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 zach.farkis1@gmail.com or call 609-602-6663

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 HERE. The Scholarship Application Form is available to print HERE.

Celebrating 100 Years of Cacti Achievement

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.



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 HERE


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 Email, today!

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 www.halekoa.com.

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

35th Infantry Regiment Assoc Bravo, 2nd BN Vietnam 1968/69

PH: 978-621-2059  Email: birrowp@hotmail.com


President's Message

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 my name.

Thank You,

Wiley (Tiny) Dodd

President 35th Infantry Regiment Association

Are you 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 Dedication Ceremony



Health & 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.

If you know of someone in need, or are that someone, please contact Pete Birrow by email by clicking HERE.

ALL information is kept confidential



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 the war.



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.




 SEVEN 2015 Scholarships Awarded !!

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

Vietnam KIA Photos Needed

Dick Arnold, 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 Email address.

Vietnam 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 address