2016 Reunion - Sept. 22-25 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Washington DC
- Crystal City. Click for Reunion
Registration Forms and Info
Want to support the Cacti
Centennial Celebration AND get a little something?
How about a Cacti T-Shirt?
For Orders contact
1LT Zach Farkis at
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Scholarship Time is upon us.
It is time to remind our members that Scholarship Applications are
due no later than April 15th of this year. This past year we were
fortunate to be able to award seven Scholarships to Your grandchildren.
The time is now to remind these kids to begin preparing their
applications for submission. Full details can be had by clicking
Scholarship Application Form is available to print
Celebrating 100 Years of
Your Association has
taken on a new challenge this year. In recognition of the Centennial
Celebration of the founding of the 35th Infantry Regiment, we have taken
on the sponsorship of the Cacti Ball. With the cutbacks in military
spending it has become increasingly difficult for our active Cacti to
raise funds for this annual event. It becomes particularly poignant when
we realize this is a celebration of 100 years of Cacti Pride. Our goal
is to make this event affordable for every active duty Cacti so that
they might carry that pride forward wherever they might be assigned. In
addition, we will be able to use a portion of those funds to support
bringing outstanding active duty Cacti to our own 18th Annual Reunion.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 prior to the May 1st, the date tickets go
on sale for this year's Cacti Ball. The active Cacti of today take
particular pride in Your sacrifices and achievements. The Cacti Ball is
the embodiment of that pride. Please help us to make this possible.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES and
LIFE MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS
Soon to arrive in your mailbox is our Dues Notice for our Annual
Members. Please consider renewing now. Also, contribution letters have
been sent to our Life Members. Your contributions in the past have
helped your Association to construct the Cacti Memorial at the Ft.
Benning 'Walk of Honor'. Your dues and contributions make it possible
for your Association to provide Scholarships for your children and
grandchildren. In addition, this year your Association has taken on the
sponsorship of the Annual Cacti Ball in Celebration of 100 Years of
Cacti Achievements. YOUR Achievements.
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
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
Alternative Accommodations for the Cacti Centennial in Hawaii.
With the room block
being very minimal at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, site of the
Centennial Ball, our counterparts at Schofield Barracks have come up
with a great alternative, the Hale Koa Hotel, located 4/10th
of a mile from the Hawaiian Village.
The Hale Koa Hotel on
Fort DeRussy Armed Forces Recreation Center is a resort serving members
of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The Hotel was built and
financed by military personnel with their own funds and now operates on
a self-sustaining basis. Please review
If this alternative interests you, please note
that retired and 100% disabled are eligible to make reservations on your
own. If you are not in one of these categories, you cannot register
without a sponsor. However, our Cacti contacts at Schofield will provide
sponsorship for you.
To accomplish this, I
will need your full name, company served in, and days you would like to
stay, by date. You will then be assigned a sponsor based on your
company name (regardless of your battalion) who will call the Hale KOA
and sponsor you for those dates. Once the sponsorship is established,
you will be notified of completion of the reservation.
Please respond by email
or phone as soon as possible. Cacti Forever!
Peter J Birrow, Past
President, Liaison to the Battalion
Infantry Regiment Assoc Bravo, 2nd BN Vietnam 1968/69
Greetings Fellow Cacti!
The 17th Annual
Reunion at San Diego’s Crowne Plaza was fantastic! It was an excellent
venue and location. Thanks go to Doc Johnson, our reunion coordinator.
2016 looks to be a great
year for the Cacti! The active 2/35 battalion at Schofield Barracks in
Hawaii will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Cacti June
27 – July 1 and we’re invited! Sixty rooms have been blocked at the
Hawaiian Hilton Village at $177 per night.
Washington, DC is the site
for the 18th annual reunion. If you have never been to
Washington, DC, it is indeed a place all veterans should visit. In
addition to the Wall, where we honor those who gave the ultimate
sacrifice, the other monuments, such as the White House and Congress,
give you a sense of history that restores your sense of patriotism and
love of country.
The association is proud
to be able to help our fellow Cacti and families with a host of programs
that include the Scholarship Fund, Troop Support, and Health & Welfare,
etc. These funds depend on the generosity of our members. We hope you
will continue with your support.
I am proud to represent
the Cacti as your President. I will be chairing a board that counts five
sitting past Presidents as members. These men and the other members of
the board are the most dedicated men I’ve ever known.
If you wish to contact me
for anything, my email address is linked on the association page next to
Wiley (Tiny) Dodd
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.
In addition to our 2016 annual reunion in
Washington DC, members may be interested in joining our active duty
Cacti in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the
35th Infantry Regiment.
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
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
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.
TO BE A CACTI
SEVEN 2015 Scholarships
Cacti generosity is again on parade. Earlier this
year, letters were sent to our members requesting donations to our
Scholarship Fund. We believe this is an important project for our
Association and and our Cacti Members agreed. Only through the support
of so many are we able to increase the number of recipients this year.
With grateful thanks to our many contributors the
35th Infantry Regiment Association is proud to announce the Award of
Seven Scholarships in the amount of $1500 each to the following:
Brandon Rodriquez: Grandson
Frank Kravarik, G Co, 2/35th 1952-54
Alexander Gillett: Grandson
Howard Johnson, B Co 1/35th 1968
Haylee Powell: Granddaughter
Don Kieth, FO 2/9th Arty with B Co, 1/35th 1967-68
Madeline Snider: Granddaughter
Thomas Snider, C Co 2/35th 1966-67
Riley Wagner: Grandson Richard
Matheis B Co 2/35th 1970 KIA
Samuel Byrd: Grandson William
Byrd, A Co 2/35th 1962-66
Anna Strong: Granddaughter Don
Keith, FO 2/9th Arty with B Co, 1/35th
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