I don't have any new material today, but I would like to touch on a couple of subjects that have been on my mind recently.
First of all, I'm a little concerned that I may have left the impression here, and in the newsgroup as well, that I didn't care much for Taiwan while I was there. If anyone got that impression, please understand that I have nothing but admiration for Taiwan and its people. Whatever negative feelings I ever had were solely because of my separation from my wife and kids for the fifteen months that I was there. For several good reasons at the time, my family remained in the States while I was at USTDC.
I'm sure that I don't have to explain to former military folks how long absences from one's family can affect attitude. I have always said that Taipei should have been the best assignment of my career. Under different circumstances, I'm sure it would have been. I don't think I've ever met anyone who felt that Taiwan was a bad place to be assigned, and I include myself in that group.
Also, please understand that the views expressed here are those of young American military men, most of whom were in their twenties or so when they served in Taiwan. I'm not the same person I was in 1973-1974, nor is anyone else. The exuberance of youth is a wonderful thing, but I suspect that most of us wouldn't really want to relive it. If you're looking for the "big picture" of Taiwan or you want to discuss current political issues of the place, there are plenty of blogs and newsgroups available for that. This is more like a personal diary than a history book.
I started this blog to record a brief history of USTDC and its surroundings as seen through my eyes and the eyes of many other young men many years ago. I like to think that I've accomplished that objective, even if I don't write another word.