Taipei Apartments and Residences

The Apartments in Taipei
Dawg Flight 1970 and 1971

Updated 10 November 2012 / Added 18 Jan 2004

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Photo credits: (1.) 1970 photo by Carpenter   (2. & 3.) 1971 photos by Wagner
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  Unaccompanied military at Linkou were required to reside in the barracks on the Hill. Further, due to the sensitive and classified nature of our work, the Air Force did not allow unaccompanied military to live in Taipei. To not comply with that Air Force regulation, risked losing our security clearances.
  So...what you are about to see in the photos below really didn't happen... Nobody on Dawg Flight paid NT$4000 ($100 U.S.) a month to rent an apartment in Taipei. Nor did any Dawg Flighter share the rent on two or three bedroom luxury apartments with others. These things simply did not happen...

Can't recall where your apartment in Taipei was located...?
The 1970 street maps below should help you find your old address.

Map of Taipei City, 1970, Nan Hua Publishing Co, Ltd., Taipei   (Right) Taipei Map "The Taiwan Report" (1973 edit.)
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February 1970 photos by Swallom
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1.) Dawgs enjoying a pejyou on the roof of Steve Swallom's first apartment building in Taipei not far from the Oasis Hotel. (From left) Ray Adams, Dennis "Oly" Olson (OR), Rick "Big Kahuna" Muller (RI) and Joel "Robbie" Robinson (CA). The President Hotel is in the background looking north (Feb. 1970 photo).
2.) February 1970 shot of Al Luczyk (OH) and Ray Adams (right) in Al's apartment. Sharing the apartment with Al were Steve Swallom (KY), Dennis Olson (OR) and Joel Robinson (CA).
3.) A neighbor in the apartment's living room.   4.) The Brazilian Embassy was located next door to their apartment building (Feb. 1970 photo).

Photo credits: (1.) The Phantom   (2.. 3. & Below Right) Sarge   (4.) Tom Jones (1957-58) courtesy of ""
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1.) Located along Min Chuan East Road were apartment buildings similar to this one being built close to the club district. Most of the three and four story Taipei apartment buildings were poorly constructed of concrete blocks, bricks, and stucco...they would not have passed code in the states.
2.) 1970 shot of a couple two-bedroom apartment buildings located a few blocks off Min Chuan West Road and just beyond the "Big Benjo" (photo on right). During 1970/71 several Dawg Flighters rented a few of the apartments in the building on the right above. The balconies in the photo were located off the front bedroom.
3.) 1970 photo of the living room of an apartment in an apartment building shown in the previous photo.
4.) Shot of the rear of a typical Taipei apartment building like the one shown in the previous photo (Photo 2.). The door shown in the photo led to the bathroom, which could also be accessed through the rear bedroom. The kitchen was just off to the left with a door to the rear balcony. (1958 photo)
(Photo on Right-Click to Enlarge) "The "Big Benjo"...Taipei's open sewage system. This 1970 shot of the "Big Benjo" with the Jianguo Road bridge in the distance was taken from the pedestrian bridge that several Dawgs used daily to walk to their apartments located in the buildings shown above and below. The pedestrian bridge was also the site of "Benjo Benny's" legendary "diving act"...

1971 photo credits: (1, 2., 3., & 4.) R. Riccitello   (5.) S. Daniel
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1.) 1971 shot of Ray "Riccione" Riccitello's (NJ) Taipei apartment building (center background) located a few blocks beyond the "Big Benjo".
2.) A 1971 shot of a loud "street hawker" with Riccione's Taipei apartment building in the background. The peddler constantly kept Riccione awake while working mids.
3.) 1971 shot of Carl Gnath (MI) outside his Taipei apartment building located beyond the "Big Benjo".
4.) Carl Gnath in 1971 with apartment buildings in the background that were located beyond the "Big Benjo".
5.) 1971 shot of Sam Daniel and his fiance, Lucy, on the rooftop terrace of his Taipei apartment building.

(Click on Images to Enlarge) Credits: (Left) provided by Lentz   (Right) provided by J. Crum courtesy of "TaipeiSignalArmy."

(Left Image) The worldwide "Weather" section from the Wednesday, July 16, 1969 Pacific "Stars and Stripes" newspaper.
The 95 degree high for Taipei on Monday, July 14th was one of the highest temperatures recorded throughout Asia.
  Taipei apartments lacked heating and air conditioning and were cold and damp in the winter and sweltering in the summer.
Seasonal temperatures varied from about 45 degrees during the winter rainy season (December to March) to 95 degrees
in summer (May to November). Because of the high humidity throughout the year the winter months seemed much colder
than the 45 degree weather.

(Right Image) "Houses for Rent" from the classified advertisement section of The China Post, a Taiwan newspaper, September 1, 1969 edition. Listed are houses and apartments for rent in Taipei, Shih Lin, Tien Mou, Peitou, and Yangmingshan.

1970 photo by Carpenter

  In another apartment building across town...this is not Tim "Timmy Two-Shoes" Kerekes (MI) and he did not share this apartment with two other Dawgs. This apartment near the Taipei International Airport was a nice place to spend time while in Taipei. It had a kitchen, dining room, living room, two baths, and three bedrooms.
  The kitchen had a small refrigerator (rented) and a hot plate for cooking Ramien noodles which were stocked by the case along with beer. This third floor apartment had three balconies with great views and access to the roof that we often used to catch some rays.

1970 photos by Carpenter
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  Furniture for an apartment could be purchased very inexpensively from local shops, often through the fine art of haggling, and was often delivered by motorcycle. (Refrigerators were rented and often paid for with a couple cartons of Malboros from the Navy Exchange or a case or two of Budweiser from the West Compound's "Double Ten" store.) Most accessories could be purchased from the East Compound's Navy Exchange or the First Company Department Store in Shimending,
  When a person was due to leave Taiwan or wanted to move out he would simply find another Dawg Flighter to move into the bachelor pad and "buy him out" for his share of the furniture. In many cases that was only a bed, AF issue sheets and blankets, and, of course, a fridge for beer.
  Tim Kerekes's new 9 inch Sony TV from the Navy Exchange (a Christmas present) picked up the local Taiwan TV (TTV) channel...and "Mission Impossible"...with good reception. Next to the TV is a Michelob bottle used as a flower vase and a "Use N.T. Only" sign (photo below) that was "acquired" from the Prince Club's bar.

The Prince Club's bar sign (on desk above).

July 1970 photo by Swallom
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THE PHANTOM is caught reviewing his "notes" for the upcoming edition of Dawg Flight's notorious "Mid-Rag Smok-ah"... (July 1970)

  A pair of TEAC reel-to-reel tape decks for dubbing and a portable cassette player are on the table (far right). The Dawgs listened to the Armed Forces Network Taiwan (AFNT), broadcast from Taipei (1560 AM and 100.1 FM), for the Top 40 tunes from the "World". The Jim Beam on the shelf on the left was fresh from the West Compound's Embassy Shop.
  NOTE: The Armed Forces Network Taiwan (AFNT) was an affiliate of the worldwide Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).

1970 photo by Carpenter
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The view looking north from the rooftop of THE PHANTOM's apartment located a few blocks south of the Taipei International Airport.

July 1970 photos by Swallom and Carpenter
There were great views of the Taipei skyline and colorful sunsets from the apartment building's roof. These 1970 shots were taken looking west toward Taipei's club district
and the King's Hotel located at the intersection of Chungshan N. and Min Chaun E. Roads. The rice paddies were rapidly disappearing as more apartment buildings were built.

1970 photo provided by Swallom
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Steve Swallom on the roof of his apartment building and the view of the Taipei skyline from the roof looking west (July 1970).

1970 photos by Carpenter
1970 panoramic views from the balcony looking north towards Min Chuan East Road (shown in left photo) and airport.
The Taipei International Airport is visible in the background in both photos in front of the foothills.

1970 photos by Carpenter and Vandierdonck
(Left) Another view (1970) from the balcony looking east toward the Taipei International Airport in the background with
middle class single family homes in the foreground. (Right) 1970 shot taken near Dave Vandierdonck's Taipei apartment.

Photo credits: (1.) 1971 photo by Wagner   (2.) 1970 photo by Carpenter   (3.) 1972 photo by Stovall  
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Most apartment balconies and windows had metal cages built around them to keep out burglars.
If there had been a fire we would have been in for a rude awakening (1970, '71, & '72 photos).

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