late 1971 Vung Tau airfield was all but shut down. All the runways
were torn up but one, and all the Army units were transferred or
bars in the city were shut down. ARVN troops gathered up a lot of
the "barmaids" and moved them around to different bases
to "entertain" the Vietnamese troops. The noise ordinance
against the loud music was enforced, no more "Rock & Roll."
MP's moved to a hotel downtown. There were 48 MP's left and the
town was almost void of US personnel.
Beach was still used as an R&R site for the AirCav.
population in 1971 was 25 thousand. Today it is 650 thousand. People
who have been back to Vung Tau in the last decade have all told
me the same thing, over population, and everything it brings has
all but ruined the "city."
of the people who lived in Vung Tau in 1970 no longer live there,
a lot of them don't even live in Vietnam. The communists moved down
from the north and brought friends and families to work for the
oil companies that are now working the fields the USA found in 1969.
you want to go back, do it soon, for obvious reasons.