Our 18th Annual
Reunion in Washington DC is behind us. It was a good one. For those of
you visiting the Wall for the first time, I know it was a very emotional
time. I have been to the Wall four times and it is always an emotional
experience to see all of those names.
The hotel and banquet were
also very good and well done. My thanks go to Don “Doc” Johnson
for his hard work and dedication in setting everything up. It’s not an
easy job! We look forward now to the 19th Annual Reunion at
the Ramada Plaza in Springfield, Missouri.
The Cacti Association has
had a busy year, joining the actives for the Centennial Banquet and
Celebration. Attending KIA ceremonies for recently identified Cacti
soldiers from the Korean War and the headstone dedication for Alan
Alteri in California. All of these make me proud to be a member of
We also awarded four
scholarships this year to the descendants of our members. I think it’s
an important part of who we are, and is important for our legacy. I
thank all of you who contributed and worked to make this happen. To
sustain this program, I hope we can continue to count on your
We also have a Health and
Welfare Fund for Cacti who have fallen on hard times. If you, or another
member you know, have fallen on hard times, contact Pete Birrow
BirrowP@hotmail.com or 727-258-8698. This information will be held
Infantry Regiment Association
a Facebook user? If so you might want to join the Cacti 35th Infantry
Regiment Association page run by Immediate Past President Bill Henson.
Most of us in the 35th
Infantry Regiment Cacti Association would wish that we could
offer each qualified applicant to our scholarship program a
full scholarship each year.
The financial realities, of
course, are far short of this requiring some rather severe
compromises. But we must plan and work toward the
best compromise we can obtain.
We ask the membership yearly
to contribute toward a pot of funds that are used to
monetize these funds. We know that the membership often
gets tired of being asked again and again for help with this
funding but at the same time most of us feel that this is
one of the most worthwhile things that we do.
So we will continue to ask
and we may even step up our efforts in order to be able to
award the greatest amount of financial support to the
largest number of qualified Cacti family members.
Realistically at this time
the best we may be able to do is to give out a one time
award of $1500 to a limited number of applicants. But
if we work hard, and you are generous, we
may at least be able to
increase the number of scholarships awarded in any given
year and perhaps even increase the dollar amount in some
We need to do what we can to
place this program on a solid foundation. Your generosity
is the key.
There are currently two
different target fund sources in use to try and maximize and
stabilize our ability to award scholarships.
One is, of course, your
donation to the Scholarship fund itself. The more that you
give to this fund the more $1500 scholarships we can award.
A simple explanation of the number of such awards that will
be given is to take the total amount of scholarship funds
available at the end of a given year and then divide it by
$1500. The whole number that results represents the number
of awards that can be given in the coming year. (For
instance if we have $9,000 in the fund at the end of the
year and we divide this by $1,500 then we can award 6
Scholarships for the year following. If we have $4000 in
the fund and divide by $1500 then we can only fund two $1500
a simple explanation using a $1500 scholarship target which
has been deemed the minimum desirable award.
This brings us to the second
of our funds. Confusing as it may seem this fund is
referred to as the “Scholarship Reserve” fund. This is our
attempt to hedge against poorer years for scholarship fund
Basically, the idea here is
to obtain commitments from those of us who can afford this
to pledge a certain amount of money per year to this “hedge”
fund that will allow us to comfortably set a minimum amount
of $1500 scholarships a year.
Currently we are looking at
4 scholarships as our minimum desirable number. So in the
case of example 2 above $4,000 in the fund at the end of the
year divided by $1500 would allow for 2 scholarships with a
left over amount of $1000.
Using the “Scholarship
Reserve” fund (assuming that it has enough funds to do this
then we would still be able to award the minimum amount of 4
scholarships by utilizing $2500 from this fund.
So simply put the
“Scholarship Reserve” fund is a hedge to assure a minimum
amount of scholarships to be counted on every year while the
Scholarship fund may allow us to go above the minimum amount
For those us who feel like
they can contribute a yearly amount to the “Scholarship
Reserve” fund we would ideally ask that you pledge at least
$100 per year over a 5 year period to this fund. A larger
contribution is, of course, welcome and even a larger
contribution in any given year would be beneficial. (ie you
give $100 annually for 4 years but find yourself able to
give $200 (or more) in a 5th year.)
Giving to the “Scholarship
Reserve” should not preclude giving to the Scholarship fund
itself. Any amount given to the scholarship fund is welcome
and helpful and certainly multiple contributions during the
year, as you find yourself able to contribute, would be even
it is, our first appeal to you following the 2016 reunion to
give until it hurts in an effort to help the children and
grandchildren of the Cacti. Sorry but you will hear from us
again. Please forgive us this intrusion. With your help we
will make the best effort we can to help these kids.
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
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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
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.
know of someone in need, or are that someone, please contact Pete Birrow
by email by clicking
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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 minutes 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.
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