1.) McCauley Beach (Camp McCauley), one of the most beautiful beach resorts in the orient, offered excellent swimming and some surfing. Those of us stationed at Shulinkou AS were fortunate to have such a great beach within easy access.
McCauley Beach was approximately one hour driving time from Taipei and was maintained and operated by the HSA Special Services. It had beach pavilions, cabanas and chairs, picnic facilities, snack bar, mini-retail store, surfboard rental and instruction, and 30 cabins for rent for $3 to $7 a night.
2.) Dave Rauh (left) and John Savino.
1.) Dawg Flight reacting to the ice cubes being taken from the trash cans containing our beer. Steve Perrine (CA) buried himself up to his armpits in the sand while "Doink", "Rhee" and others took advantage of his predicament by cooling him down with some ice. Ken "Cool Hand" Larson (WA) was preoccupied.
2.) A close-up of the same photo shows (L-R) Lee "Rhee" Higgins (ME-back to camera), Greg "HT" Todd (WA), Steve "Pig-body" Swallom (KY), Dave "Hondo" Rauh (MA), Jimmy Briggs (AL), and other members of Dawg Flight having a good time at McCauley Beach with plenty of beer being cooled down, but not fast enough.
1.) Four Dawgs caught relaxing at a 1970 McCauley Pig Roast: Dave "Hondo" Rauh, Glenn "Jimus" Shanks, Bill Gordy, Mike Perhach and George "Sergio" Raseta.
2.) Fred "Sgt K" Kirschstein (OK) expounding on his great abilities as an X1 which always fell on deaf ears. Fred is seen wearing a Pakistan Army shirt, not to be confused with the three stripes he wore as a Buck Sgt. (E-4) on his US Air Force uniform.
1.) Dick "LW" Ferretti (NJ), "Nice" AL Brewer (GA), John "JB" Davis (MD), Lee "Rhee" Higgins (ME), Bill "Marty" Martin (MD), and Al Luczyk (OH) - all of Dawg Flight getting ready to depart McCauley Beach for Linkou. Most likely, they were really departing for Taipei.
2.) "Hey OJ and Crazy Russ..!?!" yells Savino "Isn't that THE PHANTOM... over there with his camera taking our picture???" "Naw...!" says OJ "He wouldn't take our picture standing by this open benjo!" "That's right!" claims Crazy Russ "He's not that ruthless."
In a line at the pitstop are (from left): Bill "OJ" Simpson (IL), Russ "Crazy Russ" Hanegan (IL), John Savino (CT), and Steve Perrine (CA). The bus hadn't even traveled a half-mile down the road after leaving the UFO party before having to stop for these Dawgs!
1.) (L-R) (Foreground): Bob Gravenstuk (hat), Bob Koenig, Mike Keogh (standing). (Center): Joel "Robbie" Robinson (yellow shirt with peace medallion), Phil Anderson behind Robbie at tree.
2.) (L-R) Joel "Robbie" Robinson (vest), Bill Bonar, Bob Koenig, Mike Keogh, Bob Gravenstuk (hat), U/I (at pot), Dennis "Olie" Olson (looking in pot), Ken "Cool Hand" Larson (plaid shirt & hat), U/I (shades) and Mike Hine (far right).
3.) Dennis Kuroda (HI) thinking about the big waves back home in Hawaii. Dennis left Taiwan and the Air Force a few weeks later and returned home to Hawaii.
4.) (L-R) Ray Sorensen, Al Brewer, Phil Anderson, "Chick" Dovey (Dovie...?) and wife, Unidentified (yellow shirt-window), Unidentified (far right-foreground).
(1.) March 30, 2014 shot of the Kuoesheng Nuclear Power Plant (built in 1981) located on the former site of the old Camp McCauley Beach area. The buildings shown are located directly behind the beach.
(2.) March 30, 2014 shot of Scott Ellinger (LTC US Army, ret.) on the entrance road to the location of old Camp McCauley Beach. This is the same entrance road to McCauley Beach the Dawgs used in 1970, 44 years earlier (see 1970 photo on right).
(3.) View looking just to the left of the previous shot showing the beach changing facility and parking area. (March 30, 2014 photo)
(4.) March 30, 2014 shot of Scott Ellinger overlooking the old McCauley Beach (view just to the right of previous photo). The twin rock outcroppings (see 2011 photos below-photo 1.) are visible offshore in the distance (on the horizon) to the left of Scott.
(Photo on Right-Click to Enlarge) 1970 shot of the road and entrance to the old Camp McCauley beach area.
(1. & 2.) March 2011 photos of the old McCauley Beach location (reference maps above) with the familiar twin rock outcroppings (photo 1.) visible offshore in the distance.
(3.) March 2011 shot of the Kuoesheng Nuclear Power Plant built in 1981 on the site of the old Camp McCauley Beach area. The buildings shown are located directly behind the beach.
(4.) Circa 2000 shot of the Kuoesheng Nuclear Power Plant, which has negatively impacted use of the old McCauley Beach area today.