Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Thursday, November 11, 2010

RADM Linder Photos and Items

Rear Admiral James B. Linder was the last Commander of the U.S. Taiwan Defense Command.  He served in that position from August 1977 until April 1979.

RADM Linder accomplished one of the most difficult missions bestowed upon any commander -- to terminate an official command and close down all subordinate commands as well.  He accomplished this mission under the most difficult and contentious circumstances imaginable.  The switching of diplomatic relations from the Republic of China to the People's Republic of China evoked great anger and sadness from the people of Taiwan.  Despite major challenges from numerous sources, he accomplished his tasks skillfully and professionally and departed on the best of terms with his Taiwan counterparts and colleagues.

Official photo

RADM Linder receiving award from ADM Soong (MND CGS)
(NOTE:  This plaque and photo will be displayed at the American
Footsteps in Taiwan exhibition in December 2010 and January 2011)

(left to right) RADM Linder, Queenie Yao and
General Yao (Taiwan Air Force Commander)

Citation to accompany the award of RADM Linder's
Defense Superior Service Medal

RADM Linder's press release biography
prepared by the USTDC Public Affairs Office

Admiral Linder and his wife retired in the Southwestern United States.  He passed away on 23 April, 2009.

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