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
Spring 2015 Issue of the Cacti Times, John Lorts,
Editor and Bill Henson, Associate Editor, is out.
sample of page one of this issue. If you haven't
seen the electronic color version
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
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
brought the members of our Association together, and its effects linger.
That’s why each annual reunion serves to bring us closer – not just to
the past but more importantly, to the present. Together, we process
memories and help heal wounds. My sense is that the Cacti experience has
taught me more than nothing else could have.
gathering is really a source of renewable energy for the 35th
Infantry Regiment Association. We have a lot in common, certainly, and
love each other’s company. Members share visits throughout the year and
many search for other Cacti – both the living and the dead; the latter
for whom grave sites are located and recorded for others to pay their
respects. Former President Doc Hall, B Co. 2/35, is particularly
devoted to this research. He has been hugely successful.
we’re approaching our 17th annual reunion Sept. 24-27 at the
Crowne Plaza, San Diego. Secretary and Past President Doc Johnson,
Recon PLT, 2/35, already has added room nights to accommodate those
attending. The venue and location this year are especially attractive;
there is no shortage of things to do whatever your interest or age
group. I hope you plan to attend and will invite another to join us, as
my privilege to serve as president of your Association since the 2013
Virginia Beach reunion. I value the experience and those whose knowledge
and work as board directors have served to keep our organization
healthy, vibrant and inclusive. We have good reason to be proud of our
community of Cacti veterans, spouses and friends.
for making all this possible. I will see you in San Diego!
Bill Henson, President 35th Infantry
Are you a Facebook user? If so you might want to
join the group 35th Infantry Regiment Association run by Bill Henson.
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.
know of someone in need, or are that someone, please contact Pete Birrow
by email by clicking
ALL information is kept
TO BE A CACTI
SEVEN 2015 Scholarships
Cacti generosity is again on parade. Earlier this
year, letters were sent to our members requesting donations to our
Scholarship Fund. We believe this is an important project for our
Association and and our Cacti Members agreed. Only through the support
of so many are we able to increase the number of recipients this year.
With grateful thanks to our many contributors the
35th Infantry Regiment Association is proud to announce the Award of
Seven Scholarships in the amount of $1500 each to the following:
Brandon Rodriquez: Grandson
Frank Kravarik, G Co, 2/35th 1952-54
Alexander Gillett: Grandson
Howard Johnson, B Co 1/35th 1968
Haylee Powell: Granddaughter
Don Kieth, FO 2/9th Arty with B Co, 1/35th 1967-68
Madeline Snider: Granddaughter
Thomas Snider, C Co 2/35th 1966-67
Riley Wagner: Grandson Richard
Matheis B Co 2/35th 1970 KIA
Samuel Byrd: Grandson William
Byrd, A Co 2/35th 1962-66
Anna Strong: Granddaughter Don
Keith, FO 2/9th Arty with B Co, 1/35th
4th INFANTRY IN VIETNAM
Here is another YouTube film we thought you might
enjoy. The story of the "Ivymen" in Vietnam, from their arrival in 1966
through the critical Battle of Dak To in the winter of
1968.Approximately 25 minute long it is a good depiction of our piece of
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.
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
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