We've had several discussions about Taipei area military housing during the past three years or so. But there is one house that I don't think I've mentioned previously. The Commander of USTDC and his family resided in what was called "Quarters A," high above the city. Jenny Lee asked me about it a few days ago and I started looking around for its location.
Patricia Linder, wife of RADM James Linder, in her book "The Lady and the Tiger," wrote extensively about the place, including many humorous (and also some very serious) events that occurred there during their period of residence from 1977 until early 1980.
LTC Scott Ellinger was kind enough to identify the map coordinates for the former Quarters A (25.133202,121.542799), which I pasted into Google Maps for the images shown below.
This first image shows the location of Quarters A in relation to the HSA compound. You can see the aircraft symbol at the old airport in this photo, the HSA compound was about two kilometers (by my reckoning) due west of the airport. Well north of that location, appropriately labeled "A" in this image, is Quarters A. As always on this blog, you can click on the images to expand them for easier viewing.
Below is a satellite photo of the building as it appears today. When Pat saw this photo, she immediately recognized it, and said that the white area to the lower left of the house is the pool. A long porch faces the pool and looks out over Tien Mou. The house to the left of Quarters A was the South African Embassy with Bill and Renee Praetorious in residence at that time. She noted that nature is very forgiving because many large trees were destroyed during the typhoon that hit as they were moving into this house. As you can see, the area seems to have healed nicely since then.
Many thanks to Jenny, Scott and Patricia for helping me document this important part of US Taiwan Defense Command history.