mistake and had walked into the officers' mess.
I arrived on October 10, 1970 (42 years ago today!). It was "Double Ten Day" and everything was shut down for a couple days which gave me a break before going to work. My MOS was 05HC, morse code intercept operator. We worked swings shifts. We had about 12 intercept positions [located at the end of both aisles in the Ops Center] plus the DF guy. I left on December 29, 1971. I remember a lady Air Force lieutenant that we called "Lieutenant Jane". We enjoyed being rowdy when she was around our area in the ops building. Our trick leader was SSgt. Smart (US Army)...we had lots of fun giving him a hard time about his surname." [10 Oct 12]
1.) "SSgt" Lentz...the very first Dawg "UFO" ("Under Four Only") staff sergeant in his barracks room after working a day watch in November 1970. The photo above was sneaked by THE PHANTOM as the newly promoted "Sarge" was contemplating another four wonderful years in the Air Force...he "retired" to civilian life four "short" months later.
2.) 1970 shot of Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (MI) in his Dawg Flight barracks room. Dave's Teac reel-to-reel tape deck is on his dresser on the left.
3.) Ray "Chocolato" Badolato (LA), Dave "Doink'" Vandierdonck's roommate, in his barracks room in 1970.
4.) The air-conditioned three-man barracks rooms on the Hill were very comfortable. This 1970 shot of Mike Hine's (CT) barracks room shows the sliding wooden panels (upper right) that covered the room's windows when closed to darken the room for sleeping during daylight hours while working mids. Note the Beatles poster, component stereo system, and headsets (far left) on the dresser for use with an R-390 Radio in the Operations Center.
1.) 1972 shot of Paul "Pope" Schultz (MI) on his bunk and Charles "Chuck" DeCarlo (NV) in the Dawg Flight barracks. The barracks central stairwell to Charlie Flight upstairs and Baker Flight downstairs is visible through the doorway. "Pope" Paul's Dawg "D" Flight jacket is hanging behind the door (far left).
2.) Paul Schultz in his Dawg Flight barracks room (1972) and Charles "Chuck" DeCarlo in the doorway (far left). Chuck DeCarlo's room was right across the hall from Paul's.
3.) Air Force regs strictly prohibited drinking in the barracks. Shown drinking in the Dawg Flight barracks in 1971/72 are: (from left) Unidentified, Kevin "Jeep" Coyle (MA), Mike "Indian" Romines (KS), Bill "Young'un" Meyer (MN), and Unidentified.
4.) 1972 shot of Ray "Buddy Ray" Tallman (KY) in his barracks room reading the best-seller "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" while listening to "Three Dawg Night" through his Pioneer CS-77a speakers, Dual 1219 turntable, and Sansui 5000a amp purchased at the BX.
5.) John "Egghead" Hall and Phil "Vogeletti" Vogel on the Hill 1971. Chuck "Sugar Bear" Castillo: " This was taken shortly before Hall shot Vogel in the neck outside the ABC Bar with a Roman Candle. Egghead, you Moste..l!!"
1.) April 1970 shot of several Dawgs in the bleachers at the Linkou Softball Field (Gymnasium in background) prior to softball practice. (FRONT ROW-from left) Bob "Dorf" Ellendorf (NY), John Savino (CT)   (SECOND ROW) Bill "OJ" Simpson (IL), Larry Reuben (NJ)   (THIRD ROW) Tom "Jorgy" Jorgensen (OR), Sam Dairyko (SC), Dick Ferretti (NJ)   (FOURTH ROW) Dale Wollen (SD), Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (MI), and Ken "Cool Hand" Larsen (WA)   (TOP ROW) John "JB" Davis (MD), Curt Dunn (FL), and Rick "Pancho" Sanchez (TX).
2.) 1970 shot of Dawg Flight returning from "running town" after a three day break. Walking from the Bus Stop are: (from left) Ray "Rudy" Sorensen (CA), Dick "Little Window" Ferretti (NJ), and Lee "Rhee" Higgins (ME)...limping after another nasty tumble down the San Francisco Club stairs. Shown are the Linkou Club (lower-left corner), Bldg 121-Dispensary (left), Personnel Office (right), and Swimming Pool (background).
3.) Steve "Pig Body" Swallom is hustling toward Dawg Flight's barracks (next stairway on right, second floor) for a quick change into his fatigues and then off to work a "swing" for some well deserved "R & R". On Steve's right (far right of photo) is the WAF and Transient barracks. The Base Exchange (BX) is on his left. The Army (ASA) and Navy (NSG) barracks are straight ahead in the background. (1970 photo)
4.) 1970 shot of the buildings that house the base Cleaners, Tailors, and Barber Shop (left-bldg no. 238) and the BX (right). The Army/Navy barracks are visible in the background. The Air Force barracks shown in the previous photo are just off the right behind the BX.
1.) (L-R) Dawgs Lee Higgins, Tom Chandler, John "JB" Davis, Paul Schultz, Nelson Carpenter, and Ray Badolato tour the base in 1970 and discover the Electronic Hobby Shop...along with the Theater, Bowling Alley, Swimming Pool, and Library...! Looking east toward the Main Gate are the large Supply Warehouse (left), Vehicle Maintenance (center) and Motor Pool, and Fire Department (beyond the trees) with a fire truck visible in the distance. Located just ahead of the group on the right was the "exclusive" Top-Five Lounge for E-5s and above.
2.) 1970 shot of the group walking toward the back side of the base from the Chow Hall with the Orderly Room on their right and maintenance buildings in the background. The Operations Center is off to the left.
3.) The Dawgs are on Linkou Road just outside the Main Gate (off to the right of the photo) and are ready to roll on bikes checked-out from Special Services. The buildings on base shown in the background are (from the left): the Chapel (far left), Dispensary (left-behind trees), Linkou Club (center), Linkou Club office building (center), Motor Pool (right), Fire Station (far right-behind theater) and Theater (far right).
4.) Their destination was the Linkou International Golf and Country Club located six-miles from base near the 6987th Hou Keng site (see photos below). Shown above is the golf course clubhouse in 1970.
1.) This was their destination...the clubhouse at the 18-hole Linkou International Golf and Country Club. Nelson "Shaky" Carpenter (foreground) is taking a photo of John "JB" Davis, Lee "Rhee" Higgins, and Tom Chandler on the upper deck (upper left). (1970 photo)
2.) On the clubhouse upper deck are (from left) John "JB" Davis (MD), Lee "Rhee" Higgins (ME), and Tom Chandler (PA). Steve "PB" Swallom (KY) is in the chair behind Chandler. (1970 photo)
3.) After a "grueling" six-mile ride to the golf course a cold "pop" was in order. (From the left) Ray "Ratso" Badaloto (sitting-plaid shirt), Lee "Rhee" Higgins (standing), Tom Chandler (blue), John "JB" Davis, "Pope" Paul Schultz, Nelson "Shaky" Carpenter. (1970 photo)
4.) (From left) Badolata, Higgins, Chandler, Davis, Carpenter, and Steve Swallom (light blue shirt). (1970 photo)
5.) 1971 shot of Dawg George "Sergio" Raseta on the links at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club. George was joined on the course that day with the group of Dawgs shown below in front of the Linkou Club.
(Right Images-Click to Enlarge) Linkou International Golf and Country Club score card stamped "Mar 1966". The golf course first opened in 1965.
(Top Row Above) 1970 photos of the Hou Keng site overlooking the Taiwan Strait, which is visible in the background. Ten Mobile operations vans (right) were attached to the wooden operations hub at Hou Keng in 1970.
(Bottom Row Above) Ca. 1965 aerial photos of the Hou Keng installation located on Taiwan's northwestern coast about six miles from Shulinkou (map on right). Shown are antennas, white ELINT bubble, and central operations hub with eight mobile operations vans attached. (The Taiwan Strait is visible at the top of the first photo.)
(Left Photo-Click to Enlarge) Operators inside mobile operations vans.   (Right Photo) Circa 1974 map showing Hou Keng and Linkou Air Station. The black line on the map is the new North-South Freeway.
(Left Photo-Click to Enlarge) 1956 shot of Frank Fredo (1956-58), 253rd ASA Det., on guard duty manning a .50 cal. machine gun at the future location of the Hou Keng installation shown above. The gun emplacement overlooked the Taiwan Strait and beaches below where Chicom invaders were expected to land during the Quemoy and Taiwan Strait conflicts during the 1950s. Photo by Frank Fredo.
(Right Photo-Click to Enlarge) Paul Birden (Charlie Flt 203: 1969-70) outside the National Palace Museum with Louise (right), Linkou Club waitress (see photos below), and her "chaperone". Paul worked at Hou Keng and sums up his experience working there..."It was more of a sentence than an assignment." Hou Keng was known for its poisonous and non-poisonous nocturnal snakes and Paul encountered and captured a non-poisonous snake after exiting the outhouse on a mid. Steve Perrine (Dawg Flt 203: 1970-71) was bitten by a non-poisonous snake during a mid. Photo by Paul Birden.
The Linkou NCO Club on the "Hill" was a great place for eating, drinking, and "kicking out the jamps" to the 1970 sounds of "Nick's Orchestra" or "The Ritmos" at the Wednesday night "mixers" (...aka "H_g Call") with all the "saujays" bused up from Taipei and Lee "Rhee" Higgins dancing his trademark "Funky Chicken".
There was dancing at the "Main Club" on the "Hill" three weekday nights a week in 1970. The Linkou Club (Annex) in Taipei had dancing nightly including weekends. Monthly dues were $1.00 and included both clubs and a monthly membership night. Afternoon "Happy Hour" meant 10 cent mixed drinks and beer ("pejyou") often followed by tequila shooters and Mateus Rosť.
(Photo on Left-Click to Enlarge) July 12, 1970 shot of the Linkou Club on the Hill. The club's administrative office and storage facility is visible on the far right (behind blue VW van). The Dispensary is just off to the left of the photo. Photo by Swallom
(Photo on Right) June 1971 shot of Dawgs in front of the Linkou Club prior to heading to the Linkou International Golf and Country Club (see photos above) for 18-holes of golf. (L-R) Ray "Chocolato" Badolato, Brian "Baloney" Brady, Bill "OJ" Simpson (no.19), George "Sergio" Raseta (rear), Tom Chandler, Glenn "Jimus" Shanks, Unidentified (striped shirt), and Robert Louis Stevenson III (203-far right). Photo by J. Parker
(1.) Linkou Club waitress Louise during the 1969 or 1970 Christmas holidays on the Hill. On the far right is the club's main dining room. The decorated kitchen door is on her left and the service window was around the corner to the left. (Photo by Mike Hine, SLK: 1968 to Dec. 1970)
(2.) The Ritmos rock band performing on the bandstand in the main dining room at the club on base in 1969/70. The small dance floor was in front of the bandstand.
(3.) July 12, 1970 shot of Nick's (Valdivia) Orchestra (Lucy was the lead singer) and entertainers (Photo on Left-Click to Enlarge) performing as part of the Linkou base picnic festivities (see photos below). USO Shows from the states and international entertainers from Australia, Philippines and Asia performed at both Linkou clubs.
(4.) The Slot Machine room that was to the left as you entered the club on the Hill and walked past the cashier's window. (1969/70 photo)
(5.) 1970 photo taken inside the dining room of the Linkou Club on the Hill. Two unidentified WAFs are joined at the table in the foreground by several Navy (NSG) "Squids". The shot was taken from the dance floor located in front of the small bandstand (see previous photos) looking to the right rear corner of the dining room. The kitchen's service window is shown along the back wall. A TV is (top of photo) hanging on the wall right above the service window. The bar and bartender are visible just to the left of the service window.
1.) Dawgs Bob "Dorf" Ellendorf (left), and John Savino (plaid shirt) enjoying some free beverages outside the Linkou Club at the July 4th, 1969 Linkou picnic. Others unidentified .
2.) The annual Linkou base picnic, July 4, 1969. Food is being served on the street across from the Theater (far right). The Linkou Club's administrative office and storage facility is in the background (bldg. 108 on base map at top of page). The Linkou Club was located next door, and is just off to the left of the photo.
3.) 4th of July 1969 shot of Nick's Orchestra led by bandleader, Nick Valdivia, performing on stage as part of the July 1969 picnic festivities on base.
4.) "The Toys" perform their 1965 hit song "A Lovers Concerto" on stage at the Linkou Club on the Hill as part of the the base picnic festivities at 8:20 PM on July 4th, 1969 (clock on wall-far left). Nick's Orchestra is playing on stage behind the singers.
5.) Caribou rides on base were available for everyone at the base picnic in 1969 and 1970 (July 1969 photo). The Dragon Inn Dining Hall is in the upper right (large windows) with its side entrance on the left. The building in the upper center across the sidewalk from the Dragon Inn's side entrance housed the base Snack Bar, located on the lower end of the building, and the Mail Room on the upper end. The building on the far left housed the Bank of America, located on the upper end the building, and the USAFSS Credit Union office on the lower end (off to the left of the photo).
(1. and 2.) July 12, 1970 shot of the Theater, located on the corner of the base's main street and Lantern Loop. Playing was the 1968 movie "Dayton's Devils" (poster on left and visible in photo to the left of the entrance). Dawg Flight would occasionally catch a midnight flick at the Theater after a swing shift before heading downtown. Popular movies in 1970/71 included "Easy Rider", "Woodstock", "Mash", and "Kelly's Heroes". Linkou Lanes Bowling Alley next door (photo below) is just off to the right of the photo.
(3.) 1966 view from the Linkou Bus Stop looking east toward the Main Gate. (L-R) Motor Pool (far left), Fire Dept., Theater (behind fire truck), and Headquarters (at flags).
(4.) Shulinkou Fire Department 1970. The Motor Pool is the building on the far left.
(Left Photo) The April 1970 movie schedule for Shulinkou, East-West Compound,
and Tien Mou from the April 17th, 1970 "Shu Lin Kou Devil Dog" base newspaper.
(Right Photo) July 1969 movie schedule for Taiwan, Guam, and Okinawa theaters from
the Wednesday, July 16th, 1969 edition of the Pacific "Stars and Stripes" newspaper.
(Click on Images to Enlarge) Images provided by S. Murphy (left) and Lentz
1.) May 1969 shot of "Linkou Lanes" Bowling Alley located next to the Theater on "Lantern Loop". The Theater is visible on the far left and the Fire Department is in the far left background right behind the Theater. The Bachelor Officers' Quarters (BOQ) were right across the street, "Lantern Loop", from the Bowling Alley's front entrance.
2.) 1968 interior shot of the air conditioned Linkou Lanes Bowling Alley that had six lanes and a refreshment and snack bar. Beers and lanes were 10 cents each.
Note: "Linkou Lanes" was occasionally utilized by Dawg Flight's "After-Swings Bowling League"...not to be confused with another small but "notable" group of Dawgs...the Linkou Club's "After-Mids Drinking League" ..."Ike", "Woody", "Elephantman", and "Bush"...
3.) Jim "LT" Hansen's "Beggars + One" team bowling shirt from Dawg Flight's Fall 1972 "After-Swings Bowling League". The "Plus (+) One" team member was Airman L. Prendable the first WAF on Dawg Flight and the only "U.F.O." ("Under-Four-Only") bowler on the team.
Dawg Flight hailed these small "Huey Long" taxis (1966 YLN Datsun Bluebird pictured)
waiting just outside the Linkou main gate for a fast 20 minute ride to Taipei after work.
"Panyo...Taipei...40NT...you pay bridge (5NT)...Kuai De-Kuai De (hurry-up)...!!!
Hi Jin Ju Le Bu (Linkou Club)...Yi Zhi tzo (straight ahead)...Tso Bian (left)...
Yo Bian (right)...Man (slow down)...Ting (stop)...!!!"
Taxi meter rates in Taipei were NT$6 (15 cents, USD) for the first two thirds
of a mile and NT$2.50 (6 cents, USD) for each additional one-third of a mile.
(1968 photo by T. Gross)