Nearly five years ago the 35th Infantry Regiment Association initiated a
key project involving the creation of a separate Scholarship Reserve
Fund to provide a stable source of educational aid to the children and
grandchildren of past and present Cacti. It has been well received;
support for this designated reserve has allowed us to increase our three
annual $1,000 awards to $1,500. A tax-deductible contribution to the
Scholarship Reserve Fund each year for the next five years will help
sustain this program. Such a commitment embodies the spirit of our
Association, which is why we again are asking those who are able to
commit to an annual donation of $100, $150, $250, $500, or even more for
a five-year period. We want to generate enough new participation and
employer matching gift contributions to continue the project for the
Association is also asking for additional donations to the Troop Support
Fund. The series of automatic spending cuts to the federal government is
divided equally between defense and non-defense funding, which has
significantly impacted discretionary spending by our active Regiment.
The sequestration is why LTC. Ryan O’Connor could not send any soldiers
to the 2014 Cacti reunion. He attended at his own expense.
hope you can continue your support or become a supporter, of the
Scholarship Reserve and Troop Support Funds. If so, check the
appropriate contribution box below and send a check payable to the 35th
Infantry Regiment Association to Don “Doc” Johnson, Secretary, 35th
Infantry Regiment Assn., 14516 Shenandoah Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70817.
Please note “Scholarship Reserve Fund” or “Troop Support” in the subject
line of your check.
unable to commit to being part of the reserve program but wish to donate
to the General Scholarship Fund, please do. We welcome contributions to
that fund, as well as Health & Welfare, The Cacti Times and the General
Fund. Please indicate the intended fund for which you want to donate on
your check. Your gift is gratefully appreciated and will be fully used
Scholarship Reserve Commitment (Can be paid annually or one single
___ $100 per year for five years ___ $150 per year
for five years
___ $250 per year for five years ___ $500 per year
for five years
___ Other (amount per year for five years $__________)
Troop Support _______
Bill Henson, President 35th Infantry
Season is just around the
is the time to get on the kids and grandkids to begin preparing
applications for scholarship from the Association. Don't wait until the
last minute. Deadline for
applications is April 15.
Application guidelines and forms can be accessed by clicking
"Association" above and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
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