I received an email from a former Air Force guy who is doing graduate work in Taiwan. He's working on a paper and is trying to find an estimate of how many US military people were stationed in Taiwan.
I think I'm safe in saying that the number probably reached its peak during the Vietnam war, probably sometime in the late sixties or so, but I have no idea what that number would be. In addition to all the units in Taipei, including Linkou, there was Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Tainan Air Base, and of course all of the naval vessels in the waters around the island. I'm fairly sure there were other units scattered around also.
So does anyone out there have a good guesstimate?