New Photos Added - 9/22/2014
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.
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.
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.
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
Bill Henson, President 35th Infantry
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
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.
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
Once there you will need to enter
your Email Address
and the Password -
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
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:
Bruno - Granddaughter of
Charles Emory, Battery C 2/9th Arty, FO attached to C Co 2/35th,
Chance - Grandson of
Vincent Lamonica, D Co 2/35th 1968-69
Jorgenson - Granddaughter of
Orville Hanson, HHC 1/35th 1952
these three outstanding Cacti grandchildren. Our best wishes go with you
throughout your life.
Committee - Wiley "Tiny" Dodd, Mike Slyck, Bill Burdick, Bob
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
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
Summer 2014 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
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