2016 Reunion - Sept. 22-25 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Washington DC - Crystal City. Click for Reunion Registration Forms and Info


President's Message

Greetings Cacti Brothers. It’s spring! This is the time to get ready for nice weather. There is cleaning to do, like yard work, and gardens to prepare, etc. Time also for warm weather pleasures, like golf, motorcycles, cars, barbecues, or whatever else it is you love to do.

I would like to report we made our goal in the fund raising for the Cacti Centennial Ball in Hawaii.  The generosity and work to raise the funds by our membership is greatly appreciated. Many of our members are making the trip to Hawaii for the ball and it’s not too late to make reservations if you haven’t already. The info for that is right here on our website. 

Our scholarship date of April 15th has passed for 2016, but the need for funds has not, so if you can, please donate.

Our reunion in Washington DC is five months away, but we have many reservations already made. It looks to be a big one so I wouldn’t waste time making reservations. The information and forms for that are right here on our website, too.

The majority of our membership is now of retirement age and more of us, sadly, are dying.  I know we all have at least one buddy we have not been in contact with since leaving the military that we wonder about. It’s time to find him or her now! A few of us in the Association have some experience in doing this. We, including myself, would be glad to help you.

Have fun and be safe this year. I hope to see all of you this September.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)

President 35th Infantry Regiment Association

Are you a Facebook user? If so you might want to join the Cacti 35th Infantry Regiment Association page run by Immediate Past President Bill Henson.

2016 Cacti Reunion T-Shirts

Order Deadline 3 September 2016

Dark grey w/pocket reunion shirt is only available pre-paid by mail order. It is $25 for pickup at the reunion, after the General Business Meeting on Saturday. Send orders to me before 3 September with payment for pick-up at the reunion. If you want it mailed, add $5 S&H. Don't forget to include size.

Make checks payable to and Send to:





Want to support the Cacti Centennial Celebration AND get a little something?

How about a Cacti T-Shirt?

For Orders contact 1LT Zach Farkas at zach.farkas1@gmail.com or call 609-602-6663


NOT a Member? Or your Membership has Lapsed? Three times a year John Lorts, Editor, and Bill Henson, Associate Editor, create 32-44 pages of your Cacti history and news about our Active Cacti. As a Member you receive this excellent publication as a benefit. If you haven't seen the Cacti Times in its full color version we have a treat for you. Follow this link for a blast from the past. The 2014 Spring Edition: Click HERE to see what you are missing.

Can't wait to become a Member? Open and Print the Membership Form HERE



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!


Alternative Accommodations for the Cacti Centennial in Hawaii.

With the room block being very minimal at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, site of the Centennial Ball, our counterparts at Schofield Barracks have come up with a great alternative, the Hale Koa Hotel, located 4/10th of a mile from the Hawaiian Village.

The Hale Koa Hotel on Fort DeRussy Armed Forces Recreation Center is a resort serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The Hotel was built and financed by military personnel with their own funds and now operates on a self-sustaining basis. Please review www.halekoa.com.

If this alternative interests you, please note that retired and 100% disabled are eligible to make reservations on your own. If you are not in one of these categories, you cannot register without a sponsor. However, our Cacti contacts at Schofield will provide sponsorship for you.

To accomplish this, I will need your full name, company served in, and days you would like to stay, by date.  You will then be assigned a sponsor based on your company name (regardless of your battalion) who will call the Hale KOA and sponsor you for those dates. Once the sponsorship is established, you will be notified of completion of the reservation.

Please respond by email or phone as soon as possible. Cacti Forever!

Peter J Birrow, Past President, Liaison to the Battalion

35th Infantry Regiment Assoc Bravo, 2nd BN Vietnam 1968/69

PH: 978-621-2059  Email: birrowp@hotmail.com


Soon to arrive in your mailbox is our Dues Notice for our Annual Members. Please consider renewing now. Also, contribution letters have been sent to our Life Members. Your contributions in the past have helped your Association to construct the Cacti Memorial at the Ft. Benning 'Walk of Honor'. Your dues and contributions make it possible for your Association to provide Scholarships for your children and grandchildren. In addition, this year your Association has taken on the sponsorship of the Annual Cacti Ball in Celebration of 100 Years of Cacti Achievements. YOUR Achievements.

Celebrating 100 Years of Cacti Achievement

Your Association has taken on a new challenge this year. In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the founding of the 35th Infantry Regiment, we have taken on the sponsorship of the Cacti Ball. With the cutbacks in military spending it has become increasingly difficult for our active Cacti to raise funds for this annual event. It becomes particularly poignant when we realize this is a celebration of 100 years of Cacti Pride. Our goal is to make this event affordable for every active duty Cacti so that they might carry that pride forward wherever they might be assigned. In addition, we will be able to use a portion of those funds to support bringing outstanding active duty Cacti to our own 18th Annual Reunion. Our goal is to raise $15,000 prior to the May 1st, the date tickets go on sale for this year's Cacti Ball. The active Cacti of today take particular pride in Your sacrifices and achievements. The Cacti Ball is the embodiment of that pride. Please help us to make this possible.

In addition to our 2016 annual reunion in Washington DC, members may be interested in joining our active duty Cacti in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the 35th Infantry Regiment.

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




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 the war.



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.


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

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