Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Monday, September 13, 2010

Yangmingshan Housing Area Today

There has been much discussion here in the past about American military family housing areas, and last week I posted some information about the Bank of Taiwan (BOT) housing area in Yangmingshan.  As I mentioned recently, Jenny Lee and a crew of volunteers are in the process of restoring one of the old buildings there (F209, I believe) to its original design.

Following that article, LTC Scott Ellinger visited the area and took several photographs of some of the old buildings.  You can view them at this Flickr photostream.  Scott sent me this panoramic shot of quarters F202 and F203 that he took a couple of days ago.  Click on the image for more detail.
I just received an e-mail from Dawn Crumly who said that she and her folks lived in F202 during the late-1970s.  Small world, huh?

To make things even more interesting, old friend Les Duffin just sent me a list of names of personnel who resided in some of those quarters during 1977.  His comments are in parentheses.

F100    Brooksher, D. A., BGen, USTDC  (this of course was the AF one-star who was deputy commander)

F104    Carr, R. J., Capt, HSA  (He was the Navy captain who was commander of HSA)

F108    DeMartino, F, Maj, USTDC (AF Major, actually Lt Col by then, Frank DeMartino; I think he was assigned to J-1)

F304B  Groves, J. E., LTC MGCSF (Actually I knew his wife; she was my son’s teacher at Dominican School.  And I’m  not sure what MGCSF means)

F107B  Harmon, W. E. Jr, CW2 USACC

F300A  Kaiser, R. L., 1Lt, 6987ABS/DEM

F103F   Landfair, R. W., Capt, MAAG

F106    McLain, C. L., Col, USACC

F109    Norcross, J. C., Col, USTDC

F201    Phinney, J. L., Col, MAAG

F210    Trask, A. F., Capt, MGNA

F305A  Trosper, J. H., Lt, NAMRU 2

F107a  Wells, J. C., E-8, MAAG

(I’m assuming that numbers like F201 and F210 were single-family dwellings, whereas the ones followed by an “A” or “B” were duplexes.  That was true of the BOT houses in Tien Mu as well; one half was  “A” and the other “B.”)
 If anyone else has photos or memories they'd like to share about family housing in the Taipei area, please contact me:  ustdc [at]


Dawn said...

On the flicker account, good grief, lots of memories, including my old bedroom!

I need to join Yahoo so I can add comments. The pictures did confirm my suspicions. Those homes were stinkin' HUGE.

Anonymous said...

Scott, thanks very much for taking all these pictures and thanks for posting them, Don. Very cool. F202 has certainly seen better days

Dawn's bro

Anonymous said...

For Les: Bumpass lived in F203 and Mackin lived in the house directly behind F202. Bumpass left in '78, I think.

Dawn said...

My bad on the rooms. It's funny, but I never thought about how the homes may look alike. F209 and F202 must have had the exact same lay out. As I scanned through the F209 pix, I knew where everything was located as it was the same lay out. There must've been a couple different lay outs, because I don't remember walking into any of the other homes and thinking, 'Sure, I know where the bathroom is... it's the same place as in our house.'

I'm trying to remember when the Bumpass's moved out. We left in Jan of '79 and I think they were gone, but now I don't remember if someone moved into their house after they left...

Mackin definitely lived behind us. I thought the Carrs lived beside them, but based on Les's list... I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

Carr's lived over by Phillips. A family moved in after Bumpass left. Didn't they "lose" a couple dogs they kept in the yard? Oh, Toms lived next to Mackin. I think he was a colonel.

Dawn said...

That's right. I got the Toms and the Carrs mixed up. Both had boys. It was the Toms that received the 100 frogs in the cardboard box as a gift. And... I couldn't remember if the family that went through a couple dogs lived in the Bumpass's or next door. It took two dogs disappearing from their yard to realize they needed to keep the dog inside.

Jim said...

Don- Some of these articles certainly hit closer to home (make that heart?) than others. Of the families listed, I knew the dependents from seven of them and was a frequent visitor to General Brooksher's residence as his son Jim and I were close friends. It's fascinating that any of those structures are still standing given their age and the near complete transformation the island has gone through over these past 40 years. I hope you don't mind, but given the generational appeal of the subject matter, I posted links on two different Facebook Groups. The first is the "Taipei American School Classes of the Seventies" group and the second is "The Tien Mou Teen Club" group. (Extra traffic is a good thing right? The TAS page has 443 members and the TMTC group has around 250.)
As always, thanks so much for the effort and keep up the good work.

Don said...

I don't mind at all, Jim, and thanks for the kind words. I've been fortunate to make contact with many, many folks over the past three years who contributed a lot of good material so that the record of our time doesn't just disappear.

Glad you enjoyed the images and I trust your friends and classmates will as well.



Mike Bergman said...

I remember some of the names; we used to open up our AFRTS building on Yangmingshan as a shelter during typhoons.

老屋傳奇 said...

Mike, do you also lived in one of the Yangminsan BOT houses? and where is this AFRTS building?

Jenny Lee

老屋傳奇 said...

Mike, where is this AFRTS building, can you point it out on google mape?
what is AFRTS stands for?
and do you also lived in one of the BOT house up on Yangminsan?

Jenny Lee

Don said...

Jenny, AFRTS stood for "American Forces Radio and Television Service."