Hsinchu  新竹市


Hsinchu, was most commonly know to US service folks as the city about half-way between Taipei and Taichung. The Hsinchu NCO Club, with signs on Highway 1, pointing to the club, just a short block off the highway, offered a sanctuary for travelers to rest and recover from a grueling highway journey up or down the island.

Many of you will remember what you encountered on the drive.  In addition to the duce-and-a-half civilian trucks taking up most of the roadway, belching out their thick black exhaust diesel engine soot, you had to be on a constant look-out for ROC military vehicles and jeeps, petty cabs, taxis, pedestrians  walking everywhere,  farmers on and off the highway, farmers hauling carts, farmers pulling their carts,  road construction always on-going with little if any signage to indicate road work, farmers oxen wandering along the ditch, and many other distractions too numerous to mention.  Let’s just say, driving in Taiwan in the early days was difficult and exhausting.  There were few places between Taipei and Taichung were you could pass a slow moving anything that was in front of your vehicle.  Driving times between Taipei and Taichung could take 6-8 hours on a good day. 

So, finally arriving in Hsinchu, everyone stopped at the NCO Club exhausted and tired.  Fortunately, the club personnel were friendly and always ready to cook just what you wanted and the atmosphere was quiet and peaceful.  After a time of refreshing, it was back to the highway and on to your destination.  

Most of us paid little attention to our Hsinchu folks not knowing just where they were stationed at, the area or bases.  As with other places on the island, most assignments were at outposts and few US military were at any one post.  Handfuls of military were stationed here and there, throughout the island, helping our ROC counterparts.

In our Hsinchu pages that follow, we will explore Hsinchu and the surrounding areas, as they were, “back in the day.”

These were exciting days for the folks that called Hsinchu home.  Come along with us now, we are opening the doors to the past. 

Many have already gone on; it has been more than 50 years ago that many of these photographs were taken by folks like you and me, living their lives, in Hsinchu 新竹市. 


Contributors to our Hsinchu pages   







 The Aandahl family resided in Hsinchu from 1954 to 1977.

The Aandahl story begins here

The Rayle family resided in Hsinchu from 1957 to 1959

The Rayle story begins here