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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Selfie On Grass Mountain

After our very first blog post in August, 2010, an Army Lieutenant Colonel introduced himself in a comment.  Thus began my correspondence with Scott Ellinger.  

Over the next three years, he provided me with many leads to information regarding the Grass Mountain area.  He also expanded on pictures and copy in some of the blog posts.  

After more than two decades with the Army, Scott retired and is now still living in Taiwan.

Picture by and of Scott Ellinger

Here is Scott stopping for a self-portrait in front of the road leading to the apartment we had rented over 40 years ago. 

Not only did he find our apartment, but Scott also found the Grass Mountain STRATCOM complex where many of us worked for 15 months or more.

Here is the Google Earth picture of the same background in the previous picture.  Scott talked his way past the guards and easily found where we had lived. 
On the left is our old apartment as it appears today.  On the right is a 1968 picture of our third floor apartment.  Thanks to Scott for the side by side photos. 


  1. He found the Old Stratcom site ? it is still there or empty??
    Gus TTY repair 1969-70-71

  2. Gus, Check your inbox and the blog's Blog Archive on the right column. Click on the year and keep scrolling. Click "Older posts" at the bottom of a page. John