Army Reporter information
for 223 CSAB

For date 690106

223 CSAB was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
South Vietnam
Location, Qui Nhon
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "Americal girl, 11, helps orphans here" dated 6 Jan 1969. An 11-year-old girl has enlisted the support of her elementary school in a project to share Christmas joy with war ravaged Vietnamese children. Patty Bayer, of Rolla, Mo., began her project when she read a letter to her sixth grade class at Benton Elementary School. It was written by her father, LTC William S. Bayer, commander to the 223rd CSAB stationed here. In the letter, Bayer explained that his aviation battalion had adopted as their civic action project a Save-the-Children-Fund convalescent center near it. The center cares for 55 children between one and 14 years old whose parents have been killed by VC terrorists or are unable to care for them. Many of the children themselves were wounded by the VC. The colonel asked for help in a Christmas project, listing items that could be used for a Christmas party such as lights and decorations, building blocks, knitting needles, wool yarn, toy cars, picture books, crayons, soft toys, and wall pictures. Seeing the enthusiastic reaction of her class, Bayer's daughter took the letter and pictures that came with it to all the other classrooms in the school. Excited by the chance to make other children happy and support their soldiers in Vietnam, the school children gathered gifts which are on their way to the children's center.
Comments: LTC Bayer, William S.; Bn CO; ;

The source for this information was 6901AR.AVN supplied by Les Hines

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