Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Friday, October 3, 2008

Still Here

It's been several days since I've posted anything here so I thought I'd let everyone know that I'm still on the planet.

When I started the blog last year, it wasn't unusual for there to be long periods of silence because I really didn't have much to share at the time -- no pictures at all and just a few fading memories of my 15 months at USTDC.

But as time went on, I started receiving occasional comments and photographs from readers and I posted most of them. During recent months, I was blessed with a real tsunami of great photographs from folks like Sarj, Stev, Les, Kent and many others, and they had some great stories to go along with them. The result was a new post nearly every day.

But things have slowed down again and I'm sort of back where I started. If I think of anything, or if you folks remember something long forgotten or find another box of photos or documents somewhere and email them to me, I'll be happy to get back to work.

In the meantime, if you haven't read some of the earlier posts here, you might consider going back to the first post from 7/17/2007 called "The Watch." When you get to the bottom of that one, just click on Newer Post and go on to the next one. So far there have been 295 posts so feel free to comment on any of them. I am notified whenever anyone comments on anything, as do all those who subscribe to this blog, so you might open a whole new dialogue here.

Hangin' in there,



George said...


You need more "hot" photos such as those from the "Movie Star" blog. Those were some great historical items and stirred up much interest. I know it's been slow, but there is only so much material left from that time. By the way, I showed your "young and old photos" to my 26 year old son and he said you look better than ever..a nice guy. Keep up the good work.

John W. Hurst said...


You have a fantasitic site, and I check your site and Kent's TAS 4 or 5 times a week. Your recent batch of museum photos were excellent.

One of my early purchases (1972) in Taiwan was my first SLR camera, a Pentax. Only had a few lenses, but I loved that camera! Taiwan had such beutiful scenary, temples, busy roads, markets, and just the craziest sites.

We didn't take may photos of the TAS compound, as it was sort of taboo to have a camera anywhere, although you could take photos at the club or pool, etc.

Anyway, keep up the good work!

An Avid Fan

John Hurst

sarj said...

I was just about to email and ask if you were ok. I really don't have much stuff left but I'll try to scan something soon. I could scan most of my Navy records....since I have most of them. When I was sent back State side to be discharged I hand carried my records because they were still damp from being flooded in Gloria. When I got to TI San Fran they didn't even take some of them that had the ink smeared etc. I guess they have them on micro film or something. I don't think many guys have some of their "Original" orders etc.
I'm still here too and I'm sure that there are still guys out there who will find the site and start sending in more stuff that we can enjoy seeing.

Kent said...


The tide is out right now, it will soon flow back in to your mail box with many treasures from the old broken down cartons, drawers and footlockers of our friends who served in Taiwan. The history and photographs we have posted have not even scratched the surface of what's out hiding in our friend's homes.

Great blog Don.