In South Vietnam, there is one Untied States Army Unit that's not winding down its activities in the country.
In South Vietnam, there is one Untied States Army Unit that's not winding down its activities in the country. In fact, the size of its staff is increasing and it's expected to expand to 2000 next year.
It is the property Disposal Unit, a group which has the task of selling the mounting tons of rejected and surplus Army goods being left behind by U.S. troops.
At Long Binh Army Base, the United States Army has established what is reported to be the biggest junkyard in the world. Covering 450 acres, the junkyard is now the base for equipment worth 30 million dollars (II million, sterling).
As the U.S. troops pull out of South Vietnam, they are leaving behind jeeps, air conditioners, typewriters, office furniture and caravan trailers: in fact everything needed for an army that once numbered 500,000 men. Items are being sold at prices as low as a twentieth of their original cost.
SYNOPSIS: It has been reported to be the biggest junkyard in the world. This is the United States Army Base of Long Binh in South Vietnam which has now become the auction house for millions of tons of rejected and surplus American army goods. As the U.S. troops pull out of the country, they leave behind jeeps, air-conditioners, typewrites, office furniture, personnel carriers and tanks. At the rate of 300 truck-loads a day, it has all been brought to Long Binh, stacked and sold off to the highest bidder. The Long Binh junkyard covers 450 acres and holds 40,000 tons of rejected equipment valued at 30 thousand dollars. Weapons and military vehicles beyond repair are demilitarised, and broken up for scrap metal, to be later sold as blocks of smelting material. Everything is sold at rock-bottom prices, about a twentieth of the original cost.
Ammunition has to be destroyed, to make sure it doesn't get into the wrong hands. The responsibility for the sale of all this equipment falls on the Property Disposal Unit of the United States Army. The unit has been forced to expand its staff to handle the mountain of figures, estimates and prices involved in the sale of the goods. Biggest sales are of cars, trucks, buses, mattresses and air-conditioners. It has got to the stage however where Vietnam cannot absorb all the excess equipment being left behind. Most of it is now being sent to Singapore and the Philippines.