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5014. On Friday June 24, 2016, the 35th Infantry Regiment Association honored PFC Allan J. Altieri, who was killed in action on June 24, 1966 while serving in Vietnam. His grave at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in California had been unmarked for 50 years. I am a friend on Allan and his family. The grave marker was ordered, his sister Barbara and nephew Joey were in attendance. The ceremony was made possible by the outpouring of thoughtfulness of so many people. Jack Anderson of the 35th IRA, VFW Post #2323 in Granada Hills, the Patriot Guard Riders of Southern California, Retired Army Colonel (Chaplin) Amos Clemmons, the Glendale High School Choir and friends of the family. Thank yous go to all that participated or attended. Special thanks go to Jack Anderson, first and foremost, he is shining member of your organization. The 35th IFR should be proud of having a man of his character in their organization. God bless your association and the USA.

DAVID PERSSON -- DAMMERON VALLEY UT USA -- 06/28/2016
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5013. : Tomorrow, I will stand grave side with my mother: Honoring the love of her life that was taken away on June 24, 1966. 50 years is a long time, but my mother says it seems more like 15. I'm proud of his sacrifice. I'm proud of you all. I would be remiss to not say that I would rather have had him in my life. I had the pleasure of meeting many of you in Orlando and Lexington several years ago. You all will forever hold a special place in my heart. Please pause to remember Sgt Jerry Hiott Williams: Husband of Irmgard Elise, father of a 1-year daughter, 4 year old and 6 year old sons. One day in the Pleiku Province changed out lives forever.

David Williams -- Easley SC USA -- 06/24/2016
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5012. FYI: If you want to download pdfs of the maps that we used in the field in Vietnam, here is the website. I just downloaded a boatload of them. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/vietnam/vietnam_index.html

Dave Muxo -- Orem UT USA -- 06/21/2016
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5011. The Recon/E co.2/35th Annual Reunion Luncheon will be at the Epic Smokehouse Restaurant Arlington VA Friday September 23rd 1pm

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 06/20/2016
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5010. Thank you so much for this tribute to my darlin' brother. I had never before seen this photograph of him. He looks so wonderful! For such a short life, it's good to see there were moments of happiness. I have been left with a terrible vision of his last moments. The image you posted is the one I will keep closer.

Miriam Haddock MacCarthy -- White Stone VA USA -- 06/17/2016
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5009. Does anyone have the 1/35th battalion log for 11-29-69? Or do you know where I can find it? I'm writing my recollections of my tour in 1969-70 and that is the date that I lost two squad members, Bob Clements and Jim McCarthy to friendly fire. I have complete logs for July and August of 1969 if anyone is interested.

Dave Muxo -- Orem Ut USA -- 06/17/2016
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5008. Guys, over 200 new photos are now posted from Roger Ladd, B&HHC 1/35th 1967-68. Take a look!

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 06/13/2016
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5007. Bravo 2/35th Sixteenth Annual Luncheon. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Arlington VA Sept 22 – 25 2016, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 23rd we will be at King Street Blues, 1648 Crystal Square Arcade Arlington VA. A 70 seat room has been provided for us at no cost so that we can enjoy our luncheon @ 1:00 pm followed by a business meeting. Menu of five lunches to pre-order. Please write choices on your check. Elwood: House smoked pulled pork BBQ. Catfish Po’Boy: Cajun fried with lettuce, chopped tomato and remoulade. Chikin Sammich: Lettuce, tomato/w bacon, smoked gouda, and avocado dip. Roadtrip Burger: Half pound burger topped with American cheese and bacon. Cobb Salad: Grilled chicken, bacon, blue cheese, tomato, avocado dip. Price: $16.00 pp includes meal, beverage, tax, tip. Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. All reservations have to be received before Sept 20th. BRAVO 2/35…BEE THERE or BEE HUNGRY

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 06/10/2016
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5006. Was not able to make a post in time for Memorial Day because my wife had a stroke last month and I spent most of my time with her at the hospital. She is getting better now, thank God. We have been married over 52 years. I would like to remember two of the best friends I have ever had, Sgt Robert Kinny of Kingston, Ontario Canada and SSG James C. Haugh of Terre Haute, Indiana, both killed in action, Bob Kinny killed in 1967 and Jimmy Haugh killed in 1968 on his 2nd tour with the 101st AB. His first tour was with me and Bob Kinny in Recon Platoon HHC 1/35 Inf in 1966. You were both two of the best soldiers I ever served with and two of the best friends I ever had. I will never forget the times we three had at Pleiku base camp when we were on stand downs. We did some crazy stuff and had a lot of fun together. I also remember the times in combat when your professionalism as soldiers was very apparent. I will never forget you guys until the day they bury me. Rest in peace my friends. Chuck Norris, former SSG HHC 1/35. Cacti Forever

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 06/10/2016
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5005. Thanks to Dave Muxo, we just posted over 100 photos by Carl Eckelberry, A, 1/35th 1967-68. Take a look!

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 06/08/2016
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5002. I made it to the Wall today (June 4th) I had some doubts that I could. But I haven't missed this weekend in over 25 years and thank God I did make it. For my Pal Guinn. I'll always miss you and remember you, It wasn't a long visit today but you are always in my heart and mind. -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/05/2016
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5001. Thank you to the representative of 1/35 who had arrangement placed on the grave of Thomas Norris, KIA 11/13/68. It was very nice. Thanks to all who gave their all. A proud patriot.

Mary -- Beckley WV USA -- 05/30/2016
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5000. This Memorial Day let us give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy because of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I want to dedicate this Memorial Day to my buddy Mike Branin C 1/35 who made that sacrifice on November 13, 1968. Although it was 48 years ago it seems like yesterday. That day will forever remain a snapshot, a picture even a DVD that I may look at any time I choose. There was nothing more but to comfort Mike that morning, however I did escort him home at the request of his parents. Let us not forget the families and friends of these warriors for they also bear the pain and sorrows of war. I will march in the Memorial Day Parade in Jackson, NJ and Mike will be with me because he aint heavy he's my brother.

Tim Baranyay -- Whiting NJ USA -- 05/29/2016
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4999. On this Memorial Day, as always, remembering those to gave everything on March 12, 1967. With special thoughts and forever memories of Sp4 Andrew Castelda. Missed this holiday and everyday.

A Friend --  USA -- 05/28/2016


4998. On December 11, 2011 Cacti SGT CHRISTOPHER L. MUNIZ died in the performance of his duties in Afghanistan. He was the first known Cuyama High School graduate to die in combat. To HONOR his memory a memorial scholarship fund was opened by the Cuyama Valley Exchange Club, to be funded with donations plus profits from a Memorial Day BBQ, prepared by Sgt. Muniz's Coach/Teacher, BIFF CHARLTON. The scholarship award is $1,000. and is awarded based on a Cuyama HS student exhibiting those leadership traits that made Sgt. Muniz the outstanding young man he was. The award is presented upon proof of enrollment in a college (50%), and upon completion of first semester classes (50%). The BBQ will be held on Memorial Day, May 29, 2016. Donations can be made to the “Cuyama Valley Exchange Club Muniz Memorial Fund” and are tax deductible. The address is: Cuyama Joint Unified School District, 2300 Hwy. 166, New Cuyama, CA. 93254. Jack Anderson, 35th Inf. Reg. Assn., VP Special Projects

Jack Anderson -- Cameron Park CA USA -- 05/26/2016
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4997. This memorial day I hope each and everyone says a prayer for those who gave it all so that we may have so much in our lives- remembering Robert Lynn Shook--KIA Aug-69--my big brother love and miss him still.

Freddie Shook -- Adel GA USA -- 05/25/2016
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4996. On this day, 20MAY67, my oldest brother, Joseph Ledesma, Jr., a member of C-2/35 was KIA in the Battle of Vinh Hien. Also KIA were Roland Rush and Gary Killian. Have never, will never, forget you bro.

David Ledesma -- San Jose CA USA -- 05/21/2016
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4995. May 19, 1967 A/1/35 3rd Bde was under the operational control of the 25th Infantry Div. There are dates we all remember and some we forget but when your Army comrades die beside you or take their last breath cradled in your arms you don't forget,never! It was only the beginning. They will be forever young in my eyes. RIP LT Everett Johnson, Paulding, OH; PFC Walter Geiger, Glendale, NY; PFC Kenyon Bean, Willliston, ND

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/19/2016
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4994. 49 years ago today My dad, Lt Everett E Johnson Jr along with Walter T Geiger and Kenyon Bean gave the ultimate sacrifice at Duc Pho. RIP and know you are missed every day by your family's and friends. And thank you Cacti for showing me how you care for "family". I look forward to seeing all of you again at the reunion in DC this year.

Mike Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/19/2016
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4993. Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Luncheon Friday, September 23, 2016 Welcome Aboard! This year we will have our reunion luncheon on the Spirit of Washington cruise ship sailing along the Potomac River and enjoying an onboard historical tour of some of the most iconic landmarks in the country. The cruise will include: • A two-hour cruise on the Potomac River • Delicious lunch buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts (see menu below) • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water • The best views of the Washington Monument, National Harbor, Old Town Alexandria and other D.C. sights • Onboard entertainment and upbeat DJ music for fun from start to finish • Creative cocktails, wine and beer from our well-stocked cash bar The space on the ship is limited so we have to commit contractually and pay in advance for our defined area. Our discounted cost is $57.35 per person, which includes the cruise, the buffet lunch, taxes and fees. I request that by June 1 you send a check to cover your participants to: Thomas J. Blue, 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Lady’s Island, SC 29907.

Thomas (TJ) Blue -- Beaufort SC USA -- 05/14/2016
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4992. Had a chance to visit with an old Cacti who was here in the hospital. Gene Lavey who was wounded north of Seoul Feb. 14 1951 had a med problem and was flown to Billings. He and I grew up together in Valley City, ND He was with Love company I was with Item.

Frank Dahl -- Billings MT USA -- 05/10/2016
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4991. Today (May 8th) , as I have done on this weekend for over 25 years, I drove down to Washington to the Wall to pay tribute to our old friend Dick Matheis who was killed in Cambodia on this day in 1970. It was a rush trip today because of Mother's Day but it was an absolutely beautiful day to make the visit. As always I left a tribute at the Wall and immediately left to visit the Korean War and WWII Memorials. I came back later to watch in anonymity as people came by and stopped to read the card I left. As usual it did my heart good to see people who at least for today now know who Dick was and that he died for all of us. God willing I hope to make my annual trip for my pal (Bob) Guinn on June 4th. I am so fortunate to live close enough to be able make these trips. God Bless you Dick. We miss you and we will always remember you. -- Doc

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/09/2016
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4990. Looking for proof of action 9/25/68 for ptsd claim. anyone having info. can call at 502-266-0195. Thank you Wayne Sykes C/2/35th

Wayne Sykes -- Louisville KY USA -- 05/05/2016
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4989. With a heavy heart and sadness I report Master Sgt. Rollins G. Fontenot passed away April 18, 2016. He served in C/2/35th in 1967/68. He spent most of his time in the bush as an acting Lt. and is acknowledged as the best we ever had. Not one man was lost while he was in-charge of the 1st Platoon in the I Corp AO of Viet Nam. On behalf of Ken Smith, Chuck Simmons, Joel Leuthjohann, Mike Howes who were there in VN then and had visited him at home in CONUS our prayers go out to his daughter Lanette Fontenot Lewis and our thanks for keeping us informed.

Jack Anderson, VP Special Projects -- Cameron Park CA USA -- 05/02/2016
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4988. I am seeking some help. I am a honorary life member of the 35th Infantry Regiment Association and the nephew of a member KIA in World War II. I need help. I was bidding on a map of the battle of Lupao today on eBay and lost. I bid $610 and lost it to a high bidder of $615. I am hoping the winner is a 35th member and can do me a favor. There are 60 names on the back of the map. I believe one is my Uncle If you won could I please get a few pictures of the back? Thank you.

Scott Carver -- Alta Loma CA USA -- 05/02/2016
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4987. Comment: 1/35, Co. C In Country 1966

Henry J. Glob -- Romeoville IL USA -- 04/27/2016
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4986. Thank you to Mike Slyck, Doc Hall, and Wiley Dodd for info and support letter for Pvt.Duane C. Scott We hope to have a highway memorialized in his name, shortly.

Bill Locke -- Wellsville NY USA -- 04/22/2016
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4985. Attention all Reunion attendees: Please note changes on the registration form for the hotel rates and availability for the Sept Reunion. Rooms are going fast and if you plan to attend you need to make reservations asap. There are no rooms left +/- 3 days at group rate, there are some left for $229. Also another block in the Embassy Suites a few blocks away has been set up. It's a small block of 10 rooms at $189.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 04/18/2016
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4984. Looking for any and or all information on my grandfather HW Copenhaver, I know he was in Guadalcanal WWII and 2nd Battalion 35th infantry... Thank you

Debbie Copenhaver Jones -- Kingwood TX USA -- 04/17/2016
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4983. Do anyone knows about Capt.Barcena,A/2/35, 67-68? I did find Platoon Sgt.Class[e-8]at his home.Thanks.

Roberto Albandoz -- Canovanas PR USA -- 04/08/2016
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4982. Attention All Cacti Brothers and Friends of PFC Allan Alteiri (KIA June 24, 1966 in the Pleiku Province, Viet Nam, assigned to HHC 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division) from the Cacti and Glendale HS Class of 1964 in the San Fernado / LA area of southern California. We shall dedicate a grave site marker in the San Fernado Mission Cemetery, in Mission Hills, CA at 10:00 a.m. on June 24, 2016. PFC Alteri’s grave has been unmarked for 50 years and never has a flag been placed on Memorial Day. This dedication will forever correct that. Allan’s sister Barbara and brother Darren will be in attendance. It is requested that; We few, we happy few, we band of Cacti Brothers and Friends, shall Honor him who has shed his blood for us.

Jack Anderson, Cacti Assn. VP, Special Projects -- Cameron Park CA USA -- 04/05/2016
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4981. Comment: Hello Anyone from B CO 2/35 68 to 69??? Please give me a call 775 350 4919.... Also email lttlejohnfromguam@gmail.com

Johnny Unpingco --  USA -- 04/05/2016
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4980. shout out to all b-1-35, also all 1-35 & 2-35. think about attending the sept reunion, its in 5 months. its been 48 yrs, we're in our 70s and starting to drop. it may be our last chance to get together. i'll even tell you how i made sergeant,i'm sure you wondered about that for 50 yrs. can someone tell me what happened to scott? i heard he was in a helicopter that was shot down but he's not listed as kia. if anyone knows, please tell me.

Chuck Cooper -- Santa Ana CA USA -- 04/04/2016
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4979. Went to Vietnam in Oct. 66, HHC Recon as an E-1. Left in Sept. 67 as a Squad Leader E-5. I knew Cookie, Robby, Burrows, Reid, West, Brown, Davis, Bazell( I took over His Squad when He was killed) and many others. Almost 50 years ago is a long time to remember all the names.

Phil Monday -- St. Germain WI USA -- 04/04/2016
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4978. Duane Scott, kia 29sep69, was my neighbor, friend, and we rode the school bus together. A group of us from Richburg Central School(mostly all nam vets}, are in the process of dedicating a highway in honor of Duane. We would appreciate a letter of support, on association letterhead if possible, to present with our other documents to the legislature. If you can email one that would be great. My home address is ; Bill Locke 4774 Fords Brook Road Wellsville, NY 14895 Thank you for any help you can give us. Sincerely, Bill Locke 6/27th Field Arty '68-'69

Bill Locke -- Wellsville NY USA -- 04/01/2016
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4977. Served with C. company,1/35th in early 1967. Had helmet shot off head and wounded 6/15/67 and 6/24/67 by booby trap grenades. after second grenade, got sent out. Very hard time remembering anything. Looking for anyone there at the same time for help. Thanks, Carl.

Carl Emerson -- Henderson NV USA -- 04/01/2016
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4976. Today is March 30, 2016 and it's welcome home Vietnam Veterans Day. I wish all my brothers in arms continued good health and prosperity. Yup, it became official in 2011 with legislation from Congress. Nothing like being over 40 years late, don't you feel better now!

Tim Baranyay -- Whiting NJ USA -- 03/31/2016
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4975. Remembering Eduardo Aranda--KIA 3/31/68.Great friend.

Roberto Albandoz -- Canovanas PR USA -- 03/31/2016
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4974. I was with B CO.2/35 FROM JUNE 68 TO JUNE 69. if you might remember me, and would like to get in touch feel free your bother Tom

Thomas F Steiner -- Medford OR USA -- 03/26/2016
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4973. Remembering SP4 Andrew Castelda - KIA 3/12/67. Never forgotten - always missed.

A Friend --  USA -- 03/13/2016


4972. March 12th marks the 49th anniversary of a battle in which B 2/35th lost six good men. Many others were wounded that day. Charles Barrett, Richard Hutchinson, La Marre Major, Stephen Burlingame, Douglas Stegall, and Lamar Horne gave their all while performing their duty and protecting their fellow soldiers. They will never be forgotten.

Vaughn Brauer -- Boise ID USA -- 03/11/2016
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4971. I would like to take this time to honor a very SPECIAL MAN IN MY LIFE. SGT BENJAMIN GEORGIA SPEARS HHC COMPANY 35th INFANTRY Sgt. Benjamin George Spears was my BIG BROTHER. 50 years ago today my mother received words that he was KIA in Pleiku Provience, Vietnam. My brother was very special to me, he was only 25 when he gave his life to his country, and I was only 12 years old. I always knew he was special, but that was my big brother. Over the years as I grew up I learn how special he was. I was lucky enough to speak with some of his fellow soldiers who served with him. Thanks to John Fielding who help me so much to live this dream, who help me to attend a Cacti Reunion in Pittsburg, PA. Also to this organization and this guestbook. Brother you may have been gone from us, but you have never been forgotten. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH. If anyone would like to contact me about my brother, please feel welcome too, I would love to hear from you. Tera Williams Auburndale, Florida

Tera Williams -- Auburndale FL USA -- 03/08/2016
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4970. I wasn't going to post this but I have been thinking about this day all day long like I do every year at this time. When I saw Pete's entry in the guest book and one of the names he mentioned was Little John Rivera. That got me to think more about him as we were both in the same squad together for 7 months. I recall him laughing and joking around like he always did about 10 minutes before he lost his life. Just goes to show how fast things can turn for the worst. I still remember him on the ground covered by a poncho and all the wounded on the ground not too far from where he was located. That still haunts me 47 years ago today. May John and the other two brothers that lost their lives on that day rest in peace. Also the 27 wia's I wish you all the best. To all of you that were there you are the best of the best

Gary Lee -- Staten Island NY USA -- 03/08/2016
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4969. Would like to know if any members of Delta Company, 2/35th, from July, 1968 thru March, 1969 will be attending this year's reunion? E-mail is listed below, and would like to from you.

Ronald Hogan -- Seaford DE USA -- 03/07/2016
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4968. Roger Spence gave his life for his country today. Still thought about 47 years ago. RIP, brother.

Ronald Hogan -- Seaford DE USA -- 03/07/2016
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4967. Forty-seven years ago today Bravo 2/35 lost three brave brothers who we will never forget. Jackie West, Little John Rivera, and Terry Weant have become a part of our lives as we live it so humbly with them in mind. Unknowingly at that time, it was another day of growing up. May they rest in peace.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 03/07/2016
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4966. SGM Charles Beauchamp (Ret), who served with the Cacti as a squad leader in Bravo Company, 2/35th, passed away last night after a five month illness. After Vietnam he dedicated his life to the Army and ROTC. In the words of Rita Perry, "There are no words to express the loss felt by so many at the passing of SGM Charles Beauchamp. His service to his soldiers never ended during his life. His dedicated love for his beautiful wife and my dear friend Meloni Beauchamp and his children, grandchildren, sister Milagros Beauchamp, family and friends was always evident in actions, his words of encouragement and wisdom. A man that impacted every life he came in contact with. Thank you Charlie for being a man of honor and integrity. A man that showed the love of Christ in the way you cared for others. You will be missed. Rest In Peace you will be in our hearts forever."

Dave Muxo -- Orem Ut USA -- 03/06/2016
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4965. Sorry to report good friend and fellow Cacti Victor Gibbins passed away this past week. Vic was a member of L Co , he will be missed.

Frank Dahl -- Billings MT USA -- 03/05/2016
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4964. Aloha! IF you are attending the Centennial festivities in Hawaii and have booked yourself in, please tell me what hotel you are staying at and your arrive and depart date from that hotel. Also, will you be golfing with the Cacti? Any other Brother Cacti that you know of that will be attending? Reason for this request, as the liaison to the Actives, I am trying to keep our hosts up to date on our attendance. In case you have not heard, The Centennial Ball will now be held on Wednesday, June 29th.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 02/27/2016
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4963. Just a gentle shove to those members who have graduating children or grandchildren planning on attending college in the Fall of 2016. It's not too late to apply for one of our Cacti Scholarships. Just go to the Association Homepage and follow the links to check qualifications and the application.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 02/26/2016
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4962. Amario Trani, 89, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Gulfside Hospice in New Port Richey, FL. Amario was born in Princeton, NJ, to the late Anthony Trani and Maria Trani Lombardi. From a very young age, Amario had a love of travel and adventure. At the age of 13, he joined President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps in the West. He later had an illustrious military career during World War II. He was a highly decorated and proud veteran. At the age of 14, using his older brother's birth certificate, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Pearl Harbor with A Company, 35th Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks. Amario was one of the youngest survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack. At the age of 16, he was already a veteran of Pearl Harbor and the Solomon Islands campaign. He contracted malaria in Guadalcanal. After more than two years of service, still too young to serve, he received an honorable discharge. At age 17, Amario enlisted in the Navy, where he served in the Pacific and was also honorably discharged. Amario was a skilled union mason and worked for many years at Princeton University until his retirement.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 02/25/2016
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4961. Remembering my dad today, and his death 47 years ago today.

Jim Gleason -- Dillon MT USA -- 02/23/2016
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4960. Just checking in. Will be 71 on march 5th. Having a good life and doing lots of traveling

Frank A. Lynn -- Mesa AZ USA -- 02/22/2016
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4959. I guess I forgot to actually submit my post. I had typed a couple posts but never hit the submit after preview. Well here goes again. Does anyone know Sgt Silva who was KIA on May 29 as well as our CO Cpt Walker. Are there any members of his sqd that might remember me. So far I have not found any. its like I was there,but nobody saw me. My number is 770-545-7768 if anyone was in his sqd with me. Thanks. Chuck Coates

Charles T. Coates(Chuck) -- Mabelton GA USA -- 02/16/2016
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4958. If anyone knows Frank Riley or has his contact info would you notify me or have him give me a call at 770-545-7768. I understand he may remember me from a post I read or someone I had corresponded with said he mentioned my name. I was in B2/35th Jan67-Jan68. Also does anyone know a Charles Cupton- PSG. or a Richard Brame. Both of these people suppose to be from 2nd Plt. Thanks Chuck Coates

Charles T. Coates (Chuck)SSG Ret. -- Mabelton GA USA -- 02/16/2016
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4957. Have been doing a little down sizing and have come across two Cacti golf polo shirts; size MEDIUM. Since that is two sizes ago for me I'm looking for a good home for them. One is green and the other is grey with a black collar; both gently used. If anyone would like these shirts and is just willing to pick up the shipping cost (est. $12) please contact me at teej1010@gmail.com.

TJ Blue -- Beaufort SC USA -- 02/16/2016
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4956. My name is Austin Cook and I am a student at Greenbrier High School in Greenbrier, AR. My English class is beginning a project memorializing soldiers whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. We are commemorating lost soldiers and I received SP4 Ronald Leon Olson's name. Im looking for any information ya'll may have on him! you can reach me at cookaustin17@greenbrierschools.org thanks for anything and everything.

Austin Cook -- Greebbrier AR USA -- 02/11/2016
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4955. My father Master Sgt.Carl Webster Howard was wounded in May of 1951 during the "Piledriver" offensive in Korea so far I've had no luck finding his service records due to the fire at the archives in St. Louis, before Korea he had enlisted in 1946 and was sent to Roswell, NM for pilot training, my parents divorced when I was two yrs. old so I never knew my father, he passed away in 2008 and is buried at the Augusta, ME. State veterans cemetery

Stephen Howard -- Lebanon KY USA -- 02/08/2016
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4954. Served in the 25th Infantry Division 19th Infantry than the 35th Cacti 1957-1959. Was a member of the Army swim team. My C.O was Capt. Quonzon. Anybody around from that era?

Larry Franzman --  Boynton Beach FL USA -- 01/24/2016
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4953. I am looking for information on a relative that went missing in action in the Korean War on September 8, 1951. He was in the 35th infantry regiment, L Company, 25th infantry division. Full name was Masaru Kumashiro. He was from Hawaii. So if there is anyone that knew him it would be great. Thank you, Shannon

Shannon Kumashiro --  USA -- 01/20/2016
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4952. My name is Terry Nau. I am a Vietnam veteran, 2/32 artillery, 1967-68. I am looking for anyone who served with Lt. Tom Gill, who served with Bravo Company, 1/35, and died on Dec. 7, 1969. I am writing a book about the 21 KIA from Tom's hometown of Pawtucket, RI. LTC Jeffrey Rogers has already spoken to me but I am looking for someone who might remember how Tom saved one of his soldiers from drowning during a river crossing. If any of you can help me with info on Lt. Gill, please contact me at tnau3@cox.net ... the book is not for profit, just want to honor these soldiers one more time in their hometowns.

Terry Nau -- Pawtucket RI USA -- 01/14/2016
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4951. 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. This Cacti soldier 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 (978-621-2059) as soon as possible. Cacti Forever! Peter J Birrow, Past President, Liason to the Actives.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 01/12/2016
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4950. This message is in response to Ms Mary E. Wyant Fast posting about her brother. Ms Mary, your brother's obituary is posted the KIA listing. Apparently you have not attended our reunions, we conduct a ceremony at every reunion to honor our fallen including your brother. If you would attend our reunion you would meet members that served with your brother and they would be more than glad to answer all your questions and more

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 01/11/2016
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4949. I see where ones of cacti tell stories ,show pictures to one another but not one shows any of my brother Spec 4 William Douglas Wyant.he served with you.and died in Feb 9 1968.why doesn't anyone mention him or show pictures of him? He saved some of your lives but you are forgetting him as he always feared.why? What happened to my brother we don't know about? Something isn't right.i was told it was hard to talk about but u do all the time.my family are in pain over this .would you want this done if it was your family.we hurt.we still grieve.my parents lost their son.i lost my brother.wasnt Doug anything to you at all?

Mary E Wyant Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 01/10/2016
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4948. My uncle John W. Wimbley, Private First Class Wimbley was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Does anybody have any info on John? MIA on 09/07/1951

Wayne A Phillips -- Saratoga CA USA -- 01/05/2016
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4947. My request is for information regarding one of the 35th's KIA brothers from Vietnam. http://www.cacti35th.org/regiment/kia/kia_details.php?person_id=585&battalion=2nd Roger Spence was the brother of a childhood friend of mine that I've offered to accompany back to Vietnam and hopefully bring closure to his loss. I never knew Roger but his brother as mentioned is a very good friend of mine. We were a mere 8 years old when my friend lost his brother. Although we've not discussed this at length he did express interest to visit if accompanied. I need to make contact with someone I can bounce some questions off of because I'm not sure exactly how far my friend wants to take this. Please contact me at the email address listed and we'll discuss over the phone. Frank Tulumello USMC/USAF Retired.

Frank Tulumello -- Sugar Hill GA USA -- 12/30/2015
Email -- http://https://www.facebook.com/frank.tulumello


4946. Merry Christmas to all

Larry Starling -- Winston-Salem NC USA -- 12/26/2015
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4945. Merry Christmas to all my Cacti Brothers, Peace and Happiness to All! Wiley Dodd (Tiny)

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 12/24/2015
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4944. Hoping to see many of you on the east coast. Would like to experience the many historical sites of Washington D.C., The statue of Liberty, Ground Zero and possibly Niagara Falls. Would like to join any and all planning a similar experience, especially someone who knows the ins and outs of the City of New York.

Lisandro de Hoyos -- Hesperia CA USA -- 12/23/2015
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4943. Hi Guys, We now have posted five sets of reunion photos taken by the professional photographer who was there. The table shots look very nice; many of you were made to look much better then you do in person, lol. Check them out!

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 12/14/2015
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4942. Does anyone know the Group Code for the Centennial Anniversary Hilton Hawaiian Village Room Reservations? Went to the Army-Navy Game yesterday(My 33rd game since 1968). We lost AGAIN(BUT we are getting closer to a win). Best wishes from Peggy and I for a safe/joyous Christmas! (Don't forget to kiss your Grandkids!) as well as a Happy New Year. Hope to see all of you at Schofield in June and D.C. in September. Cacti FOREVER, Tom & Peggy Gragg.

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 12/13/2015
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4941. 1St tour B Co. 2nd Bn. 35th Inf. 2nd tour Hq Co. 30th Armored Recon Co. 3rd tour, N Co 7th Ranger 1 3rd Abn. Bde.

Wallace Merrwo -- Colome SD USA -- 12/03/2015
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4940. Happy Thanksgiving Cacti. Just finished Thanksgiving Dinner with 300 veterans plus family at VVSD. Great meal and now I reflect on a long ago Thanksgiving Dinner delivered by Huey served on paper plates and enjoyed. Life is good.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 11/27/2015
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4939. Jesse, I must be doing something wrong. When I enter your email it automatically goes to OUTLOOK and tells me yours is not a valid email address. Who knows? Anyway my address is; Jimmie A. Leighton, Bahnhofstr 24, 82487 Oberammergau, Germany Hope I haven't caused you any inconvenience, thanks much. Cacti Forever Jim Leighton

Jimmie A. Leighton --  Germany -- 11/25/2015
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4938. Jimmie my e-mail address is nellw32@yahoo.com If you need the forms to apply for the Ambassador for Peace medal. send me your address.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 11/24/2015
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4937. Am a lifetime member of the Cacti Association but am new to the Facebook. Trying to contact Jesse Campos in ref to the packet for Ambassador medal. It appears that the one appearing in the latest Cacti is not correct or so my email provider tells me. Any help is appreciated. Doc 1st, Co B, 35th, 1950

Jimmie A. Leighton --  USA -- 11/24/2015
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4936. On Friday, November 20, as I was getting into my car after loading my trunk with groceries at my supermarket a lady asked if I was a veteran. I told her that i was and she gave me a note which I'd like to show the rest of you Cacti. "You may be from a war long ago and feel forgotten, but you are why we are free to go about our business daily without fear. You may be a young man or woman just starting at boot camp preparing for your future in the military. You may not be in a danger zone. You may be stateside at a desk. You may be a soldier from a previous war with injuries you are living with every day. You may be someone who is now on the front lines. Wherever you were or are headed, you are part of a wonderful network of heroes keeping us all safe at home. My family and I want to thank you for your service and thank both you and your family for all your sacrifices. Because of you we are able to get up each day and do what we choose without fear. My family and I are forever grateful. Be safe wherever you go. Our prayers are with you." And today I was twice thanked for my service. Not everyone has forgotten. BTW, Going out to San Diego and back home was an eight day slog by car, but well worth it. See you in D.C.

Allan Meyer -- Ingleside IL USA -- 11/24/2015
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4935. Wishing all Old and NEW cacti the best for all of the holidays

Frank Dahl -- Billings MT USA -- 11/23/2015
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4934. Looking for anybody who served with specialist Daniel Perez who died March 16,1967 from wounds suffered on March 12,1967. Please contact me. Thank you for the great sacrifice on behalf of your friends and country Daniel was with his Alpha 2/35th.

Raul Hernandez -- Corpus Christi TX USA -- 11/20/2015
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4933. Greetings all. Saw my family name and was curious about Robert Albandoz and his whereabouts. Best wishes to all!

David Albandoz -- Huntsville AL USA -- 11/19/2015
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4932. I'm writing this on behalf of my father, Walter Fields. I wanted to reach out and see if there is anyone who would remember him. He was in the 4th division, and served in the Central Highlands of Pleiku as a LRRP in 1968 or 1969. He would love to reconnect with some of his "brothers". Please feel free to email me if you do remember him! He remembers a Veteran by the nickname of Uncle Taco...Maybe if someone knows who that is, give him my info. Thanks in advance!!!

Jenni Fields on behalf of Walt Fields -- Sonora CA USA -- 11/11/2015
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4931. Trying to help Tracy Clifton find information on her Dad’s service. He is still living. Robert J Clifton, C, 2/35th, approximate in-country dates June 1968-June 1969. Robert was from London, OH. Robert was awarded a BSV; exact date of action uncertain but award was given in March 1969. Citation reads in part, “Clifton’s listening and observation team had successfully located and cleared an enemy way station of an estimated two squads and had set-up security prior to withdrawing from the area. As the team leader was transmitting information to the CO, Clifton sighted an enemy force advancing on the team’s position. Waiting for the enemy to cross an intervening stream before engaging them, Clifton placed devastating fire on the enemy while they were in this vulnerable position. They withdrew in confusion.” Robert spent the last few months in-country as an aide to the Brigade CO. Anyone remembering Robert please contact Tracy directly at tracy-clifton@hotmail.com

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/11/2015


4930. I am getting to be a old man now but I always think of my friend John Valero who I knew at Ft Benning's NCO combat leadership program. He was a really great guy. Till this day I keep a picture of John by my desk. He is holding a rattle snake we had shot with blanks, we had a good laugh.

Frank Trifero -- Farmingdale NY USA -- 11/10/2015
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4929. Looking for anyone who may remember me in Viet Nam...May 1970 to Jan 1971

Steven Durko -- Mount Dora FL USA -- 11/10/2015
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4928. To all of my Cacti brothers and sisters - enjoy a happy and safe Veterans Day this year. You earned it and deserve it. Take a minute to remember all of our brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the Cacti in defense of our country. Also, say a special prayer for SFC Dean Dee Chaney. He paid the price in 1951 in Korea but was recently identified and brought home and he will be interred in Ohio this Nov. 13th. Take Arms

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 11/10/2015
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4924. For anyone who served with Ernest Garza D 2/35th 69-70, He is looking for collaboration of a wound he received from shrapnel right before he was evacuated for malaria. He said he could not remember the date or the medic, but is looking for help. If you remember him contact him at: 700 N Louisiana Waslacko, Tx 78596 or 956-376-7948

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 11/02/2015
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4923. I found a letter from Don "Doc" Johnson in my fathers things as I was cleaning out his house after moving him to TN. Tried to email him, but the email is no good. My Father James D Vandiver served with you all from 67 to 69. Would like to get in touch with someone. Thank you all for your sacrifices and service.

Dawn Vandiver-Roberts -- Chuckey TN USA -- 11/02/2015
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4922. Hi Guys, We have our initial set of reunion pics posted. Please contact me if you have any to post. Thanks

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/01/2015
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4921. Sgt Dean D Chaney, King Company 35th Infantry, was captured by the enemy on November 28, 1950. He allegedly died in a POW camp on April 30, 1951. His remains have been repatriated and were recently identified. There will be a funeral for him November 13 of this year at the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home in Bloomville, OH. The exact times have not yet been confirmed. Several Brother Cacti plan on attending. Please contact Jim Hall if interested. We are particularly interested in finding Korean 35th veterans to attend.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 10/27/2015
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4920. Reunion Pictures Needed! Anyone who took some please send to me so we can post them. Thanks guys.

Dick Arnold -- Indy IN USA -- 10/17/2015
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4919. Thanks to all of you for your service and sacrifice.

Jeff Taylor --  RI USA -- 10/16/2015
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4918. Fellow Cacti: Dues letters will be going out to all annual members in January for 2016 but it is never too early to think about getting them in. That’s just one more thing you won’t have to remember to do during the busy Christmas/post Christmas period this year. You might want to get this task out of the way now. Just go to the “membership’ section of the web site and send dues off to Doc Johnson at 14516 Shenandoah Ave./ Baton Rouge, LA 70817. Of course any donations are also appreciated and especially for the Scholarship fund and the Troop Support fund. Any Cacti out there who have never become a member or who haven’t been members in a while please consider joining us this year. You have earned that right.

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 10/15/2015
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4917. Had a terrific time at the reunion in San Diego. See you all in D.C.

David N. Muxo -- Orem UT USA -- 10/11/2015
Email -- http://www.dnmuxo.com


4916. Remembering October 9 and the brave men of A,1/35th who perished on that hill. Their memories will live forever,

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 10/09/2015
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4915. DON JOHNSON DID A GREAT JOB AGAIN ON THE REUNION. HIS CHOICES OF ALCOHOL WANTS ME TO GO BACK AT DRINKING. FOR THOSE OFFICERS OF CACTI I HAVE A NEW ADDRESS GIB MCKENNA WOODDALE VILLAGE 18616 N 99TH AVE SUN CITY AZ. 85373. SEE YOU IN D.C. GIB MCKENNA KOREA 52 & 53

GILBERT MCKENNA -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 10/03/2015
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4914. I served in Vietnam from 68/69 in HHC. I would like to contact SP4 JERRY BENNET who I served with in Commo. My nickname was Chooch.

Robert Knolhoff -- Lexington KY USA -- 09/30/2015
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4913. Today 9-24 is the start of a bad week for C 2/35. We lost 2 men on 9-24, 4 men on 9-25, and 11 men on 9-30-1968. May they all rest in peace.

Francis Wheeler -- Billings MT USA -- 09/30/2015
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4912. We just wanted people to know that one of our Cacti brothers, Jimmy Lee Holmes, has passed away, Jimmy passed away Tuesday September 8th, in Albany, Georgia. If you had the chance to meet him, I know you would never forget him. I am sure Jimmy is in heaven, telling one of his stories to anyone that will listen. We had the privilege of serving with Jimmy. He was a great soldier and a better man. It was an honor to call him friend and brother. Rest in Peace Jimmy. Bill, Chick "who is a chuck", The Real Deal, Yo Shockey and Yo Lusk.

Larry Luscri -- St Louis MO USA -- 09/30/2015
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4911. Great reunion. See you all next year. Planning on attending the 100 year anniversary in Hawaii next year. Wondering if there is enough interest in a group cruise as I hate to fly. I am sure our travel agent Doc Johnson could come up with something. Cacti Ron

Ron Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 09/30/2015
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4910. 17th Annual Reunion was a great, as all have been! For you brothers who have not attended one your really missing out!

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 09/30/2015
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4908. LAST CALL!! Bravo 2/35th Fifteenth Annual Luncheon In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Diego Sept 24 – 27 2015, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 25th we will be at La Pinata Mexican Restaurant 2836 Juan St, Old Town San Diego. 619-297-1631.A shaded and cool patio has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct our business. How to get there: Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 1 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting Return to hotel @ whenever or stay and enjoy “Old Town”. Meal: Five choices from our own menu. Fish Tacos, Vegetarian Fajitas, Chicken a La Mexicano, Fajita salad, Combo #4 (Beef or Chicken Taco AND a cheese enchilada with rice and beans), Yes, this is the same location that Bravo 1/35 will have their Friday night dinner. Our goal is to eat up everything so that they will have to order out! Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707 All reservations have to be received before Sept 19th. BRAVO 2/35…BEE THERE or BEE HUNGRY!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 09/12/2015
Email -- http://66 so far, need a few more!


4906. Greetings, I am a POW/MIA analyst who works at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and I am researching the case for PFC William Ellis, Jr. from A Company. My goal is to answer two questions: 1) Can anyone confirm as an eyewitness that Ellis actually died? 2) Where are his remains? I have read Mr. Kellermeyers and Mr. Hills account of the June 24, 1966 battle, and I will be reading Mr. Bells Leave No Man Behind book. Additionally, Mr. Arnold has been very helpful. However, if anyone from the 1/35th has more information concerning the fate of PFC Ellis, the battle on June 24, 1966, subsequent search and recovery efforts for PFC Ellis, or information on the North Vietnamese positions/posture on June 24, 1966, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your help.

Deborah Hatala -- Washington D.C. USA -- 09/09/2015
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4905. Update for SGM Charlie "Chuck" Beauchamp (Ret), B 2-35, 1962-66. From his wife Melonie (9/5/2015), "He is doing much better, he was released to Salem Transitional Care, a skilled nursing facility in SE Salem for physical therapy and strengthening up." It is hard to keep a good man down!

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 09/09/2015
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4904. Its been awhile since Ive got on the Cacti site and have not renewed my membership. Planning on getting lifetime membership next month. What I was wondering does the Cacti reunion committee ever have reunions in SC or Ga area ? I have never made a Cacti reunion and I was with B2/35th 3rd Bde Task Force 25th Inf Div before it was redesnated as 4th Inf Div in Aug 67. I arrived Jan 67 and left Jan 68. I was suppose to work in supply and as company armorer but asked company commander if he would put me in the field and he said ok.Thats how I got 11B as secondary MOS. Later down the road I was brought back from the field as company armor. I do not know if you remember the problem we were have with the m-16 bolt,but we got new ones from the states and the company commander or 1SG sent me back out to the field and exchange out every bolt from our soldiers out in the field with new issue bolt.Just thought I would jog your memory some to see if you might remember. Im not new to the Cacti site just got busy with other things and never kept track of my membership.

Charles T Coates -- Mabelton GA USA -- 09/07/2015
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4902. From the wife of CSM Charles Beauchamp, USA (Ret)B co 2/35th 62-66 through facebook. She called me this morning and cancelled for the reunion and sent regrets wanting to see everyone. This is Meloni using Charlies FB account to provide an update for those not on both our accounts. Charlie is having a very rough and slow recovery from the heart surgery. He has not been off the monitors as his kidneys decided to take a vacation. On Thursday night, his doctors and nurses put him back on a breathing tube and sedation as he kept trying to get up by himself, kept trying to tear off the tubes, etc. Praise our God that he is finally starting to respond to the medications and probably will not need dialysis which he would- had he not started responding to the Lasics (SP?). Please continue to lift him up in your prayers.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/30/2015
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4901. News flash: Appearing at our San Diego reunion ....................drum roll................. direct from the OOOAASSIS, Sharyn Hillyer!! Sharyn now lives in Marina Del Rey and will be at our reunion for the banquet and memorial service. She will be accompanied by her husband Rick. The other two USO girls that visited us in May of 1969 have vanished into the everyday life of our country and could not be found. Look in your back issues of the Cacti Times for an earlier story about them. From our website: http://www.cacti35th.org/regiment/history/other/mt0504.htm All, if you were in 2/35 and were there please bring any pictures that you might have from our one and only stand-down in ten months. Attached below is a Gary Lee picture.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 08/25/2015
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org/photos/phpslideshow.php?directory=lee¤tPic=13


4900. FOR ALL YOU REUNI0ON GOLFERS Fred Oliver (2/9th Arty) has set up a golf outing at Sea n Air naval golf course on Coronado and can get up to 5 foursomes off shotgun from the back nine at 0700 on Friday 9-25-15. For this to happen we will need all the players names by 9-12-15. The guest rate for cart and golf is a little less than $50. Retired military is less. This is a nice course with great views of the Pacific and the city. There are reasonably priced rental clubs available. EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/24/2015
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4899. I have some news for our Korean war cacti if you served from 1950 1953 you are qualify to receive the ambassador for peace medal I am ready to mail a packet with information and applications If you have any question to can e-mail me.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 08/23/2015
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4898. My uncle Arthur Peter Nesvacil was in Co H 35th Infantry Regiment at Nogales, AZ and Camp Travis, TX. I would like any information anyone may have on this part of 35th history.

Michael Nesvacil -- Fort Worth TX USA -- 08/22/2015
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4897. Bravo 2/35th Fifteenth Annual Luncheon In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Diego Sept 24 – 27 2015, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 25th we will be at La Pinata Mexican Restaurant 2836 Juan St, Old Town San Diego. 619-297-1631.A shaded and cool patio has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct our business. How to get there: Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 1 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting Return to hotel @ whenever or stay and enjoy “Old Town”. Meal: Five choices from our own menu. Fish Tacos, Vegetarian Fajitas, Chicken a La Mexicano, Fajita salad, Combo #4 (Beef or Chicken Taco AND a cheese enchilada with rice and beans), Yes, this is the same location that Bravo 1/35 will have their Friday night dinner. Our goal is to eat up everything so that they will have to order out! Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707 All reservations have to be received before Sept 19th. BRAVO 2/35…BEE THERE or BEE HUNGRY!

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport fl USA -- 08/20/2015
Email -- http://51 so far looking for 39 more!


4896. CACTI BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS: We are looking for any member in good standing who would be interested in a position on the 2015-2017 Board of Directors. The positions are listed under "Association" on this web site. Most of the positions require 2-5 hours a week and most of the work is done by email and telephone. If you are interested or know of someone who would be interested in serving our Cacti Association please notify TJ Blue (teej1010@gmail.com) at your earliest convenience.

Thomas J Blue -- Ladys Island SC USA -- 08/20/2015
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4895. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Cacti Green), 35th Infantry Regiment will hold their annual reunion dinner at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 25, 2015 at La Piñata in Old Town, just over one mile from the Crown Plaza Hotel, our home base in San Diego. This is the tenth consecutive year that the company will have its own separate get together in conjunction with the annual Cacti Regimental Reunion. There will be no set program but plenty of time to visit with old and new friends in a casual, festive and comfortable setting. La Piñata is a delightful Mexican restaurant that keeps getting better with time. It is also the oldest restaurant in Old Town, so it is steeped in tradition. For our dinner we will be in their Sala de Cactus (The Cacti Room) on the second floor in the back, away from the street. Located at 2836 Juan Street in the center of Old Town, La Piñata is only minutes from our hotel and if you have never been to San Diego you will find a wonderful assortment of shops and boutiques in the area right around the restaurant. Take a look at the location and menu on their web site at: http://www.lapinataoldtown.com. Of course you will find they have all the traditional Mexican favorites and an assortment of soups and salads. Check out the Especiales De La Casa and get ready for a feast. There is also a great selection of cervezas, vinos and Margaritas (you can order the wine and Margaritas by the Liter to share) to accompany all of that great food. And to top it off you can pick up your own piñata right there in the restaurant. Hilda (who keeps the office running properly) and the owner have graciously indicated that we will be able to order from the regular menu and pay individually. All Bravo Company, 1/35 veterans, family and friends who would like to attend should contact TJ Blue as soon as their plans are set so we can let the folks at the La Piñata know how many of us to expect. They can only accommodate 50-55 folks in the room we have reserved so the earlier you get on the list the better. This can be done by email teej1010@gmail.com; phone 843-525-1098 or snail mail at 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Ladys Island, SC 29907. Let us make 2015 our best reunion yet.

Thomas J. Blue --  USA -- 08/20/2015
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4894. The father of Paul LaFalce, who has sung at many a reunion, is very sick with a bacterial infection in his blood. He is in ICU at Hines VA hospital. His time to go to the Lord has come. Please pray for him.

Pete Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 08/16/2015
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4893. A Co 1st/35th Company Luncheon Friday September 25th 1 p.m. Café Coyote Old Town San Diego 2461 San Diego Av. 1.5 mi from reunion hotel Note: they will add a 20% gratuity to each check as they have to bring in extra staff.

Jim and Kathy Holleran -- Red Bluff CA USA -- 08/12/2015
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4892. I GREW UP WITH BILLY LUND. WE WERE BEST FRIENDS IN GRADE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL. WE WENT IN THE MILITARY TOGETHER, HIM THE ARMY, ME THE AIR FORCE. STILL MISS HIM TODAY. HAVE A RUBBING FROM THE WALL WITH HIS NAME ON MY WALL. WISH HE WOULD HAVE GONE WITH ME. RIP

GEORGE HECHT -- Clearwater FL USA -- 08/11/2015
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4891. My name is Joe Gonzales I am a Vietnam veteran; my unit was Co C, 4th Combat Engr Bn 4th Inf Div. At lz Mary Lou. My very good friend from Delaware was Ray Gifford and he was attached to one of your units when they were at LZ Hardtimes. The unit was Co C, 2nd platoon 1st of the 35th Inf 4th Inf Div. If anyone knows anyone anything about Ray or knew him plese let me know.He was also was an engineer from co.c 4th engr 4th. My email is cathygonzalez52@icloud.com (let me know) peace out pvt gonzales

Joe Gonzales -- Denver CO USA -- 08/11/2015
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4890. Ok for all the Reunion goers that have not made Hotel Reservations yet, we are close to being full. There are still a couple of rooms left. Please call Peyton Canfield @ 619-297-1101 to make your reservations. She is the group sales person I am working with. When those rooms are gone I have contracted with the Comfort Inn and Suites just .3 miles from the Crowne Plaza: 2485 Hotel Circle Pl., San Diego, CA, 92108, US 619-881-6200 King Room $109 + tax Double Queen $109 + tax Includes Breakfast and Parking The group code for the Comfort Inn and Suites is: 35th Infantry Regiment Military Reunion. Please let me know if you have any problems. Doc J

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/11/2015
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4889. The annual E 2/35th Luncheon will be at the Lazy Dog Restaurant Mission Valley Ca on Friday 9/25 at 1pm.

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 08/10/2015
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4888. Looking for members of co C 1st 35 th weapons platoon 1972-1976

Sgt Beak -- Oxford IN USA -- 08/08/2015
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4887. Tom OConnor C 2/35 67-68 called me today and informed me of Joel Luethjohanns wife, Kathy, passing today at 11am. Please keep Joel and his family in your prayers. Joel was with C 2/35 in 67/68.

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/08/2015
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4886. On August 2nd I emailed 351 Assn Members the link to the new issue of the Cacti Times. I only received 6 emails that bounced back. Please email me if you think you should have received the email, but did not.

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/07/2015
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4885. Comment: This year marks the 70th anniversary of japan surrender thus ending WW2. Lets remember our WW2 cacti. there will be all sorts of activities and celebrations, thru out the country. one such event is the convoy departing Washington DC on sep. 19th and will be traveling through several states like N.C. S.C. Ga Al. to find more information go the web site WWW. spirit45.org

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 08/02/2015
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4884. Bravo 2/35th Fifteenth Annual Luncheon In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Diego Sept 24 – 27 2015, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 25th we will be at La Pinata Mexican Restaurant 2836 Juan St, Old Town San Diego. 619-297-1631.A shaded and cool patio has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct our business. How to get there: Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 1 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting Return to hotel @ whenever or stay and enjoy “Old Town”. Meal: Five choices from our own menu. Fish Tacos, Vegetarian Fajitas, Chicken a La Mexicano, Fajita salad, Combo #4 (Beef or Chicken Taco AND a cheese enchilada with rice and beans), Yes, this is the same location that Bravo 1/35 will have their Friday night dinner. Our goal is to eat up everything so that they will have to order out! Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707 All reservations have to be received before Sept 19th. BRAVO 2/35…BEE THERE or BEE HUNGRY!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 07/26/2015
Email -- http://Attendance now @ 37, need 37 more!


4883. Looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion in San Diego. And Happy Birthday to Doc Johnson today!

David N Muxo -- Orem Ut USA -- 07/23/2015
Email -- http://www.dnmuxo.com


4882. Would like commo with anyone who served with Curtis R Frantz who was KIA November 21,1969 with E,1/35th 4.2 Mortars. Thanks Guys...Dick A

Dick Arnold -- Indy IN USA -- 07/21/2015
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4881. The reunion is going to be 3-days. Will you be posting an itinerary of events for those days.

Lisandro de hoyos -- Hesperia CA USA -- 07/19/2015
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4880. Today, My good friend Salvadore Gutierrez, was laid to rest. The services included full military honors. Approximately 300 guest were in attendance. Sal was part of the 1/35 inf. regiment stationed in Thailand 1963-64. Sal you will be missed.

lisandro dehoyos -- Hesperia CA USA -- 07/15/2015
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4879. 49 years ago B 1/35th lost a few good men. It is hard for me to get it out of my head. It still hurts that David R. Stone was lost that day. My Buddy that I will never forget. Have a great 4th of July if you can.

Roger A. Thiessen -- Buckeye AZ USA -- 07/04/2015
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4878. Today, 07/03/2015, my friend and a army veteran with 1/35 inf. Salvador J Gutierrez passed at 1500 hours. He will surely be missed. Mr. Gutierrez served with 1/35 at Ubon, Udorn and Korat in Thailand in 1962-63 The association will be kept apprised of any further developments.

lisandro de hoyos -- Hesperia CA USA -- 07/04/2015
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4877. We recently posted 3 sets of pictures from Duane Jacobson, C,2/35th, 1967. Number 5 of the 1st Set is five guys who all received busted ankles on March 12 1967 when the chopper guys had them jump-out too high over several stumps. Duane is interested who else is in that pic with him.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 07/02/2015
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4876. To our Louisiana cacti veterans Korea and Vietnam The retiree office in Barksdale AFB,is planning a luncheon to honor all veterans of both wars. the date set for the luncheon is the 18th of September 2015 poc is Col.DePyssler rao@barksdale.af.mil or write to retiree office,room 1301, 801 Kenney Ave. Barksdale,AFB.La.71110. Hope to see some of you attend

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 07/02/2015
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4875. Just returned home from my 6th back operation. now have Parkinsons disease. still hanging on. will never forget the good men kia, and wia, 3 july 1966. B-1-35 Inf, (aug 64 to oct 66)

Marshall Jackson -- Great Falls SC USA -- 06/30/2015
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4874. Just left Texas where Jim Lanning,Devalis Rutledge,Bill Stoner,Randy Thorpe Larry Prater and myself Jim Phillip met after 48 years All were from C Co 2/35 All were together on Mar.12 and March 21, May 20 along with many other days of combat. We lost a lot of great men those days. Trying to reinsert paper work for Lt. Farmer so he will get the right medal for his bravery. God Bless you all.

Jim Phillips -- Cookeville TN USA -- 06/26/2015
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4873. This message is to the Historian of the unit. Currently, I am trying to help a veteran who is at the moment in a comatose situation. veteran Salvadore Gutierrez states that he was assigned to the 2/35 inf. unit while located in Thailand. Veteran was denied C&P benefits for agent orange. He is in his final stages of cancer and type 2 diabetes. Can you verify the unit assignments in Thailand during the period of 1963-1965.

lisandro de hoyos -- Hesperia CA USA -- 06/26/2015
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4872. Bravo 2/35th Fifteenth Annual Luncheon In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Diego Sept 24 – 27 2015, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 25th we will be at La Pinata Mexican Restaurant 2836 Juan St, Old Town San Diego. 619-297-1631.A shaded and cool patio has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct our business. How to get there: Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 1 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting Return to hotel @ whenever or stay and enjoy “Old Town”. Meal: Five choices from our own menu. Fish Tacos, Vegetarian Fajitas, Chicken a La Mexicano, Fajita salad, Combo #4 (Beef or Chicken Taco AND a cheese enchilada with rice and beans), Yes, this is the same location that Bravo 1/35 will have their Friday night dinner. Our goal is to eat up everything so that they will have to order out! Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707 All reservations have to be received before Sept 19th. BRAVO 2/35…BEE THERE or BEE HUNGRY!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 06/25/2015
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4871. Hello Vaughn Brauer - Greg Chapman here. I live in San Diego. It would be great to finally meet you if the opportunity presents itself while you are here for the reunion. B/2/35 guys - my dad was Lt. Russ Chapman, 3rd Platoon Leader/Company XO 1966-1967, Plei Djereng and Tan Phong. Dad passed away in 1992. If you knew him, I would love to buy you a beer and hear stories while you are in town to attend the reunion!

Greg Chapman -- San Diego CA USA -- 06/23/2015
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4870. I should have posted this two weeks ago in reference to the Actives Cacti they were here at Ft.Polk I could not make contact with them as they stayed in the box, that is a restricted area for all units that are training. Now the good part, two days after they departed back to Hawaii I was at this restaurant called Catfish Junction, I noticed a chalk board with names written on it I notice some names were Cacti KIA. I ask the owner who wrote the names she said an army from Hawaii. I wrote some names and check them on our web site every one was Cacti

Jesse Campos -- Amacoco LA USA -- 06/18/2015
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4869. LT Brauer, yes wives attend the B Co luncheon. I was a medic in your platoon, 1st Plt B Co 1966. We have anywhere from 13 to 16 guys from 1st Plt 1966 who come to the reunion every year. Looking forward to seeing you.

Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 06/14/2015
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4868. I served with B 2/35 from Jun 66 to Jun 67 and with D 2/35 from Sep 68 to Jan 69. I intend to attend this years reunion (first one) and have a question. Do wives normally attend the B 2/35 luncheon? Any information would be appreciated.

Vaughn Brauer  -- Boise ID USA -- 06/10/2015
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4867. Delta co. 1/35 69-70 Did we ever have a reunion?

Dick Gabel -- Perrysburg NY USA -- 06/09/2015
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4866. We received the following email this morning: For those of you who knew Lt Roger Fulkerson personally or read the War Story entitled Roger & Me written by Mike Kurtgis, this note is to let you know that Jeanne Griffin Smith, the fiancé of Roger, died of cancer this morning. Please keep Jeanne in your thoughts and prayers. Regards, Dennis Dauphin" Webmaster, www.themightyninth.org

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 06/04/2015


4865. June 3rd marks a very important day for the men of "C" 1/35th. June 3, 1968 we along with "A" & "B" 1/35th humped to a hill outside of Ben Het about 1/2 klick from the VN Laos,Cambodian border. As we got to the top of the hill, "C" had contact with NVA. The mortars came and a ground attack followed. The firefight lasted thru the night for hours. It was this battle that took the lives of 3 very fine men. It is with honor that I pay tribute to Lt. Steven Gilmer, Sgt. Harry Butler & Spec. Ray Brockmeyer. May they all rest in peace. Salute my brothers. I would like to say thank you to all my brothers in Charlie Co. for their bravery and perseverance that allowed us to make it through the night. It was strange the attack was only at "C" Co. 3 companies only one attacked. Maybe I will get some answers at reunion. "Doc"

Forrest "DOC" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 06/04/2015
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4864. June 4 marked 45 years since we lost “Guinn”. Those of us who knew and served with Guinn have marked this date for every one of those 45 years. Most of us have marked every day during those 45 years when thoughts of Guinn popped into our minds. Often enough it has really been multiple times per day that he has crossed our minds. Guinn was the funniest person I’ve ever met. He never failed to have us in stitches on any occasion where we could find the time to relax. I surely miss his stories but I can hear them in my head and I can see his gyrations as he told a story using every muscle in his body for emphasis and always laughing. His memory always brings a smile to my heart as well as a tear to my eye. Lord, I’d love to actually hear those stories again. Those of us who get together these days at annual reunions laugh that Guinn was a bit of a camera hog. He appears in more pictures from our group’s collection than any other one person, by far. The joke among our guys today is that someone had of dropped a camera back then Guinn would of jumped on it just in case it went off. 45 years and we still miss you buddy! Truth is we won’t stop missing you until we join you but your memory helps Robert George “Guinn” from Lincoln Park, MI. Gone all these years but never forgotten. Doc -- and all your buddies from 1st Platoon Bravo Co. 2/35th Infantry, 4th Infantry Div.

Jim Doc Hall --  USA -- 06/03/2015
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4863. I am attempting to contact any member of Company A, 1/35th Infantry, 4th Division who was in country on 13 September 1968 when Pfc. Raymond Beam was KIA. I am acting on behalf of his sister Pauline Beam Witherow. Specifically would like to hear from the four members who were WIA in this action. Thanks in advance. My phone number is 706-280-5895.

Bruce A.Kendrick -- Chatsworth GA USA -- 06/03/2015
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4862. Visited the Moving Wall yesterday. Paid my respects to the eleven men D -2/35th lost during my tour of duty. A prayer and heartfelt salute for each one. Gone but never Forgotten

John Morgan -- Foresthill CA USA -- 05/31/2015
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4861. Bravo 2/35th Fifteenth Annual Luncheon In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Diego Sept 24 – 27 2015, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 25th we will be at La Pinata Mexican Restaurant 2836 Juan St, Old Town San Diego. 619-297-1631.A shaded and cool patio has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct our business. How to get there: Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 1 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting Return to hotel @ whenever or stay and enjoy “Old Town”. Meal: Five choices from our own menu. Fish Tacos, Vegetarian Fajitas, Chicken a La Mexicano, Fajita salad, Combo #4 (Beef or Chicken Taco AND a cheese enchilada with rice and beans), Yes, this is the same location that Bravo 1/35 will have their Friday night dinner. Our goal is to eat up everything so that they will have to order out! Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707 All reservations have to be received before Sept 19th. BRAVO 2/35…BEE THERE or BEE HUNGRY!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 05/27/2015
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4860. Thinking of my dad today on Memorial Day. My dad served in HHC 1-35 Inf during the Vietnam War. I would love to hear from anyone that served with him during that time. You can email me at williamstaubs@yahoo.com. My dad passed away a few years ago so anyone who has any stories or memories of please pass them on. I do not have too many memories of him. I never met anyone that served with him during this time. I too am a combat veteran of the 4th Inf Division having served with the division in Afghanistan. Thanks.

William J Staubs -- Elizabethtown KY USA -- 05/26/2015
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4859. Remembering all the Cacti who gave their lives and all those who served our great country...God Bless

Frank Dahl -- Billings MT USA -- 05/25/2015
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4858. On this Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, remembering my fathers cousin, 1st Lt. Fred C. Griego KIA January 10, 1943 Guadalcanal.

Anthony Griego -- Hamden CT USA -- 05/25/2015
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4857. Visited the Moving Wall this morning and then drove over to visit Bob Fritsch (KIA 4-15-68) grave this afternoon. This evening on TV I heard a poem on TV titled "The Fallen" written by Laurence Binyon during the First World War."They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: / Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning / We will remember them."

Glen Jenkins -- Manteca CA USA -- 05/25/2015
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4856. At this special time and always - remembering Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67.

a friend --  USA -- 05/24/2015


4855. Robert L Murphy, Madison NJ..A/1/35th,25th Inf Div..KIA May 22,1967 Gone but certainly never forgotten

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/22/2015
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4854. Every Memorial Day I make sure the grave of Asher Anthony has a new flag placed. Today, May 21st. 2015, I was pleased to see a new flag and note from the 35th Infantry Regiment. I should have written the persons name on the note but I failed to record it. I think the name was John Beddington. Anyway thanks for remembering 35th Inf. From an Old Veteran, Dennis

Dennis Maness -- Greensboro NC USA -- 05/21/2015
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4853. We have learned a former Cacti will be added to The Wall this Memorial Day. Master Sergeant Francis G Corcoran, HHC,1/35th, Age 39, Started Tour 11/25/1966, Hospitalized from disease/illness in Vietnam 11/14/1967, Transferred to Walter Reed 11/30/1967, Died at Water Reed 12/9/1967. Please let us know if anyone remembers him. Thanks guys, Dick A

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 05/19/2015
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4852. May 19, 1967 2LT Everette Johnson Jr, Paulding, OH - PFC Kenyon Elroy Bean, Williston, ND - PFC Walter Thomas Geiger, Glendale, NY - Gone but never forgotten

David C Crocker Sr -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/19/2015
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4851. Remembering my dad 2nd LT Everett Johnson KIA in Duc Pho 48 years ago. Miss ya Dad! Thanks to all the Cacti that have taken my family in and made them part of your family. You will never know how much it has meant through the years. And special thanks to Tom Kehoe for introducing me to all of you outstanding people, you are missed my friend. See you all in SAN in September.

Mike Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/19/2015
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4850. Just returned from my annual early May visit to the Wall in remembrance of Dick Matheis (KIA B Co. May 8, 1970) Beautiful Day today with lots of people. Paid tribute also to Charles Bazzinotti and Paul Ramos (KIA B Co May 13, 1970) May they all Rest in Peace as they each rest in our memories. I will be back at the Wall in early June in memory of my old pal Guinn. Miss all of our old friends. -- Doc Hall

Jim Doc Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/10/2015
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4849. Hi All, I am sending you this out because the 1st quarter of 2015 has come and gone and some you have not sent in your 2015 dues renewal yet. I have moved those that have not paid to the expired member status on the roster and will move Them back to an annual status when I receive their dues. I hope this is just an oversight on your part, because we need to stand strong as an association. I have sent emails to the 77 members who receive the Times Electronically. And I sent 34 emails that I had for the 90 members who receive the Times in the mail. Let me know if you have any questions about your membership status.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 05/06/2015
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4848. A lot has happened, in my life, over the past few years. I have lost all my address and tel numbers. I am trying to contact my RTO, Hollie Bankenship (b/2/35 and TOC., 1967) Hollie, if you see this give me a call at 781-842-2675 (home) or cell 302-685-8013. David Butters

Dave Butters -- Swampscott MA USA -- 05/06/2015
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4847. The 35th Infantry Association has received an official invitation to the Cacti 99th Birthday Luau at Wet N Wild Water Park in Kapolei, HI. The event is taking place on July 2 of this year and it begins at 6 pm. It will be catered to include a cocktail hour, formal portion, and then the water rides. The park will be closed to others as this will be a Cacti only family event. A Cacti rate of $55 per ticket has been negotiated by our 2-35 Brothers who look forward to seeing as many members of our Association that can attend. This is a great opportunity for the Soldiers and the Association to link up and share stories. Please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend. Thank you.

Pete Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 05/02/2015
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4846. Part of the 3rd Bde. are here in Fort Polk, met SMJ Johnson at the food court in the PX facility. The cacti will arrive next week, on Thursday. They get couple of days to get items from the PX then they go to the box that is the training area. They stay there until all training is completed. Louisiana Cacti can visit when they complete their rotation training.

Jesse Campos --  Anacoco LA USA -- 05/02/2015
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4845. Gents, I am looking for anyone who knew Larry Aman. I think he was assigned to Mortar PLT D CO 1/35 1968-1969. He passed away in 2013 and we the family are looking for info regarding his service. He did not speak of his time nor did he save any documents other than his 214.I have sent for records but really would like to hear from the men he served with. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice. Please let me know if you have any info. Sincerely, Chris (Nephew)

Chris Fresh -- Coeur d Alene ID USA -- 04/25/2015
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4844. 25th inf 65th eng.tunnel rat 1969

john vallejo -- Lancaster CA USA -- 04/23/2015
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4843. Bravo 2/35th Fifteenth Annual Luncheon In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Diego Sept 24 – 27 2015, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 25th we will be at La Pinata Mexican Restaurant 2836 Juan St, Old Town San Diego. 619-297-1631.A shaded and cool patio has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct our business. How to get there: Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 1 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting Return to hotel @ whenever or stay and enjoy “Old Town”. Meal: Five choices from our own menu. Fish Tacos, Vegetarian Fajitas, Chicken a La Mexicano, Fajita salad, Combo #4 (Beef or Chicken Taco AND a cheese enchilada with rice and beans), Yes, this is the same location that Bravo 1/35 will have their Friday night dinner. Our goal is to eat up everything so that they will have to order out! Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707 All reservations have to be received before Sept 19th. BRAVO 2/35…BEE THERE or BEE HUNGRY!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/23/2015
Email -- http://Bravo 2/35th Inf Reg


4842. I met Michael Forrister at the px/gas station as I was going in the store he was coming out wearing a cacti shirt. I introduced myself, showed him my membership card, and informed him about the association and the website. the rest is history, I am glad he posted a note hopefully he will join the association. I will stay in touch to encourage him.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 04/23/2015
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4841. I have just emailed 355 electronic members the Spring 2015 Cacti Times. For those of you that are annual members and have not renewed your dues for 2015, this will be the last copy you will receive until you renew. If you did not receive a copy and think you should have, send me an email and I will get one to you. Enjoy!

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 04/22/2015
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4840. We have a new war story from Doc Hall in our War Stories Section Enjoy!

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 04/21/2015
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4839. Was with Cacti from 2010-2013, deployed to Afghanistan, with HHC (Havoc) and Alpha (Apache) companies, best three years of my life.

Michael Forrister -- Makanda Il USA -- 04/17/2015
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4838. To everyone who has been wondering, especially those that sent prayers on my behalf, I am home. The surgery went well and now I start the recovery process. I will be in San Diego in September. Thanks for the prayers and well wishes.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 04/15/2015
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4837. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Cacti Green), 35th Infantry Regiment will hold their annual reunion dinner at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 25, 2015 at La Pinata in Old Town, just over one mile from the Crown Plaza Hotel, our home base in San Diego. This is the tenth consecutive year that the company will have its own separate get together in conjunction with the annual Cacti Regimental Reunion. There will be no set program but plenty of time to visit with old and new friends in a casual, festive and comfortable setting. La Pinata is a delightful Mexican restaurant that keeps getting better with time. It is also the oldest restaurant in Old Town, so it is steeped in tradition. For our dinner we will be in their Sala de Cactus (The Cacti Room) on the second floor in the back, away from the street. Located at 2836 Juan Street in the center of Old Town, La Pinata is only minutes from our hotel and if you have never been to San Diego you will find a wonderful assortment of shops and boutiques in the area right around the restaurant. Take a look at the location and menu on their web site at: http://www.lapinataoldtown.com. Of course you will find they have all the traditional Mexican favorites and an assortment of soups and salads. Check out the Especiales De La Casa and get ready for a feast. There is also a great selection of cervezas, vinos and Margaritas (you can order the wine and Margaritas by the Liter to share) to accompany all of that great food. And to top it off you can pick up your own pinata right there in the restaurant. Hilda (who keeps the office running properly) and the owner have graciously indicated that we will be able to order from the regular menu and pay individually. All Bravo Company, 1/35 veterans, family and friends who would like to attend should contact TJ Blue as soon as their plans are set so we can let the folks at the La Pinata know how many of us to expect. They can only accommodate 50-55 folks in the room we have reserved so the earlier you get on the list the better. This can be done by email teej1010@gmail.com; phone 843-525-1098 or snail mail at 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Ladys Island, SC 29907. Let us make 2015 our best reunion yet.

Thomas J Blue -- Ladys Island SC USA -- 04/10/2015
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4836. RECON 2/35 lost two good men. Lt. Thode and Sgt. Jeff Freeman. There were also five others badly wounded. It was a dark day for us all. I think about Nam every day but on this day the memories are especially strong. There was a lot of bravery that day. Leigh Thomas RECON 2/35 69-70

Leigh Thomas -- Riverside WA USA -- 04/09/2015
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4835. To all of the men from Recon and Bravo, April 8th, 1970, today and other days like it. I am so sorry that you had to go through such an experience. My heart is always in compassion and love towards you all. I know of no finer men. I know that my Dad could not have served if not for the unyielding brotherhood you each possessed while serving. The brotherhood remains tight after all of these years. I am witness to an unparalleled bond every year at the reunion. Please know that my heart carries you all tenderly. In memory of April 8, 1970.

Laurie Thode -- Dallas TX USA -- 04/08/2015
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4834. Looking for contact from anyone who served with my brother Pfc. Denis E. Abbott -35 Infantry, 2nd Battalion, A Company - KIA April 22,1966, Pleiku Province.

Linda Walde -- Enola PA USA -- 04/07/2015
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4833. a2/35 rto in 1967. went by handleAK

Steve Plant -- Gilroy CA USA -- 04/01/2015
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4832. i am looking for anyone who may have served with Pfc John Joseph "Jackie" Fullerton Jr, age 19, from Wilmington (Boston) Massachusetts who allegedly was a rifleman 11 bravo with A,2/35th Infantry from about June to Dec 1967. To assist in fully memorializing John, I need to confirm his service with the Cacti He was wounded 3 times on patrols, the last supposedly when his mongrel pet dog Sam detected an ambush in November 1967. Due to his three PHs, his CO had him transferred to Saigon AO with the 716th MP Bn where he was KIA on 1/31/1968.Any help you can provide would be appreciated .Thank you.---mike kelley msg ret, 1st air cav vietnam 1965-66.

MIke Kelley -- Tewksbury MA USA -- 03/30/2015
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4831. The nephew of Larry Aman, likely 1/35 company unknown, is seeking information about his uncle. It appears Larry served in Vietnam 1967-68 and may have been involved in the Hill 619 battle. He was an 11 Bravo and was awarded a CIB, Purple Heart and BSM, according to his ribbon bar. Please let me know if you know or recall Lawrence "Larry" Aman.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 03/24/2015
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4830. There is a new War Story posted.

Wiley Dodd --  USA -- 03/20/2015
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4829. Hello from Saigon. Myself and another 4th Infantry Vet are getting ready to fly back to the States. Went to Pleiku, Danang, Que Son Valley, Antenna Valley, An Hoa Basin, Nha Trang and back to Saigon. People were very friendly and helpful everywhere we went. The old Vietnam from the 1960s is pretty much gone. It is a very different place. Many times the Vietnamese people and Americans living over here went out of their way to help us and make us feel welcome. We met with other Vets that either lived here or were traveling around the country. Overall it was a very positive experience.

Glen Jenkins -- Manteca CA USA -- 03/18/2015
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4828. Johnny F. Madonich please come to the reunion in San Diego. We have a lot to talk about.It would be good to see you after all these years. try to get Kenneth Stumpf to go too. I have his E mail address.

lawrenece woff -- Milwaukie OR USA -- 03/15/2015
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4827. At 91 years of age, it is hard to remember the exact date of this event. I was sent to San Francisco to learn Map making. I was assigned duty with the 718th MP Bn. On this particular day my duty assignment was as guard at the bottom of the gangplank of a newly docked ship from Hawaii. General Small had been recalled to the states. As he was debarking from the ship, a passing Sea Gull decorated the visor of his Cap. It took a lot of control for me and many of the other men who were witnessing this to keep from laughing as the bird crap made its way dripping on to his tie and on down the front of his uniform

frank l marks -- Omaha NE USA -- 03/15/2015
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4826. pop smoke.......sent my dues .....Charlie Co pop smoke ....

Larry Frias Jr.  -- San Diego CA USA -- 03/12/2015
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4825. Remembering SP4 Andrew Castelda - KIA 3/12/67. To all those lost that day - rest with the angels. To those who made it home - Welcome Home and God Bless.

A Friend --  USA -- 03/11/2015


4824. We remember on this day -- Sp.4 James P. Perrone, Jr. KIA 3.12.67. "Eternally grateful for his sacrifice, forever in awe of his bravery, and always in debt for what he did."

Glenn Perrone -- Ridgewood NJ USA -- 03/11/2015
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4823. Hello from Pleiku Myself and another 4th inf. vet are here in Pleiku trying to create some new memories of this place. It is not hard to do. Everything is different. The only thing that looks the same is Dragon Mountain. There is now a 4 lane highway going out toward Camp Enari location and there are coffee plantations, pepper tree orchards, dragon fruit orchards, and a small Vietnamese military installation where Camp Enari used to be. The only thing that we could find that was leftover was the cement base for the old guard shack at the entrance and the old chopper strip which is now used for spreading out and drying coffee beans. People are very friendly but seem kind of shocked when we tell them we are returning veterans. Maybe more postings later as we get time. Cacti Forever.

Glen Jenkins --  Manteca CA USA -- 03/09/2015
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4822. Charlie Company Pop Smoke.....I am back.....had the shingles virus in my ear last summer....gave me vertigo for three months....but I am back.....Charlie of the 1st of the 35th break squelch .....

Larry Frias Jr -- San Diego CA USA -- 03/05/2015
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4821. Check out{Welcome home viet nam vet.) May see someone you know.

Wayne Sykes -- Louisville KY USA -- 03/04/2015
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4820. Lt Roth, great to here from you. I arrived one day after Captain Knight, became CO. How many NCOs do you remember, and their names. These are the ones I remember. George E Tackett (Red), A guy from Jersey City, NJ. You can call me or E-mail. Hope to hear from you.

Bradford G Anderson -- Concord AR USA -- 02/21/2015
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4819. Mike Slyck: SITREP. Situation normal? break squelch twice. Or at least get in touch with me. You are currently listed as MIA. -- Doc

Jim Doc Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 02/19/2015
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4818. I read the article of Leland Smith Korean war MIA it was a beautiful tribute to one our own. Some of the coins that Larry Curtis presented to the family members were 25th Div. and the purple heart coins. These coins were donated by chapter 727 military order of the purple heart.(MOPH). They always go out for their brethren Purple Heart recipients.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 02/17/2015
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4817. Was 1st Lt. 2nd platoon for Charlie Company November 1968-August 1969. Pleiku, Kontum mountains, Duc Lap. Looking for any connections

John(Craig) Williamson -- Carlisle PA USA -- 02/15/2015
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4816. I was one of the original 64 members of the Cacti Raiders. I found the double page article in Stars And Stripes about our group entitled, They Strike At Night. I sent a copy of it to VFW magazine and they sent me a letter back saying they were considering publishing an article about our group. My best friend and co 1st scout was Claud Peters. I never could locate him after getting back. One incident that has concerned me is the last patrol, daytime, unusual,I was on we had a mortar shell come into the midst of us as we were eating lunch. When I wokeup I was 20 feet or so from where I had been sitting. Not wounded. That is all I remember!!! I do not know how long my amnesia covered. I do not know how many were killed or injured, etc. If one of my old buddies reading this could let me know that would be great. Like to hear from any of the Cacti Raiders still kicking.

Chuck Pool -- El Dorado Hills CA USA -- 02/09/2015
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4815. During the past three year, I have been active in assisting veterans with disabilities. Every day, I learn something new. Todays tip: If you are 70,80, or 90 percent disabled, but compensated at the 100% due to unemployability, you are entitled to commissary privileges. But the military sites, also known as a rapid site will deny that privilege. suggestion, contact your local veteran affairs and request a letter explaining your 100% disability.

lisandro de hoyos -- Hesperia CA USA -- 02/06/2015
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4814. I have reserved a group section of 100 tickets for the Friday evening baseball game between the Padres and Diamondbacks. Originally they indicated the approximate cost at $35 a ticket, but I was able to confirm the cost at $17 a ticket yesterday. On the Reunion Registration form it is listed as $35 each. I have been able to change the price on the form here on the website, but not in the recent issue of the Cacti Times that just went out. For those that send in $35 a ticket I will reimburse you for the difference.

Doc Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 02/02/2015
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4813. Bill Greenwell KIA February 16, 1968. Rest in peace you are not forgotten. For any relatives I would love to hear from you. Just track me down. Try the above email or phil.landis@vvsd.net.

Phill Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 02/02/2015
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4812. Retired Master Chief USN.VFW POST 1677 Recently came into procession of book with letters & info on PFC Carl Nagengast killed in Vietnam Can you help with locating any family My phone 520-836-1160

Ron Black --  Casa Grande AZ USA -- 01/23/2015
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4811. Regret to report that good friend, good soldier, fellow Cacti Joe Noga Co I 35th passed away in early December.

Frank Dahl -- Billings MT USA -- 01/05/2015
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4810. This old "Cacti" and wife Joyce celebrated our 60th with family----great party.

Frank Dahl -- Billings MT USA -- 12/29/2014
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4809. Merry Christmas to all Cacti. May the new year bring us good health and joyous tidings. God bless all of you.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 12/25/2014
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4808. As we close on another Christmas, the 45th since spending Christmas in the field with B 2/35, I want to wish all Cacti, active and veterans, a Happy, Blessed, and Safe Christmas. Enjoy spending time with your families. Take a moment to reflect on our brothers and sisters who are not here because they remain forever young. Thank the Father of the Child responsible for this season, and pray the world finally embraces the message He brought all those years ago. Merry Christmas to all and may 2015 be a much better year than 2014.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 12/24/2014
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4807. Merry Christmas to all my Cacti Brothers!

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 12/24/2014
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4806. 49 years ago today 20 some soldiers, advance party for 25th division landed at Pleiku. Thanks to all who served, before and after. bless the families of those who did not return.

Robert Flatt -- Payneville KY USA -- 12/24/2014
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4805. I just returned from a trip to southern Minnesota where I attended funeral services for Velma Matheis (the Mother of Cacti KIA Dick Matheis)I drove out from New Jersey and Ole Olsen drove up from Kansas City in order to be there to say goodbye to this wonderful lady and to show support for all of Dicks family. My contact with the Matheis family over the years (and Ole agrees) has been one of the richest and most rewarding experiences of my life. We did not have the ability all those years ago to grieve and offer our support to the family but this helps to provide closure. Goodbye and God Bless you Mrs. Matheis and God Bless the Matheis family. Brother- Jerry and Sisters - Joyce, Shirley, and Carol. And God Bless You too Dick. You are always in our thoughts. -- Doc Hall

Jim Doc Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 12/19/2014
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4804. Hi All, Today I sent out the link to the Winter Cacti Times 2014 issue in an email to 348 members. I did get 8 emails that bounced back and have corrected 5 of them. If you feel you are supposed to get the Times through email please email me and I will get it to you. Don Johnson

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 12/18/2014
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4803. It is with sadness that I report the passing of a brother. Ray Burns C/2/35th 66-67.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 12/17/2014
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4802. I played Little League baseball against Jackie West and played on the same All Star teams with him. He was truly a great guy, one of the nicest guys I ever knew. Last month I visited him at The Wall and I stop by his grave from time to time. I had my daughter leave a baseball at The Wall many years ago by his name and I was pleased to see it displayed at the storage facility in a Smithsonian special, The Wall at 25. I was in-country when he was KIA, I saw his name in Stars and Stripes. I miss him and think of him often. RIP Jack you are not forgotten.

Charles Severino -- Bogota NJ USA -- 12/17/2014
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4801. I wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Welcome Home my brothers and sisters.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 11/28/2014
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4800. Today may be Thanksgiving and I am thankful for many things but I will pause in Remembrance of Joe H. Furch,Jose Ramos Jr, Greig R Parkhurst and Billie E. Sandefur who paid the ultimate sacrifice on this day November 27, 1967. Gone but certainly never forgotten.

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/27/2014
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4799. I have been looking for a friend that I entered the army Nov. 1967. we arrived in Viet Nam together and He was sent to the 2/35th Company E. working on 4.2 Mortars. His Name is Lawrence Grove , from Philadelphia, Pa. The last time I saw or talked to him was in the base camp Hospital Nov. 1968 before I was sent to Japan. 106th General Hospital. If any one knows of him Please send me any information. Thank you for any help Butch Hooven 1/35 Infantry Co. A

Harry Hooven -- Joppa MD USA -- 11/27/2014
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4798. The first set of 2014 Reunion pics are now posted. More to come! Dick A

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/25/2014
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4797. ATTN: All Cacti in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The remains of Leland F Smith who died while a POW in North Korea, has been identified and will be returned home for burial. He was from Fremont, IN in the Northeast corner of Indiana (Near the borders with Ohio and Michigan). Pete Birrow has been in contact with the Weicht Funeral Home in Angola, IN and tentatively it appears that services for Leland will be held there on December 8 with burial at nearby Jamestown, IN. Any Cacti who lives in the vicinity please consider attending these services to welcome our Brother home after all these years. These services are not sad affairs but rather are to celebrate his return. His parents passed on several years ago but they provided a cemetery plot and a headstone in hopes that one day Leland would join them. That day is near. Please consider attending these services to represent the Cacti in welcoming him home. If you think you may be able to do this please contact me at t he e-mail address below or Pete Birrow at his e-mail address on the web site. -- Thanks Doc H

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 11/23/2014
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4796. We think of you often. Sincerely Third Plt B 1/35 in memory of Lt Randall Schaffer.

Laura Walker --  USA -- 11/21/2014
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4795. Hi My name is Carla Berry and I live in Puerto Rico I have a newspaper clipping of my dad Roy Anthony Berry who said he was in the Company C 2nd Battalion 35th infantry in Quang Ngai province, 1967. The article said he was a war hero and received several medals including 2 medals; one with the special v and one the bronze star with a v and also an oak leaves cluster. I do not know much of this but would like more information gracias Carla

Carla Berry --  PR -- 11/19/2014
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4794. I am producing a video about LT Curtis E Chase, A, 2-35th, 1966-67; KIA 6 May 1967; and would be very interested in speaking with anyone that served with Curt, especially during the Fall and Winter 1966. You can review the project progress at cactiblue.com . If there are any images or resources you would like to access on the site please feel free.

Mark Brodie -- Hingham MA USA -- 11/18/2014
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4793. We have posted some new Vietnam pics in the Photo Section from Mike Critchfield, A, 1/35th, 1968-69. Please take a look!

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/14/2014
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4792. On November 12, 1968, I volunteered for the draft and after 10 months of training I had the distinct honor to be assigned to D Co. 1st Plt. 2/35th 4th Inf Div. That honor will never be forgotten. My thoughts, respect and admiration go to all of my comrades and brothers in arms and to Sgt. Joe Postiglione who sacrificed his life on March 8, 1970 in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam.

Ed Hubbart -- Thousand Oaks CA USA -- 11/12/2014
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4791. From Beth Hansen and mom who we met at the monument dedication at Ft Benning: Just wanted to send an email and tell you that I and my mom are thinking of you and the other cacti on this day when we remember the service and sacrifice that you and so so many other others have given. While it saddens me that our country has had to participate in wars and so called “actions”, I do so appreciate your willingness—along with the rest of my father’s brothers, the cacti—to serve your country during those times. While we make a special effort to let you each know on Veteran’s day how much your service has meant, and how much it is appreciated, please know that we carry these feelings with us every day. My father didn’t mention the war much. He said that was not something a little girl needed to know about. But I do know that he was proud to have served with his “team”. He never mentioned anyone that he served with without love and respect in his voice. I remember that you told me that you were in communications during the war. So now, I want to communicate with you the high regard and the appreciation that we feel. Thank you for your service! Beth Hansen and Edith Allison daladypaints@bellsouth.net

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 11/11/2014
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4790. In memory of Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67 - would like to wish all who served a peaceful and happy Veterans Day. God Bless.

A Friend --  USA -- 11/10/2014


4789. In March of 1967 Don Holke was one of several guys who greeted me as a FNG. That very night we were directed to go on a listening post only to be caught in a friendly crossfire between Alpha, Bravo and the enemy. Hugging the ground like snakes we would survive that and other close calls on May 19 and 22. When I twisted my ankle a few months later on some black rock that looked like hardened lava I was carrying the PRC 25 and it was Don Holke who relieved me of the load but when my ankle had recovered a couple weeks later he refused to let me have the radio back, stating that I was to small at 5 feet, 5 inches to be carrying it in the first place. I would later be chosen to go back to the rear and do OJT for Co Clerk because the previous clerk, Al Randolph, who was from my home town in MI had put me in for it. At the time Alphas SOP was that the clerks came from the field not from MOS allocation. I was instrumental in getting Don a compassionate leave and I was there to see him go home for 30 days and there to greet him when he came back only to be KIA a short time later. He would still be carrying that same radio when he was KIA on Nov 9, 1967 and I had to list him on the morning report again except this time it would be KIA. A sad day in more ways than one. Never forgotten my friend!

Dave Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/09/2014
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4788. I apologize for the delay in posting the last 4 stories submitted.. They have now been posted. Thank you

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 11/04/2014
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4787. Thanks to Leigh Thomas for reaching out to fellow veterans, his book RECON and the Green Monster was good reading. This is a good looking site.

Mark Brockway -- Fort Edward NY USA -- 11/02/2014
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4786. Forty-six years ago today, Warren Henry Raines, Thomas Edward Sirbaugh (Crosco), Eugene Spencer, and William Dale Stovall lost their lives when their team was hit while returning to base near Duc Lap. To Caroline Raines and Kelley Stovall Ashe; your Husband and Dad live in our hearts forever. Rest in peace my Cacti Brothers.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 10/31/2014
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4785. Cacti Blue from 09/1965 to 12/1966, B Company, 2/35, it has been my pleasure to serve with the best-of-the-best. Leon Morgan

Leon Morgan -- Houston TX USA -- 10/25/2014
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4784. In memory of Eugene Naylor and Roger Romine, who died together on this date in 1967....Recon,Co E, 1st Bn., 35th Inf, 4th Div.

Joyce Davis -- Danville KY USA -- 10/23/2014
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4783. I served with C, 2/35th, 1st Platoon, 1969-70. Anyone know where these people are today? Dennis Goforth, Charles Ward, Jack Steinfeld, Dale Harbough.

Ronald Duda -- Slippery Rock PA USA -- 10/18/2014
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4782. Sorry for the posting on 4 new stories in the War Stories section, Due to technical difficulties they are not.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 10/13/2014
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4781. In Memory of Ranger Michael Geary A poor Young Boy has died today in a land that is far away. He is called a hero some will say but friends and family just cry and pray. This boy went with American pride sent by men we deem wise. These men do not go but send our young to fight a war they would not let us win. These men are brave during the terrible fight and try to save the ones they can that night. They wonder who will be the next to go and just hope to make another day. A poor young boy has died today and friend and family cry and pray. They wonder why but they do not know why a poor young boy has died today. Some make it home but things are not right as they think of that terrible night. That poor young boy was their family that night and now it is their turn to cry and pray.

William Keller -- Sarasota FL USA -- 10/12/2014
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4780. We have 4 new stories in our war stories section. Three are from Father Devine the third brigade Chaplain from 68 to 70, those Cacti who served in that period may remember him. Enjoy! and if you have one to share please do!

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 10/11/2014
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4779. Susan thanks for letting us know about Raymonds birthday. I add my Happy Birthday to him also. I remember that day 8-27-66 like it was yesterday, very sad.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 10/11/2014
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4778. Happy Birthday Raymond J. Poncurak,you would have turned 70 years old today. Sadly, enough you were killed @Plae Ku August, 1966. I was fortunate to meet the buddies that served with Raymond @ the Reunion that was held 2009, in Nevada. If any one from the 35th, 2nd platoon Bravo Co., would like to add a note for Raymond, please do. Ray is buried @ the Oakland Commentary, Yonkers, NY and he is listed with find a grave.com I can be reached @ sjponc@gmail.com if anyone has any pictures of Ray, please share them. Best regards, Susan J. Poncurak

Susan J. Poncurak -- Oceanside CA USA -- 10/10/2014
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4777. Would like to leave this message to Joe Doc Olea from Kelso, Washington USA. My name is Sal Raccuglia. I was a member of Charlie company in Vietnam from 1969 to 1969. I noticed in your message that you contacted some of our brothers, such as Gypsey who I remember vividly. Some of the guys I do not remember that well. If you or the other guys in your list would like to contact me, I would like that very much. I live in Pennsylvania. My phone number is 610-929-4266....this is my place of business....ask for me. You can also email me at Thumkey@yahoo.com. To all you brothers.....THANK YOU FOR SERVING PROUDLY!! Hope to hear from you soon.

Salvatore Raccuglia -- Temple PA USA -- 10/04/2014
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4776. Health and Welfare Account #1001 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.

Health & Welfare Committee --   -- 10/03/2014
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4775. San Diego, Gary.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 10/03/2014
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4774. The Bravo 2/35 luncheon held last Friday was a wonderful success. 80 people out of the 85 that were expected to attend were very pleased with the event and the record breaking attendance. The lunch money that was in excess will be donated to our active duty soldiers in Hawai and held in reserve for next year. Thank you all for making this a great day.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 10/03/2014
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4773. Where is the next reunion?

Gary Vrose -- Fletcher NC USA -- 10/02/2014
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