This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Some Of Us Read The Obituaries

We all have our hobbies and particular interests. One of mine happens to be reading some obituaries.It started as a daily event when we moved down here.

The counties along the west coast of Florida are packed with service veterans and their families. Almost daily there was an obit about a former member of the Armed Services.

Then, the word spread that of the WWII vets, some 1,000 were dying daily around the world. This increased the number of obituaries in our local newspaper.

They were from all branches, and names like Battle of the Bulge, Bataan Death March, and Iwo Jima would pop up frequently.

Below is a recent obituary of a WWII veteran. These are becoming less and less frequent as these groups of veterans are now near or in their nineties.

Obituaries, like funerals are for the living. Generally it's the living relatives of a veteran who writes the entry. Some are puffed up to exaggerate the person's life.

With that being said, the family of this man loved and respected him. The Taiwan connection is what got it on this blog.

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