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


President's Message


Greeting Brothers,

The Cacti is now 100 years old, Happy Centennial day!  The celebration and banquet were really great events.  17 Cacti from the association were able to join the actives in Hawaii. To those of you who donated and worked to make this a success thank you!

The Scholarship Committee awarded 4 scholarships for 2016 to four deserving Cacti descendants. We thank you for your donations to make this possible.

I would also like to thank Jack Anderson for organizing the headstone ceremony for Alan Alteri  KIA 6-22-66 (story in the Cacti Times) Great job Jack you make us all proud!

Our 18th Annual Reunion at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington VA Sept. 22nd to the 25th is fast approaching. If you haven’t made your reservations yet I’m sorry to report our room block is filled and for the first time since our reunions began, the hotel will not increase our room allotment at the special rate.  If you make reservations there they will charge you at their standard rate. I understand the Embassy Suites in Arlington is less.  But no matter where you stay we will have the hospitality room open to all Cacti at the Double Tree as well as the banquet. If you stay elsewhere be sure to stop by and register for the Banquet at the hospitality room at the Doubletree.

Safe travels and I look forward to being with the best men I have ever known!

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:






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


Celebrating 100 Years of Service


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!


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. 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



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 minutes 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.


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.