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Re: Formosa (Taiwan) during the KW
Not really relevant, due to the later dates in which
I was on Taiwan.
To my knowledge, no open source thesis or other
works have been published that chronocile the evolution
of US military forces on Taiwan, beginning with Truman's
order to patrol the Formosa Straits to avert encouraging
new Maoist regime from major amphibious operation against
Taiwan. Lots of news accounts regarding ongoing firefights,
aircraft shootdowns, etc. in the Straits during 1958 Quemoy
Crisis, but the coast from Wnchou to Hainan Island was the
scene of continuous PRC-ROC naval and air activity from 1950 up
to the mid-1960s. (Most of that ended after PRC exploded its
During the KW, organized U.S. units were not stationed on Taiwan
MAG personnel and some other special folks, the vast majority
of flights relating to the East China Sea / Formosa Straits
being conducted from Clark or Okinawa.
We actively aided ROC Navy with ship transfers, ROC
Air Force with aircraft transfers (mostly as it entered the jet era),
We had folks there to aid in training and equipment transfer.
Also did nice little things for them, such as 7th Fleet evacuation
cover of the Dachen / Tachen Island group north of Wenchou,
210 miles north of Taiwan.
Wrote the inquier a response and with some comments
regarding route to pursue. Still have some contacts at
MoD, ROC that might be helpful to him with regard to
medals, etc. once more details are known on this end.
> I think it would be useful if you could post here
> your info concerning your service for Formosa.
> Korean War was closely related with the
> defense of Formosa.