NSGA Shu Lin Kou, Taiwan, Republic of China was active from 1955 to 1979.
Located on the an abandon WWII Japanese fighter strip just a few miles from the village of Shu Lin Kou, the U.S. Army Security Agency (USASA) was the first to establish a direction finding (DF) site in Taiwan on February 16, 1955.
Later in 1955, a U.S. Air Force unit arrived and established a Detachment of the 6925th Radio Group Mobile (RGM), and following the Air Force in 1955, a Naval Security Group (NSG) Detachment.
Soon after the three services were established, negotiations were conducted for a formal base rights agreement with the Taiwanese government. The results of these negotiations was the establishment of Shu Lin Kou Air Station with the U.S. Air Force Security Service (USAFSS) as the host, and the USASA and NSG Detachment as tenants. Two years later, in June of 1957, the NSG Detachment was recommissioned as the U.S. Naval Security Group Activity, Shu Lin Kou. On July 1, 1958 the 6925th RGM was deactivated and the 6987th RSM was activated. In July 1963, the 6987th Radio Squadron Mobile (RSM) was designated the 6987th Security Group by the USAFSS.
The mission of Shu Lin Kou was highly classified that involved sensitive intelligence gathering operations. Missions included the intercept, transcription, decryption and analysis of intelligence from targeted foreign military electronic intelligence (ELINT) and communications intelligence (COMINT).
The Joint Communiqué of the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, also known as the Shanghai Communiqué (1972), was an important diplomatic document issued by the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China.
On February 28, 1972, President Nixon signed the Shanghai Communiqué, giving Communist China “most-favored nation” status and promised the Communists on the mainland that the U.S. military would depart Taiwan. This communiqué set in motion the 6987th Security Group to close and departed Taiwan on April 1, 1977. The NSGA followed two years later and closed and departed Taiwan in February 2, 1979.
In 1996, the old village of Shu Lin Kou was demolished and is now a large industrial center.
Quality of Life:
Shu Lin Kou ( 树林口 ), which translates as “mouth of the forest”, took its name from the nearby village of Linkou. The air station was situated on a mountain plateau at 834 feet altitude, surrounded by tea plantations, approximately 15 miles northwest of Taipei in northern Taiwan. It was a few miles south of the Tamsui River and about five miles from the Taiwan Strait and China Sea. Shu Lin Kou was built on the former site of a WWII Japanese Army fighter airbase used against the Allies through the war’s end.
Shu Lin Kou Air Station was a small U.S. Air Force base located high in the mountains on the northern end and western side of the island of Taiwan, and twenty miles west-southwest from the city of Taipei. The main road from the city was paved, but, after turning off towards the mountain, the road was pure dirt and rocks. The transportation of choice was the 1/4-ton weapons carrier, because it gave the best ride. Jeeps and six-by’s were kidney killers.
In June of 1955, all personnel were housed in eight man squad tents. The only permanent buildings at the time were the mess hall, the two Operations buildings and the Communications Center. Depending upon the weather, the entire site was either dust or a sea of mud. The latrine was a slit trench over which were wooden seats inside a tent.
In the late summer or early fall of 1955, better living facilities were provided when several barracks were constructed. The buildings were made of metal walls and roof on a concrete slab for the floor. For heating, each building had one pot-bellied stove in the middle. The average size was about 20′ x 60.’
Initially, there was a very small Post Exchange and a small barbershop a tent. A haircut cost about 30 cents and a shave about a quarter. Shaves were interesting as the barber would shave your entire face: forehead, eyelids and anything else he could reach, all with a straight razor.
2 February 2018 at 11:38
Loved Taipei over the 1960 years. Could eat a meal for 25 cents on the street. Massages in Peitou were a joy. Good memories.
4 July 2018 at 21:22
Technically the date for Shu Linkou AS shutdown was in 1977. The only ops present at Shu Linkou AS from 1975 to 1977 was US Air Force 6987th Security Service.
Shu Linkou AS was home of the 6987th US Air Force Security Service and hosted an Army ASA unit and technically the Naval NSGA unit was called NSGA Taipei (USN 21). Not NSGA Shu Linkou.
Army ASA operations shut down in 1972.
NSGA operations at Shu Linkou were shut down 1975.
I think the February 1979 date comes from the final departure of the last remaining US military on Taiwan. The last unit to shut down was US TDC (Taiwan Defense Command) located about 20 KM from Shu Linkou in Taipei. Shu Linkou AS was located at the town of Linkou – 20KM west of Taipei. There were one or two remaining CT’s at TDC when it closed for good Feb 1979, but the main NSGA ops located at Shu Linkou ceased in 1975.
4 July 2018 at 21:47
I should have mentioned my name is Jim Valkwitch. I was a CTRSN at NSGA Taipei (Shu Linkou) 1971-72. I have returned to Taiwan several times, first return was late summer 1977, no one was left at Shu Linkou and very few American Servicemen in general. Things started to wind down shortly after Pres. Nixon announced that he would visit China (announced on July 15, 1971 – visit to China was Feb 21 to 28 1972).
5 July 2018 at 00:34
Thank you for your two comments. Please send me (Mario Vulcano) an email. Like to discuss more about NSGA Shu Lin Kou Taiwan with you.
10 July 2018 at 15:02
Mario, I’m not sure what your email address is. I looked it up on the CT History Web Site and sent a message to the aol.com email shown for you on the CT History roster pages. I sent it last Friday. Hope you received it.
10 July 2018 at 16:45
Here’s my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10 July 2018 at 17:31
Sorry about that, OK, I sent it to the right address this time.
12 July 2018 at 15:05
My email: email@example.com
20 October 2019 at 02:35
I was NSGA from 1967-69 but married a foreign national. I spent the next year working for the PMO at Sung Shan Airport. That was a really good job! I pitched for the Navy and made the Navy All Star team for the 1968 Captains Cup Tournament at the old Signal Compound. In fact, I have reel to reel tapes of those games, broadcast over AFNT. Many good memories of my time there and the people.
29 July 2018 at 15:54
I spent two tours (1961-63) in the “paradise” called Taiwan at Shu Lin Kou Air Station while in the Air Force. I would have stayed there had the Air Force allowed it, but not enough time in my single enlistment and I did not want to re-enlist. Made a lot of friends and did a lot of growing up in those 30 months. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.
6 October 2018 at 04:50
I was arrived in 1967 as CT3. Lived and worked at Lin Kou and made CT2(R). When I married a foreign national, I was put in charge of the barracks……..Then did a stint at the base post office at HSA and then spent the last year with the PMO at Sung Shan airport. Great tour. I had come from the Aleutian Island, was 19 years old and thought I had died and went to Heaven!
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31 October 2018 at 09:15
I was there with the Security Police Unit on Shu Lin kou. The base was nice and private from the rest of the world. After Nixon went to China things changed and went down from there. The personnel there were really bummed when they decided to close the Installation. I was stationed there from 1974-1977. It is a fact the USAF was the last ones there. All other groups were gone. The assignment was a good one and best kept secret in the area. Being Stationed at HSA Taipei was the feast…Right downtown in Taipei. I was the last Air Force person stationed at the base and took the Flag or Colors for the last time and took them to HSA to be taken back to Washington for the Historical Purposes. I was a sad day. A few ranking personnel came from Taipei…I basically closed the base for the Air Force. The base was then turned over to the Taiwan Military and they used the base for a small period of time. It was too bad. Lots of people were told the base closed due to more up dated communications and no need for the personnel. Well it was about President Nixon and his legacy. Taiwan was a great place to be stationed. The people were very friendly and loyal to us. I understand they still are one of our Best Allies and always hope it stays that way. Well the way things are with China today I think Nixon made a big mistake. My personal view. Taiwan is very strategic and we should have never pulled the troops out. That would have been a great card and glad our current President Donald Trump is holding China straight and supporting Taiwan. Too bad there is the issue about the two Chinas….The Republic of Taiwan would be a nice name and keep the independence and freedom. That is why we served to protect our Allies. I also served in Viet Nam in 1969…Bien Hoa AB. Now that was a rough place to be…Long live Taiwan and all my fellow Servicemen and Women who served with the 6987th…
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15 July 2020 at 20:31
Jim – I am the Webmaster for the 6987th Alumni Association ( http://www.6987thalumniassociation.org/ ) I would like to communicate with you–especially regarding the closing down of SLK. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
31 October 2018 at 13:29
Jim: Thanks for your input. I too was one of the last USAF personnel to depart Shu Lin Kou, on March 21,1977. The Civil Engineers were very busy during the last few days.
16 January 2019 at 16:42
My father was CDR. Edwin F. Stein. He was stationed at Lin Kou NSGA from !970-1972. He was the commanding officer. I attended the Dominican School for 2nd and 3rd grade. My father passed away in 1977. If anyone has memories of him I’d love to hear them. Thank you!!
17 January 2019 at 23:58
I remember Commander Stein. He was our basketball coach as well. His XO assumed command of the Navy when your Dad left. He was a good Sailor as well as being a nice man. I believe that she was older but you might remember Pam Wasilewski. Her dad was our Master Chief. email@example.com. Type a line if you’d like.
28 March 2020 at 07:19
My name is William “Skip” Dunbar. I was the first Navy CT”M” brancher stationed at Shu Lin Kou, 1970. Your Dad took over command while I was there. He was a great guy. He and the XO would challenge us guys to a doubles bowling contest at lunch time now and then with the loser buying the beer for the spectators as well as the winners. At $0.10 a can, it wasn’t all that expensive, but fun was had by all. A couple of my running mates were later stationed at Fort Meade while I was at NSG Headquarters in D.C. They told me about him ref’g basketball at NSA. I was sorry to hear of his passing.
25 August 2020 at 17:42
I was a CTR in Alpha from February 1970-March 1971. I moved to Charlie Section to be on the basketball team that CDR Stein coached. One of my first memories of him was walking over to the gym from the OPS building and as he drove by we saluted. He waved. He was a great CO and a good man.
22 January 2019 at 15:43
Thank you Donald Walsh! I certainly remember my dad coaching the Seahawks. I don’t recall Pam Wasilewski but the name sounds familiar. I’ll check with my mom, but I think the Wasilewski family were close friends of my family. My father passed away, of a heart attack, while refereeing a basketball game at Ft. Meade, MD. Thank you again!!
12 October 2019 at 03:51
Anyone remember a warrant officer by the name of Chisholm?
15 July 2020 at 19:11
My first active duty station. Thanks for the memories! Kevin Gault 207×1 (1976-77)
29 August 2020 at 14:00
I loved the people, the culture, and travel on the beautiful island of Taiwan, ROC. Eugene Cam, USAF 6787th Security Group from 1974-1977.
To my brother Kevin Gault, I hope all is well!
2 September 2020 at 20:48
In 1957 I and two of my friends, we had met at Keesler, transferred from Clark to the RSM at
Lin Kou, they left after the 15 month tour, I stayed, was there 3 years, married my high school
sweetheart there and my daughter, first child, was born at the hospital in the MAAG compound –
I left for home, San Diego, in late 1960. No sooner home and I wanted to go back, contacted
a friend in the AF about how and he recommended the CIA – contacted them and they said
they would interview me in Taiwan but I would have to pay my own way, that ended that. Years
later, in the 80’s living in SF bay area, and sailing my sloop out of Alameda, I met another
boat owner in the marina who had worked for the NSA, he told me he was at Lin-Kou, it had
been transferred to the NSA – I have good memories of the time and place.
4 January 2022 at 20:31
I believe some of the operations stuff was transferred to NSA, but not the site. The NSA site was in the Yamingsan mountain area North of Taipei
30 January 2021 at 20:50
I was stationed at 6987th from 1968 – 1971; Air Force. I was there on a 15 month tour, but didn’t want to leave when time was up, so I asked for an extension and they only gave me 12 months, was heartbroken but I took it, stayed there for total of 27 months and loved every second.
5 February 2021 at 17:01
Bowling? Gym? At Shu Linkou! I was at Shu Linkou ’56-’58. Was in the ASA unit and worked 12 hour shifts in the Comm Center ate the powdered eggs and SOS. I actually loved the people and the whole area. Our basketball and softball team was able to get a break and travel to Okinawa.
Have many photos of the Linkou surroundings.
5 February 2021 at 20:18
Gary – I always enjoy seeing photos of those early “mud and tent” days at SLK. I was there a few years after you (1961-63) and by the time I got there the site had evolved to a fairly modern looking facility (pave roads and curbs) but still wood plank walkways that oozed red mud when it rained and you walked on them. Any photos you would like to share I would enjoy seeing them. If you like you could e-mail any of the to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
27 July 2021 at 16:54
I was at SLK twice. 73-74 and 76-77 (when they closed the base). They sent all of us to Clark AFB for two years. I loved SLK. It was the best duty in the Air Force. The local Chinese treated us great. I hope and pray the R.O.C. remains democratic and the mainland keeps them free.
29 November 2021 at 23:14
Stumbled on this site. I roomed with a James Davis from Cincinnati in 1973. If by chance this is you, my name is Delarosa, I was at shu linkou 1973 to 74.
artdelarosa7 at gmail. Long shot I know perhaps we can connect.
29 July 2021 at 04:53
I visited Taiwan in 1977 and 1978. The U.S. military compound was still in Taipei City, manned by Army personnel. The China Sea club was still operational. I and other performers put on a brief show April 1978.
28 August 2021 at 16:33
I was USAFSS, Able Flt, aka Able Animals, from ’66 to ’67. I remember taking the bus down the mountain to the city many times. Then for exercise, I’d get a pedicab, but I would peddle & leave the driver rest in back. Then on a business trip with a computer company many many years later, I noticed how many more 2 cycle scooters were around, lot of pollution. But still loved it all. I was spoiied as before this asgn, I was at Fuchu AS in Tokyo for 2 Yrs
28 August 2021 at 16:40
Michael Marshall, what was your AFSC while at SLK?
28 August 2021 at 18:44
28 August 2021 at 21:22
If you are currently on Facebook, I invite you to join our 6987th Alumni Association Facebook Group. I am in the process of shutting down our Web site by the same name in favor of expanding our Facebook Group. My Web site e-mail address is Webmaster@6987thalumniassociation.org If you still have a copy of your Keesler MIO graduation photo, would you mind sharing a copy with me to display in my collection? Thanks.
30 August 2021 at 19:22
Yogi, I don’t have a facebook acct. May consider a “group” Finally don’t know WTF happened to my grad photo. But the one weekend trip to New Orleans was really worth it too.
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22 April 2022 at 12:47
The Army had me assigned to Sinop in 1964-65 with the ASA . This was my first overseas assignment. At first, I was assigned to the dispensary working with Dr. George Columbo and the dentist, Dr. McCluski (sp?). This as a great experience assisting both with giving shots and at one point being the anesthesiologist than operation downtown that George did on so.me poor soul. They used either at that time. Later, when my clearance came in, I was assigned to COM Center with Sgt. Resnicheck. My roommate was a diamond in the rough who was the accountant for the base and had a part time job as the clerk for the officers’ club. When he shipped out, he got me this job and that turned out to be my introduction to the finest booze there was in the storage room of the club. My or My! Fun dinners at Ali Besch’s Restaurant remain a treasure. My wife and I later returned to Turkey for one heck of a vacation.
7 September 2022 at 22:24
My first Active Duty Station. Loved it! 1976-77