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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

In 1970, SFC. Vincent L. Rossi was killed in South Vietnam

Bad news, they say, travels fast.  That may be true in most cases, but in the case of SFC. Rossi, it took 45 years for this blog to receive the news of his death. 

Sixteen of us arrived in Taipei in June of 1968.  Our duty station was at the Punched Paper Tape Relay Station on Grass Mountain, north of Taipei.  

Shortly after we began our duties, an E-7, Sergeant First Class Vincent L. Rossi, Sr., his wife and children arrived in Taipei.  SFC Rossi had no idea what he was in for.  Assigned as his responsibilities, our antics kept him off-guard and provided him with many headaches. 

Westover Memorial Park Richmond County Augusta, Georgia

Through Rossi's guidance, we were all functioning at a higher level.  A farewell salute to a good man.


  1. My NCO, a great man, a truly good man. Will always remember his kindness. Grass Mountain was better place because of him. Sgt Moreno
    My condolences to the family of John Crum, I remember him well.

  2. Another Grass Mountain alum has passed, though very few of you will remember. His name SP4 Raul Rodriguez, Army Illistrator at Grass Mtn. Went on to become most awarded designer of Pasadena Tournament of Roses Floats. He passed Feb 15, 2015. A kind and gentle man of enormous talent and vision. RIP your friend Sgt W. Moreno

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  4. I’ve been reading and researching about my uncle Jerry Eugene Tew. I want to know more about him. He sadly passed away in South Vietnam Cam Ranh Bay. I came across that he was trained here in this camp. If anyone knows anything about him, please tell me things about him. Thank you so much. It means a lot. Not just for a project in my history class, but for me to know more about him.