Southern Cross information
for 198 BDE 23 INF
5/46 INF 23 INF

For date 681124

198 BDE 23 INF was a US Army unit
5/46 INF 23 INF was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Quang Tin Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Khuong Hiep
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "'Self-Help' Builds Village A Market." CHU LAI - Over a period of three months the people of Khuong Hiep, a village a little more than a mile north of the An Tan River bridge on Highway 1, worked diligently mixing and laying cement, constructing pillars, and roofing their new marketplace. Finally late in September, the marketplace, one of the projects supervised by the 6th Civic Affairs Plt. based in Chu Lai, proudly was opened with an elaborate ceremony. Gifts Presented With flags flying atop the main entrance and an honor guard of American and Vietnamese soldiers, district officials, district officials and civil affairs soldiers sat on a platform, while gifts were presented to the men who supervised the construction and those who provided materials. The CA platoon provided the lumber, sand and gravel and transportation for some materials. The 3rd Bn., 16th Arty, gave bricks, and the CORDS organization (Civil Organization for Revolutionary Development Support) supplied roofing and cement. All the construction was done by the people of Khuong Hiep. 'One Of Our Better Projects' "Really the people have to build it themselves to give them the feeling that it is their project. They drew up the plans themselves--we modified them only slightly because of available materials," said platoon leader 1LT Phillip M. Ostenso. "I feel it's one of our better projects. And judging from the reactions of the hamlet chief and elders, they too are quite proud of it."

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