Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lest We Forget

A friend pointed me to this photo of a US Marines exercise in Southern Taiwan during March, 1960.  The description reads:

U.S. Marines pass amphibious vehicle on beach in southern Formosa during Operation Blue Star last week.  They took part in the biggest joint amphibious exercise staged by American and Nationalist Chinese forces.


Though I usually write about the day-to-day activities of the American military folks who were privileged to serve in Taiwan, I think it's important that we remind ourselves from time to time that the defense of the good people of Taiwan was our reason for being there.  It was a dangerous time for Taiwan.  In many ways, it still is.

3 comments:

Victor said...

This reminds me of a Taiwanese movie, "Buddha bless America".
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/154510/Buddha-Bless-America/overview
http://www.filmfestivals.com/venice/vfilm18.htm

Lin from Taipei said...

US Marines exercise in Southern Taiwan 1958 on the youtube clip...

the operation called " the roar from land " I guess....

here is the link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ_oTvCJpIw&feature=related

Lin from Taipei said...

50 years later ....8/21 2009

Anoher rescue mission for hanging Vehicle to tpyhoon disaster area.

Deeply thanks from bottom of our heart.

US NAVY MH53E IN TAIWAN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbZrAa3XMH0&feature=related