2015 CACTI Reunion - Sept 24-27 - Crowne Plaza, San Diego, CA - REUNION REGISTRATION FORM

    2014 Reunion Photos are starting to be posted. Click "Reunion" Above     

President's Message

This past year has been a successful one for our Association. New members have joined and membership renewals are on the increase. My hope is that 2015 further strengthens what is one of the largest and most respected regimental associations in the country with a paid membership now topping 1,000. We want to grow that number by at least 100 new members and renewals by lapsed members by 2016, the centennial anniversary of the Regiment’s founding.

Christmas now beckons for those of us who observe it, and during this next year there will be a number of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. In time, those who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq will embrace similar distant milestones, as have our remaining Korea and WW ll Cacti. For each of us, the faces of friends lost to war will never grow old and will always be remembered.

I am entering the final year of my term as president, which has been a privilege. At our 2015 reunion a new Board of Directors will be selected to represent you for 2015-2017 office terms.  In the coming months, the officers will continue to pursue developing membership while asking for your help. In addition, our collective goal is to grow the designated funds for Scholarship Reserve, Troop Support, Health & Welfare, General Scholarship and Cacti Times.

Please consider donations to these funds as 2014 ends. Our annual membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Dues are payable by January 30 of each membership year. The Membership Committee will be mailing a dues reminder to those whose membership have lapsed or will expire December 31, as well as a request for fund contributions.

The 2015 reunion will be September 24-27 at the Crowne Plaza San Diego – Mission Valley. Early registration will begin after the first of the New Year. Finally, in the warmth of your faith, I wish you all that is gentle and good in this season of peace and forgiveness.

Bill Henson, President 35th Infantry Regiment Association





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.




Photos taken at the reunion banquet have been posted online.

These photos will be available free to view online until April.

You can access the pictures by clicking on this LINK.

Once there you will need to enter your Email Address

and the Password - Cacti

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

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


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



The Winter 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