New Photos Added - 9/22/2014    

President's Message

Throughout the Association's history, our veterans’ organization has filled a special role for Cacti both past and present. That is never more apparent than at our annual September reunions. Each brings us closer together as a community. We presently number about 1,000 paid annual and Life members, making the 35th Infantry Regiment Association one of the largest and strongest groups of its kind in the country. Through this Web site and our news magazine, "Cacti Times," individual members and the Regiment's history and activities are well reported.

The Association has an uncommonly good record of quiet generosity by many individuals. Their support and skills allows us to celebrate our shared personal military experiences while honoring those who gave all since the Regiment's beginning in1916 at Nogales, AZ. LTC Ryan O’Connor, the 2/35 Battalion Commander, has told us there will be a special celebration in 2016 at Schofield Barracks, HI to observe the centennial anniversary of the Regiment. The event is still in the planning stage, but promises to be a substantial commemoration of the 35th Infantry Regiment over a week-long period. All Cacti have an open invitation to attend. More information from the Battalion will be available in the coming months. 

Observance of the Regiment’s centennial is but one indicator that there is no limitation for our continued growth. There remain numerous Cacti who have yet to join the Association, or made the commitment to renew their membership each January. I hope those who either haven’t become a member or whose membership has lapsed during the past few years will consider this a personal invitation to join us. We’d love to meet you or see you again. 

This is certainly not a one-time request. Spread the word, if you will, to help the Association add 100 more paid members to the roster by 2016. Membership costs are low -- $15.00 annually if you elect to receive the “Cacti Times” by e-mail (in full color) or $25.00 a year if a hard copy sent via surface mail is preferred. 

We have an extraordinary community that was assembled one member at a time during the past 16 years. Come see for yourself at one of our popular annual reunions.

Bill Henson, President 35th Infantry Regiment Association

Health & Welfare. Do YOU know someone in Need??

The Association's Health and Welfare Account currently has a very positive balance. To date, there has been only one request for financial assistance for the fiscal year of 2014. Obviously more requests could be accommodated, but we have no knowledge of these situations. But maybe YOU can help from today and into the future. Should you be aware of a Cacti Brother that has fallen on hard times, suffered a loss such as a hurricane or a flood, has medical issues and is uninsurable, or anything else that cries for help, please be his ombudsman. These Health and Welfare funds were donated by you, our caring members, to be used for those in need not just to be saved for a rainy day. Please let us know about your brothers in need.

If you know of someone in need, or are that someone, please contact Pete Birrow by email by clicking HERE.

ALL information is kept confidential.

 

FACES NEVER FORGOTTEN WITH JOE GALLOWAY

This short film, from youtube is about Joe Galloway's experiences as a reporter in Vietnam and his coming to grips with them following the war. We thought you might enjoy this short but emotional clip. Simply click on the link below to view.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA9Dp1S3Ez4&feature=share

 

 

REUNION PHOTOS ONLINE

Photos taken at the reunion banquet have been posted online.

These photos will be available free to view online until December 27.

You can access the pictures by clicking on this LINK.

Once there you will need to enter your Email Address

and the Password - Cacti

VA Suicide Prevention ► 1, 2, Many Project

More than 8,000 Veterans per year take their own lives. On average, that’s 667 per month, 154 per week, 22 per day, or one Veteran every 65 minutes. A lesser-known statistic is that more than half of these Veterans are 50 years or older. In the past two years, much ado has been made about Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries—and rightfully so. For an increasing number of Veterans, the sense of urgency for wellness is steadily increasing and beginning to trump their fears or perceived shame of asking for help.

Why are so many Veterans in crisis? For many of these heroes, there were no ticker tape parades, pomp and circumstance, or welcome home celebrations. While their reasoning is varied, many Veterans and family members continue to struggle with behavioral health challenges, a dissociative sense of belonging, and untimely or unavailable medical care. As a retired U.S. Air Force member and former Air Force special agent, Timothy Lawson investigated numerous Veteran suicides. Though many Veterans authored suicide notes and wills, some did not. Others replaced the notes with final telephone calls or goodbye emails. Common responses from family members included: “I just thought he/she was going through a rough spot,” or “Why didn’t his/her friends or supervisors intervene to help?”

So, how do we battle this epidemic? Marine veteran Lawson created the “1, 2, Many Project” and corresponding podcast to provide a powerful, in-depth focus on why Veterans consider, attempt and succeed in ending their own lives. Veterans participating in the project convey greater visibility and understanding of the issue, as they “walk” Tim through their decision-making processes, suicidal ideations and attempts. Furthermore, friends and loved ones relay their innermost feelings, daily struggles, and coping strategies in processing the sudden and seemingly unexplained deaths of Veterans closest to them. Most importantly, listeners learn how they and others can recognize, engage and act to assist Veterans in need. To learn more about the 1, 2, Many Project, visit http://one2manyproject.com, on Facebook at 1, 2, Many Project, or via Twitter at https://twitter.com/One2ManyProject. [Source: VAntage Point | Corey Christman | Aug 15, 2014 ++]

2014 Cacti Scholarship Awards

When it comes to generosity, no one outperforms the Cacti Membership. Because we have so many who have given for this very worthy cause, we have been able to increase our award amounts from three $1,500 scholarships. We are pleased to announce this years award recipients. They are:

Emory Bruno - Granddaughter of Charles Emory, Battery C 2/9th Arty, FO attached to C Co 2/35th, KIA 3/21/1967

Jacob Chance - Grandson of Vincent Lamonica, D Co 2/35th 1968-69

Karlee Jorgenson - Granddaughter of Orville Hanson, HHC 1/35th 1952

Congratulations to these three outstanding Cacti grandchildren. Our best wishes go with you throughout your life.

Scholarship Committee - Wiley "Tiny" Dodd, Mike Slyck, Bill Burdick, Bob Maves

WAR STORIES SECTION:

The War Stories Section has turned into a huge success with almost 50 stories written by our Cacti Members. Got a “Cacti Story?”  It can be a battle story,  A funny or sad story. Just put it down the way you remember it. If you want a “creative license” to embellish a little you got it. Only rule is not to be malicious.

Submit them to Wiley "Tiny" Dodd by Email, today!

35th Infantry Regiment Monument at Ft Benning Walk of Honor

Monument Dedication Photos Posted (View Here)

 Follow the link below to view Video of the Monument Dedication Ceremony

http://youtu.be/daOxXIRe2gA

 

The Summer 2014 Issue of the Cacti Times, John Lorts, Editor and Bill Henson, Associate Editor, is out.

Here's a sample of page one of this issue. If you haven't seen the electronic color version Click Here to see what you're missing. Members wishing to change from a Mailed to Emailed Times may email Don "Doc" Johnson, our Secretary, to Sign Up.

Vietnam KIA Photos Needed

Dick Arnold, Doc Hall, and Pete Birrow have been gathering KIA Photos for a number of years. Their work has added immensely to our mission to memorialize our war dead. But we still need a few more. Click Here to view a list of Vietnam KIA photos needed. If you're a fellow Cacti, or a friend or family member, please consider sending a photo to Dick Arnold at his Email address.

 

Vietnam War - Gravesite Location Project

Doc Hall and Pete Birrow have been compiling a list of gravesites for our Vietnam KIAs for some time now. Through personal visits and searches on the web they have located hundreds. The information is now available by Clicking Here. If you have personal knowledge of a gravesite not found on the list, please contact Doc Hall at his Email address