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
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.
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
ELECTRONIC CACTI TIMES IS OUT !!
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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.
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
Once there you will need to enter
your Email Address
and the Password -
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
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
Winter 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