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Monday, January 12, 2009

Total Number of Troops?

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?


George said...

I seem to remember quotes of approximately 13,000 American Servicemen on the Island proper (overheard in the HSA Admin Office in 1966). Of course there is no way I can substantiate this number, but that is what I seem to remember some 43 years later.

Bill said...

When I arrived on island in 1973 I was told there was approx 7000 military personnel on the island.
I was told in 1977 there were 2000 personnel on the island.
In both cases my information came from the USACC Commander. Both gentlemen were Colonels.

Don said...

I found an entry on Wikipedia that described the addition of several US Air Force units to CCK Air Base during the 60s and early 70s, so it's possible that there were more than 13,000 at some point during Vietnam and then a gradual decrease until our departure from Taiwan in 1979.

Just guessing.

Here's the Wikipedia link:

Sammy said...

I arrived in Taiwan in early 1970. We were told during our in-coming briefing that there were approximetly 14,000 US Personel on the Island at that time. The largest grouping was at CCK, and Tainan AFB's. The Navy also had a large contingent as well. Shu Lin Kou Air station in the hills north of Taipei was the largest grouping in the North of the Island. In addition to military personel, there was approximetly the same number of dependents as well. So the total number of US individuals was most likely closer to 20,000.