Cacti Guestbook

Thank you for visiting the 35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association's website. Feel free to leave a message, and if you want someone to contact you, leave your email address. The Association reserves the right to edit any guestbook entry for content or length, or to reject an entry completely if it is deemed to be offensive or defamatory. It may take 24 to 48 hours for your post to appear because each post has to be reviewed due to increased spammer activity.

The process to sign our guestbook has been updated. If you have problems, or don't see your guestbook entry in a day or two, email me at Richard Arnold and please put "Guestbook" in the subject line.



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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


4798. The first set of 2014 Reunion pics are now posted. More to come! Dick A

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/25/2014
Email


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
Email


4796. We think of you often. Sincerely Third Plt B 1/35 in memory of Lt Randall Schaffer.

Laura Walker --  USA -- 11/21/2014
Email


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
Email


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
Email -- http://Cactiblue.com


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


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
Email


4775. San Diego, Gary.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 10/03/2014
Email


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
Email


4773. Where is the next reunion?

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


4768. Attention all Bravo 2/35 luncheon attendees: We will have more than 80 of us that will be going to Buca di Beppo on Friday. If you have a vehicle, please help with the transportation so that we can all be there by 1:00 pm. It is close by but it might require multiple trips. Thank you for your help.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 09/22/2014
Email


4767. Attention Reunion attendees: Those of you that want to golf Friday morning we should be playing at the Chevy Chase Country Club with Tee Times starting at 7am. Call or email me or just sign up on the golf list in the hospitality room.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 09/18/2014
Email


4766. We have some great old photos from Nogales posted now in the Photo section.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 09/17/2014
Email


4765. ATTENTION REUNION ATTENDEES: IF YOU HAVE RESERVATIONS FOR THE HOTEL, BUT NOT AT THE 35TH RATE PLEASE EMAIL ME OR CALL ME SO I CAN HELP YOU! 225-247-9321

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 09/13/2014
Email


4764. 2014 Company B, 1st Battalion Dinner Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Cacti Green), 35th Infantry Regiment will hold their annual reunion dinner at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Captain’s Steak and Fish House, only one mile from the Northbrook Hilton Hotel, our home base in Northbrook. This is the ninth 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 friends in a casual and comfortable setting. Captain’s Steak and Fish House (also called The Captain’s Quarters) is a small neighborhood eatery located at 3566 Milwaukee Avenue, just minutes from the hotel. New owner, Flavio Renzulli, took over the restaurant in January and is in the process of updating the interior and some of the methods of preparation but is keeping most of the items on the menu and has retained Davy Haro, head chef for the past 30 years. He plans to close the restaurant from 5:30 to 7:30 on September 26 to ensure the complete focus of the entire staff is on our party. Flavio has also agreed to let us order individually from their complete menu. Take a look at the location and menu on their web site at: http://www.captainsnorthbrook.com Of course you’ll find they have steak and seafood of all varieties at very reasonable prices but they also have salads, sandwiches and burgers. And for those of you thinking of seafood, in addition to favorites like shrimp, sole, scallops and salmon, Captain’s also offers great Midwestern treats like fresh pan fried perch and rainbow trout. You’ll also discover an excellent assortment of seasonal craft beers at the fully stocked bar. 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 Captain’s Steak and Fish House know how many of us to expect. This can be done by email teej1010@gmail.com; by phone 843-525-1098 or by snail mail at 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Lady’s Island, SC 29907. Alonzo Jones has been in and out of the hospital recently and will not be attending the reunion this year so please send your responses my way and keep Alonzo in your thoughts and prayers.

TJ Blue -- Ladys Island SC USA -- 09/09/2014
Email


4763. My big art show is coming up again – the reason I have been unable to attend the reunions. The year of my husband Mike Tryon’s death, I established an award in his name, using my own funds. I was wondering if anyone from the 35th would be willing to donate to add to this award. Mike was there with me every year, and I really miss him, as does everyone else. It will go to the artist whose work Mike really would have liked. It’s aside from the regular awards, and it’s called the Mike Tryon Memorial award. Check out our web site below and see what you think. If anyone is interested, checks can be made out to Arts on the River (we are sponsored by a 501c3 organization – Uptown Columbus), and sent to 6162 Cape Cod Court, Columbus, GA 31904 Thanks, Lois

Lois Tryon -- Columbus GA USA -- 09/05/2014
Email -- http://www.artsontheriver.com


4762. BRAVO 2/35 14th ANNUAL LUNCHEON! In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Chicago Sept 25 – 28, 2014, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 26th, we will be at the BUCA di BEPPO (“JOES BASEMENT”) 604 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct business. We will eat Italian, Family style. Here it is: Insalate: Mixed Green salad and Caesar Salad Pasta & Entrees: Spaghetti Marinara and Fettuccine Alfredo Entree: Chicken Parmigiana Dessert: Cannoli. Coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 4 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting then return to hotel @ whenever or stay until the wine is gone. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Reservations have to be received before Sept 19th.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 08/31/2014
Email -- http://Almost There!


4760. Looking for anyone who served with my father Robert Herndon in Fox Company 25th Infantry 35th Regiment from May 1954 to January 1957. Keywords: Buck Sergeant William Bonine, SSGT Ohia, SGT Figuration, TSGT Robinson, Old Elk, Clarence Cutstherope, MSGT Homer, Big Willie Moose, Moss...

Robert Herndon -- Cathredral City CA USA -- 08/26/2014
Email


4759. Ron Cox is going to the Cubs vs Cardinals game Wed night Sept 24th and wants to know if anyone else is going and if he could get a ride. Call him at 918-464-2415 if you can help him out.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/14/2014
Email


4758. From The September 8, 1964 Stars and Stripes SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (IO) – Forty men were graduated from the U.S. Army’s 25th Inf. Div. NCO Academy at Schofield Barracks. A ceremony at Kaaia Service Club marked the conclusion of five weeks of intensive training and study for the privates first class and specialists who received advanced training n leadership, map reading, patrolling and other Army topics. The graduates represent virtually every unit in the Tropic Lightning Division, plus one soldier from U.S. Army Garrison, Schofield Barracks, and another from the 81st Army Security Agency at Helemano. The graduates are Sp4 Elden A. Barbieri, Hq. Co., 1st Bn., 14th Inf.; PFC Rodman L. Barnes, A Co., 2d Bn., 27th Inf.; Sp4 James G. Brisco, E Co., 725th Maintenance Bn.; SP4 Horace C. Collins, C Co., 1st Bn., 5th Inf. (Mechanized); PFC Alfredo Cordero, Hq. Btry., 25th Div. Arty., PFC Francis Daniels, 81st Army Security Agency, Special Operations Unit. Also, PFC William E. Davies, Hq. Co., 2d Brigade; Sgt Ingacio R. Delarosa, 2d Bn., 35th Inf.; PFC Julius E. Detwyler, B Btry., 2d Bn., 21st Arty.; SP4 Ezra L. Brewer, B. Co., 65th Engr. Bn.; PFC Ronald L. Floyd, Hq. Bry., 1st Bn., 8th Arty.; Sp4 Kenneth W. Fields, A Co., 2d Bn., 14th Inf. Sp4 Theodore Foote Jr., B Co., 1st Bn., 14th Inf. And PFC Henry L. Francis, B Co., 2d Bn., 35th Inf.; PFC Bill B. Garey, B Co., 1st Bn;, 59th Armor; Sp4 David R. Greenwood, B Co., 2d Bn., 27th Inf.; SP4 Harvie S. Griffith, Hq. Co., 2d Brigade; PFC John J. Hall, B Co., 1st Bn., 5th Inf. (Mechanized); PFC Raymond L. Hansen, C Btry., 7th Bn., 11th Arty. Also Sp4 Timothy R. Hill, C Co., 2d Bn, 14th Inf., PFC Donald A. Hull, B Co., 1st Bn., 35th Inf.; Sp4 Bobby R. Hudler, H Co., 1st Bn., 35th Inf.; Sp4 Van D. Hopper, A Co., 1st Bn., 14th Inf.; Sp4 William Joyner Jr., A Co., 1st Bn., 35th Inf.; Sp4 Charles D. Keltner, 25th Military Police Co. And, PFC John W. Kilgore, C Co., 1st Bn., 35th Inf.; PFC Jack T. Maness, B Btry., 3rd Bn., 13th Arty.; Sp4 Maurice W. McCauley. Co Co. , 85th Engr. Bn.; Sp4 Neill A. McNiece, Hq. Co., 2d Bn., 35th Inf.; Sp4 Brian C. Nelsen, Hq. Btry., 25h Div. Arty.; PFC Ronald E. Osimo, Hq. Co., 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Also Sp4 Joseph D. Santry, Hq. Co., 1st Bn., 5th Inf. (Mechanized); Sp4 Robert A Shaw, C Co. , 1st Bn., 69th Armor; Sp4 William J. Shearer Jr. C Co., 1st Bn., 14th; Sp4 Allen C. Snively, B Co., 125th Signal Bn.; Sp4 Harold A. Sullivan, A Co., 1st Bn., 5th Inf. (Mechanized); SP4 Lowell W. Thurston, B Co., 1st Bn., 27th Inf. And PFC Stephan G. Warner, Hq Btry., 25th Div. Arty; Sp4 David L. Whip, B Co. 25th Aviation Bn., and PFC Raymond A Waldie, 25th Military Police Co.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 08/09/2014
Email


4757. The Luncheon for A company, 2/35th, will be on Friday, September 26,2014 at 12:30 pm. in Allgauers Restaurant in the Northbrook Hilton. The restaurant will save a section for us, and we will order off the menu and pay individually. If you are planning on attending, please contact Pat Martin at 843-229-8347 or SGTPAT50@aol.com.

Rick Rosenau -- White Creeks TN USA -- 08/08/2014
Email


4756. 2014 Company B, 1st Battalion Dinner Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Cacti Green), 35th Infantry Regiment will hold their annual reunion dinner at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Captain’s Steak and Fish House, only one mile from the Northbrook Hilton Hotel, our home base in Northbrook. This is the ninth 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 friends in a casual and comfortable setting. Captain’s Steak and Fish House (also called The Captain’s Quarters) is a small neighborhood eatery located at 3566 Milwaukee Avenue, just minutes from the hotel. New owner, Flavio Renzulli, took over the restaurant in January and is in the process of updating the interior and some of the methods of preparation but is keeping most of the items on the menu and has retained Davy Haro, head chef for the past 30 years. He plans to close the restaurant from 5:30 to 7:30 on September 26 to ensure the complete focus of the entire staff is on our party. Flavio has also agreed to let us order individually from their complete menu. Take a look at the location and menu on their web site at: http://www.captainsnorthbrook.com Of course you’ll find they have steak and seafood of all varieties at very reasonable prices but they also have salads, sandwiches and burgers. And for those of you thinking of seafood, in addition to favorites like shrimp, sole, scallops and salmon, Captain’s also offers great Midwestern treats like fresh pan fried perch and rainbow trout. You’ll also discover an excellent assortment of seasonal craft beers at the fully stocked bar. All Bravo Company, 1/35 veterans, family and friends who would like to attend should contact Alonzo Jones or TJ Blue as soon as their plans are set so we can let the folks at the Captain’s Steak and Fish House know how many of us to expect. This can be done for Alonzo by email jones_35inf_5cav@telepage.net; phone 423-223-4552 or snail mail at PO Box 4483, Oneida, TN 37841 or for TJ by email teej1010@gmail.com; phone 843-525-1098 or snail mail at 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Lady’s Island, SC 29907. Let’s make 2014 our biggest reunion yet.

Thomas J Blue -- Ladys Island SC USA -- 08/08/2014
Email


4755. Served with Co. A 1/35th in 1961-1964. Went to Pleiku in early 64 in one of the early 25th Inf Div Shotgun Groups.

Ken Anderson -- Tucson AZ USA -- 08/06/2014
Email


4754. If you are attending the Chicago reunion and were a Member of Tony Bizants original A Company from Hawaii I would very much like to say hello while you are in the area. Especially if your remember the night Russell and I wrecked John Fieldings jeep. Larry Melton

Larry Melton -- Wheaton IL USA -- 08/05/2014
Email


4753. I made hotel reservation on Monday and was confirmed. I will be by myself and will have two beds in my room and sm willing to share the room with a single attendee.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 07/30/2014
Email


4752. ATTENTION ALL YOU REUNION GOERS THAT HAVE NOT MADE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS YET, MAKE THEM NOW OR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!WE HAVE SURPASSED OUR ORIGINAL ROOM BLOCK AND THE HOTEL IS NOW MONITORING OUR BLOCK AND ADDING ROOMS AS NEEDED AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THE ROOMS. IAM ALSO DOING THE SAME, LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS RESERVING A ROOM. ALSO, I HAVE NOTICED ABOUT 50+ PEOPLE THAT HAVE ROOMS THAT HAVE NOT SENT IN THEIR REGISTRATIONS TO ME. WE NEED TO GET THOSE IN.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 07/29/2014
Email


4751. BRAVO 2/35 14th ANNUAL LUNCHEON! In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Chicago Sept 25 – 28, 2014, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 26th, we will be at the BUCA di BEPPO (“JOES BASEMENT”) 604 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct business. We will eat Italian, Family style. Here it is: Insalate: Mixed Green salad and Caesar Salad Pasta & Entrees: Spaghetti Marinara and Fettuccine Alfredo Entree: Chicken Parmigiana Dessert: Cannoli. Coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 4 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting then return to hotel @ whenever or stay until the wine is gone. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Reservations have to be received before Sept 19th.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 07/27/2014
Email -- http://Less than two months!


4750. The Annual Recon Luncheon will be held Friday 9/26 at the Cheesecake Factory 930 Milwaukee Avenue Lincolnshire IL 847-955-2350. Its approx. 4 miles from the North Brook Hilton Hotel. We will figure out how were all going to get there at the Hotel.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 07/26/2014
Email


4749. Saw the message from Brad Anderson. I was a platoon leader with D/2/35 from August 15, 1968 until Feb 69. You must have joined Delta during the 9/27 an 9/28 firefight...be glad you missed it.

Bob Roth -- St Louis MO USA -- 07/23/2014
Email


4748. Does anyone have pictures A/2/35 ,1967-68,Duc Pho,Pleiku,etc. I have already posted my pictures.

Roberto Albandoz -- Canovanas PR  -- 07/23/2014
Email


4747. I found this information in the Jun-Sep 2014 Army Echoes The Library of Congress wants to hear your wartime stories! The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. ... Veterans can record a 30 minute or longer conversation about their military experience; gather 20 or more pages of memoirs, diaries, or journals; provide 10 or more photographs or letters and submit them to VHP for inclusion in this historical project. All submissions must be original materials and will become the property of the Library of Congress, so keep copies for your own records. VHP field kits that can be used by veterans, family members, or Boy Scouts to recorded the wartime stories can be downloaded and printed from VHP website at www.loc.gov/vets. If you do not have internet access, call the toll free information line at (888) 371-5848.

John Pearman -- Farmington MN USA -- 07/23/2014
Email


4746. I will be at the Chicago reunion and it sure would be nice to see about 20 or more of you WW II Vets in attendance. Afraid you wont know anyone. Hell, their all our buddies as they went through the same thing you did only on a different stage. Cut loose with some of that cash and come and enjoy yourself. Remember, you cant take it with you. Handicapped? So am I. I cant walk but I dont let that hold me back. Hope to see some of you WW II boys at the reunion. Frank Marks Pfc extra ordinare

frank l marks -- Omaha Ne USA -- 07/23/2014
Email -- http://Fox Co. Apr.43-Sept.45


4735. I think I found some old pics from the"Cacti" 35th infantry when I was looking through my mothers stuff.This is the page I ran across when looking up the pics so I figured I would let you all know.Feel free to email me if anyone is interested in looking to see if I am right.

Misty Post -- Buckhannon WV USA -- 07/17/2014
Email


4734. I got to D/2/35 28 Sept 1968, spent some time with 2 PLT. Would like to here from Delta. 501-231-9393

Bradford Anderson -- Concord AR USA -- 07/06/2014
Email


4733. Last Sunday I sent out the link to the latest Cacti Times to 340 members. If you did not receive the link email and believe you should have please send me an email.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 07/04/2014
Email


4732. Test

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 07/04/2014
Email


4729. A Co. 1/35 LUNCHEON will be held at high noon, Friday, 9/26 at the Allgauers Restaurant, located in the Hilton hotel. Here is the link for the menu, which you can copy and paste in your browser:http://northbrookallgauers.com/allgauers-restaurant. Please let me know if you can attend. Terry Kehoe, tkehoe2@cox.net

Terry Kehoe --  USA -- 07/03/2014
Email


4728. I was one of the original 64 volunteers of the special forces Cacti Raiders in which only 14 of us remained when they disbanded us because of lack of volunteers.

Charles ( Chuck ) Pool -- El Dorado Hills CA USA -- 06/21/2014
Email


4727. BRAVO 2/35 14th ANNUAL LUNCHEON! In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Chicago Sept 25 – 28, 2014, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 26th, we will be at the BUCA di BEPPO (“JOES BASEMENT”) 604 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct business. We will eat Italian, Family style. Here it is: Insalate: Mixed Green salad and Caesar Salad Pasta & Entrees: Spaghetti Marinara and Fettuccine Alfredo Entree: Chicken Parmigiana Dessert: Cannoli. Coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 4 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting then return to hotel @ whenever or stay until the wine is gone. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Reservations have to be received before Sept 19th.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 06/18/2014
Email -- http://BRAVO THE BEST!


4726. The U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. On this special day a salute goes out to all who have served and helped make this Army the world class organization it is today.

T.J. Blue -- Lady's Island SC USA -- 06/15/2014
Email


4725. The brother of KIA Ernest E Ross, 11/17/1966 C, 1/35th, is looking for anyone who knew his brother. Ernest was an African-American from NC. Thanks guys. Dick Arnold

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 06/13/2014
Email


4724. On Friday June 13th a Cacti Brother, Cpl Lucio R Aguilar, will be returning home after nearly 64 years of being missing in action in Korea. Cpl Aguilar's remains were recently identified through DNA testing and he will be returned to his hometown area of Corpus Christie, TX for burial. Services will be held on Friday at the Guardian Funeral Home in Corpus Christie at 0930 hrs. Burial with grave side services will follow at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christie. Any Cacti in reach of the services and who can attend to welcome home one of our heroes would be much appreciated. This will be a very special and joyful event to have our Brother home after all these years. If you think you can attend please let me know at the e-mail below. It would be very special to have a Cacti Brother on hand as he is welcomed home. Cacti Forever - Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/10/2014
Email


4723. I would like to say thank you to all the men and women who have served in the military to promote and provide the freedoms that ALL AMERICANS have been able to enjoy over the years. I especially thank those who served with my Uncle, Cpl. Daniel Joseph Carter, who was KIA in Korea on 3-11-52. Finally, I thank Sgt. Francis E. Dahl who was my Uncle's platoon sergeant, as he has shared some of his thoughts about those who were in his platoon; and has proclaimed how proud and honored he was to have served with them. There will never be enough thanks to any of those who paid the ultimate price...but I hope they know there are many out here in this world who are sincerely appreciative! Thank you each and everyone, and may you be blessed with all that you need!

William Jernigan -- Hanahan SC USA -- 06/06/2014
Email


4722. On 04/15/1968, Companies C & D 1/35th engaged the NVA in an intense firefight a bit NE of LZ Mile High. The two Companies combined suffered nine KIAs. It has recently been discovered that there was actually a tenth KIA, an artillery guy helping out during the fight. We have come across Operational Logs from E Battery, 41st Artillery, I Field Force. On April 1, 1968, a Quad-50 from that unit was air-lifted to Mile High. On 04/15/1968, PFC James E Nicolaisen of the Quad-50 unit assisted in the 35th Inf fight as a stretcher-bearer. The Logs report he somehow became separated from the engaging units and his body was found April 17, 1968 during an infantry unit sweep. It is very possible that sweep was actually either C or D Company recovering their dead. We would be interested in communicating with anyone who recalls the incident.

Dick Arnold -- Indy IN USA -- 06/05/2014
Email


4721. I am the sister of 1st Lt Steven M Gillmer. On June 02,2014 a Sgt. Michael McCombs left a memorial on Steven's page of the Viet Nam Memorial. If any one of you know Sgt. McCombs please have him contact me. Rebecca Kinnear gorphelya@comcast.net or Becky Kinnear on Face Book.

Rebecca Kinnear -- Yelm WA USA -- 06/04/2014
Email


4720. June 4, 1970, 44 years ago today, we (1st Platoon Bravo Co 2/35th) lost our good friend Guinn (Robert George Guinn). There isn't a day goes by we don't think of you buddy. God Bless. RIP as you rest in our hearts & memory. I'm heading to the Wall this morning to spend a few hours with you.

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/04/2014
Email


4719. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Cacti Green), 35th Infantry Regiment will hold their annual reunion dinner at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Captain’s Steak and Fish House, only one mile from the Northbrook Hilton Hotel, our home base in Northbrook. This is the ninth 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 friends in a casual and comfortable setting. Captain’s Steak and Fish House (also called The Captain’s Quarters) is a small neighborhood eatery located at 3566 Milwaukee Avenue, just minutes from the hotel. New owner, Flavio Renzulli, took over the restaurant in January and is in the process of updating the interior and some of the methods of preparation but is keeping most of the items on the menu and has retained Davy Haro, head chef for the past 30 years. He plans to close the restaurant from 5:30 to 7:30 on September 26 to ensure the complete focus of the entire staff is on our party. Flavio has also agreed to let us order individually from their complete menu. Take a look at the location and menu on their web site at: http://www.captainsnorthbrook.com Of course you’ll find they have steak and seafood of all varieties at very reasonable prices but they also have salads, sandwiches and burgers. And for those of you thinking of seafood, in addition to favorites like shrimp, sole, scallops and salmon, Captain’s also offers great Midwestern treats like fresh pan fried perch and rainbow trout. You’ll also discover an excellent assortment of seasonal craft beers at the fully stocked bar. All Bravo Company, 1/35 veterans, family and friends who would like to attend should contact Alonzo Jones or TJ Blue as soon as their plans are set so we can let the folks at the Captain’s Steak and Fish House know how many of us to expect. This can be done for Alonzo by email jones_35inf_5cav@telepage.net; phone 423-223-4552 or snail mail at PO Box 4483, Oneida, TN 37841 or for TJ by email teej1010@gmail.com; phone 843-525-1098 or snail mail at 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Lady’s Island, SC 29907. Let’s make 2014 our biggest reunion yet. Looking forward to seeing all Bravo Company members and guests in Northbrook and especially for dinner on Friday, September 26 at 5:30 pm!

T J Blue -- Lady's Island SC USA -- 06/03/2014
Email


4718. Here it is June 2, 2014 and I would like to leave a little message. I would like to thank all members of "C" 1/35 that were with the company on June 3, 1968 for giving me the rest of my life. I thought events of that day/night and next morning would fade after this many years , but I was wrong. I know I will leave out some warriors but not intentionally. There are some individuals that I have had the pleasure of reconnecting with over the years and I would like to name them now: Jim Cooke, Craig McGowan, Joe Skillings, Jim McDevitt, Bob Maltby, Phil Surace, Jerry Walling, Rich LeCausi, Phil Steinke, Victor Perez, Don "doc" Davis, Rick Blomberg, David "Gypsey" Lougee. Brothers forever Thank You. Now I would like to pay tribute to 3 of our brothers that made the ultimate sacrifice: Lt. Steven Gilmer, Sgt. Harry Butler, Spec. Delbert Ray Brockmeyer. May they rest in peace.

Forrest Joe"Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 06/02/2014
Email


4717. Hope all have a safe and good Memorial Day. To all our fallen Cacti brothers, we will never forget you. Lusk

Larry Luscri -- St Louis MO USA -- 05/25/2014
Email


4716. With memorial day almost here. i remember the day when had a point man with a dog airlifted to our unit 3rd platoon company c ist bn 35th infantry. things were really hot. something happening every day. we were on a ridge line on a trail and there was this huge rock. i mean the size of small garage. we headed out on patrol and as the point man just went past this huge rock we were ambushed. He was hit in the stomach. fell unconscious. after a brief fire fight we pulled back. we quickly brought in C4 to blow the trees for a landing zone to get him out. which we did. today I always wondered if he made it. I do not think so. if he did what is doing today. the point dog survived but never alerted. the VC paid a price for that day. not all got away. I will never forget this day till I die!

Lawrence Woff -- Damascus OR USA -- 05/25/2014
Email


4715. My Dad, James Ira Blankenship was wounded on 8/5/1950 with the 35th Infantry. The information I have is sketchy at best (my dad passed in 1982 when I was 18) I love reading the battle history. I am looking for pictures And anyone who may be able to share a story or two. Thank you. Still miss my Dad, Caroline Grantham Army Brat

Caroline Grantham --  USA -- 05/24/2014
Email


4714. This is in memory of Mike Branin KIA on LZ Jean November 13, 1968. I still remember that day as if it were yesterday even though it was many yesterday's ago. I wish I could have done more for you that morning but it was out of my control. I was given the honor of escorting you home to your family, rest in peace my friend. I will be marching for you in the Memorial Day Parade in Jackson, NJ.

Timothy Baranyay -- Whiting NJ USA -- 05/23/2014
Email


4713. Thoughts and prayers in memory of Sp4 Andrew Castelda and all who served and gave so much. You are forever in our hearts.

A friend --  USA -- 05/23/2014


4712. Trying to located Mike McCann, B, 1/35th Inf. He was in Vietnam on February 7th, 1968 in Quang Nam Province. Served with my uncle, PFC Joseph Mandarino and was with him when he was killed in action. Any help connecting with him would be greatly appreciated.

Maria Mandarino -- Lakewood CO USA -- 05/22/2014
Email


4711. My Dad, SGT Terry Mathis, served in Delta Co. 1st Platoon 2/35th INF. DIV. - CACTI BLUE from June 1969 to July 1970. He does not use a computer. I would like to reconnect him with those who served with him if possible. He recently gave me several photos from his time in Vietnam that I would like to share on your page if that is possible. Thank you.

Robin Goins -- Salem OR USA -- 05/22/2014
Email


4710. Ray Ruggeri is my father-in-law and was posted to Japan for the post-war occupation.

John Semick -- Peoria IL USA -- 05/21/2014
Email


4709. Hi, Was wondering if anyone has made the trip to Schofield Barracks, I am going to Hawaii Tuesday and as I am not the one who planned the trip , I just found out that I may be able to go there. So maybe someone who has been, can tell me what I need to know about going on post, etc. Thanks , Larry (Lusk) C 2-35, 67-68.

Larry Luscri -- St Louis MO USA -- 05/19/2014
Email


4708. Remembering you Dad! Everett E Johnson Jr. KIA 47 years ago today in Duc Pho along with Kenyon Bean and Walter Geiger. I love you and think of you every day. I am hoping to see all you wonderful Cacti members in Chicago this year. Thanks for your friendship and support, love you all.

Mike Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/19/2014
Email


4707. I would like to acknowledge the thank you letters I received from the following "Charlie Company" soldiers: PFC Steven Primm PFC Dawson Gabel PFC Bryce Raines SGT Griffin Charles SGT John Fallon I was so impressed that they took the time to write to me and thank me for sponsoring them for the Military Ball. It was great hearing from them and learning about their military service. I hope they enjoy themselves at the Ball. It was my pleasure and honor to help a fellow Cacti. I am proud of their service. If possible, can this note be sent to the Commanding Officer of Charlie Company, 2nd of 35th Infantry. Thank you. Tom O'Connor Charlie Company 2nd of 35th Infantry 3rd Platoon 1967-1968 Take Arms!

Tom O'Connor -- Staten Island NY USA -- 05/17/2014
Email


4706. I just sent out the following to all Cacti Members with known e-mail addresses in southeast Texas: I am posting this in case there are others in that area we are missing: On May 6, 2014 the remains of Cpl Lucio R Aguilar M Company 35th Infantry Regiment 25th Infantry Division were at long last accounted for. He was lost in action over 60 years ago on November 28, 1951 during actions in North Korea and his remains were finally identified just 10 days ago. Our Cacti Brother’s remains will be brought home to the Corpus Christi, TX area in the near future for services and burial. Over the past number of years we have had several of our Cacti Brother’s brought home from Korea. Most of them were lost in this very same action. We have always been successful in the past in seeing that we had at least one or more representatives of the 35th Infantry Regiment on hand to help welcome home these heroes. I am contacting today all the Cacti who I can identify as being from Southeast Texas that services will be held in the near future for Cpl Aguilar and I am asking if you might be available to be on hand to attend his burial services when they occur? I wish I could give you a precise date and time right now but unfortunately this just isn’t the nature of the event for us. We generally learn of the identification via a web site which lists all such identifications. Then we have to constantly scan and search for further information in order to identify exactly where and when the services will take place. At times we get ample warning (a week or more). At other times we get merely a day or two in order to react. I am proud to say that over the past several years we have always been successful in garnering representation at these services in order to show proper appreciation to our returning hero and their remaining family. So we ask for your help but at the same time we warn you that we may only be able to give you a very short notification. Our best hope is that some of you on this list will genuinely tell us that you will be happy to try and attend when these services take place. We recognize that we all have lives and last minute plans may preclude you from your best intentions but we hope that you will consider attending. What does attending entail? At times there may be a short service at a funeral home just prior to removal to a cemetery where final services will be held. At other times the complete services will be at the cemetery. For those of us who have attended several services for Cacti KIA’s the services for these returning Korean War heroes is by far the most uplifting event. Rather than being sad events they tend to be events of great joy that these men are at last home. Should you decide to attend, I think you will remember this in the future with great pleasure for your decision. Your duties? We ask that you attend and show respect for our Brother by your mere presence. We will also supply you with a Letter of Condolence from our Association President, Bill Henson and that you extend the condolences and appreciation of all who ever served with the Cacti to any attending family members. This is not a terribly formal presentation but rather is done as you would extend condolences to family at any funeral. It is really quite easy and gratifying duty and I promise you will be happy that you attended. By the way, please feel free to bring along your wife or any other family members and friends you may wish to bring. I do believe that they will be quite pleased with the experience of this event. If you think that you might be able to attend please contact me at hall1335@verizon.net or jimdochall@yahoo.net Pete Birrow, Doc Jonson, President Bill Henson and I will coordinate getting you the information you will need in order to attend. Thanks, Cacti Forever, Doc Hall (Past President, 35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/16/2014
Email


4705. The following was posted in todays Adams (MN) Monitor Review in tribute to our old friend Dick Matheis. May 8th forty-four years ago we lost our friend Dick Matheis. For those of us who were there that day the sights, and sounds are forever engrained. We can feel the wind and the warmth from stepping out of the jungle canopy into a partial clearing. We can smell the high grass and the moisture of the jungle floor all mixed in with the powder smell of the M-16’s and M-60’s and M-79’s. We can hear the sudden silence of our weapons and the anxious queries in search of any wounded. And we can feel the leaden feeling in our stomachs as we found that indeed someone was wounded and who it was. The greens of the jungle were dark (almost black) and then ranged to the color of summer corn stalks as you pass into the clearing. The double path we were following that day was dark gray and hard trodden and the tall weeds that adjoined the lower part of the path were streaked in lighter greens and dry tans. In a mere moment of silence that followed the initial round of fire the air was warm and fine. It would of seemed more appropriate that a good ball game had broken out than a firefight. But then Infantrymen did what they were trained to do and the silence was quickly broken. As a medic, I did what I was trained to do, but God help me it was never destined to be enough. There was confusion based on the tactical situation we found ourselves in. It was not like any other firefight we were ever in. It would be explained later but in the moment nothing was in the normal range of what was by definition a continuing abnormal experience for all of us Country and City boys. So all of us in 1st Platoon Bravo Co. 2/35th Infantry whether we were Country boys, City Boys, or something in between to this day carry those sights and those sounds and those feelings in our hearts and minds. But more than that we carry the memory and sense of loss of our old friend Dick Matheis. So 44 years later. God Bless you Dick. Rest in Peace. You are with us forever. 1st Platoon Bravo Co 2/35th

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/08/2014
Email


4704. BRAVO 2/35 14th ANNUAL LUNCHEON! In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Chicago Sept 25 – 28, 2014, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 26th, we will be at the BUCA di BEPPO (“JOES BASEMENT”) 604 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct business. We will eat Italian, Family style. Here it is: Insalate: Mixed Green salad and Caesar Salad Pasta & Entrees: Spaghetti Marinara and Fettuccine Alfredo Entree: Chicken Parmigiana Dessert: Cannoli. Coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 4 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting then return to hotel @ whenever or stay until the wine is gone. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Reservations have to be received before Sept 19th.

Peter J. Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 05/08/2014
Email -- http://GO BRAVO!!


4703. We have added new pictures in the Photo section from Mike Whitaker, D, 1/35th, 1967-68. Take a peek! Dick A

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 05/06/2014
Email


4702. Comment: Reunion help request. We are in need of someone to handle the Memorial Banquet table sign up at the September reunions. Len Calabree and Tony Flesch have handled this responsibility admirably for a number of years, but are turning the coordination over to someone else. However, Len will show the next facilitator the method he has used. Please contact me if you are willing to help with this activity.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 05/06/2014
Email


4701. Translation of Hank Maldonado Jr.'s message about his father's passing: Dear friends: this through communicate them with date of June 11, 2013 my father Henry (Hank) Maldonado Mr. cease to exist. With much regret and pain we saw him depart for a new mission that I am sure all colleagues who are ahead of you will receive it. I am certain that you all were good comrades and that in those difficult moments there were no ideological differences and much less of nationality since the common denominator was comply with and obey the orders assigned, thus defending peace and freedom in these difficult times. to all of you thank you. Enrique Maldonado Jr. Tel. 52-55-6547-4192 Mexico City e.c. luisenrique1959@hotmail.comEnrique (Hank) Maldonado Jr - USA - 05/05/2014E

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 05/06/2014
Email


4700. Estimados amigos: Por este conducto les comunico que con fecha de 11 de junio del 2013 mi padre Enrique (Hank) Maldonado sr. dejo de existir. Con mucho pesar y dolor lo vimos partir hacia una nueva misión que seguro estoy lo recibirán todos los compañeros que se le adelantaron. Estoy cierto que todos ustedes fueron buenos camaradas y que en esos momentos tan difíciles nunca existieron diferencias ideológicas y mucho menos de nacionalidad ya que el común denominador fue cumplir y obedecer las ordenes asignadas, defendiendo así la paz y libertad en esas épocas tan difíciles. a todos ustedes gracias. Enrique Maldonado Jr. tel. 52-55-6547-4192 México City c.e. luisenrique1959@hotmail.com

Enrique (Hank) Maldonado Jr --  USA -- 05/05/2014
Email


4699. For all you reunion goers here is some information on the Chicago Teams: St. Louis vs Cubs 9/22/23/24 Kansas City vs White Sox 9/25/26/28 Green Bay vs Bears 9/28

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 05/03/2014
Email


4698. Another loss of a Cacti. From BN CO Bartholomees: It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the untimely loss of one of our Cacti Soldiers, Specialist Thomas J. Lund, a wheeled vehicle mechanic in E Company "Surfriders". Thomas was severely injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday afternoon and succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving via ambulance to the nearest hospital. Specialist Lund was a good friend to many in Echo company as he served in the battalion since November 2012. According to his company comma...nder, Captain Ryan Oliver, Specialist Lund was a rising star and possessed all the best qualities of a future leader in our Army. SPC Lund was known for his strong work ethic and dedication to mission accomplishment. SPC Thomas Lund was from Goose Creek, South Carolina and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Brianna Lund from the same home town. He loved Brianna dearly and spoke often of her to his friends at work. The Company chain of command, Family Readiness Group, Soldiers and friends from Echo company immediately responded yesterday with loving support to Mrs. Lund. We are taking all prudent measures to ensure that Brianna and her family are cared for through this difficult grieving process. To honor his life and service, we will hold a Memorial Service at 1500 hours on Thursday, 1 May at the Main Post Chapel on Schofield Barracks. We invite any Soldiers, family members and friends of the Cacti to attend. Please keep the Lund family and our Surfrider Soldiers in your thoughts and prayers. Take Arms! LTC Jay Bartholomees Commander, 2-35 Infantry "CACTI"

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/29/2014
Email


4697. Update from BN CO Barthlomees on passing of WWII Cacti Paul Baehr in HI: I spoke with Betty on the phone yesterday and we will conduct a military funeral with full honors for him on 5 May. LT Loren Bell is our liaison officer to Betty and is meeting with her as I type. We'll get the details and make sure that we take pictures and video tape the ceremony per her request. Thanks for the information on the Baehr family and we will absolutely ensure that we take care of Betty and honor the life and service of one of our greatest generation from the Cacti. Take Arms! Jay

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/29/2014
Email -- http://Paul Baehr


4696. Paul W. Baehr a WWII Cacti 1943-46 passed away Monday the 21st of April in Honolulu. His widow Betty is finalizing the arrangements. The burial will be at 3pm May 5th at the Punchbowl. Her address is 2452 Tusitala St. #1208 Honolulu HI 96815 or cacti45paul@yahoo.com should you desire to send condolences. Paul was in A Company 1st Bn, 35th Infantry and attended our reunions and represented the Association at two Cacti Balls a while back. His favorite sincere line was "I love youse guys!".....and we loved him back. He will now remain a Cacti Forever

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/26/2014
Email


4695. Served with C 2/35th. Nov 68. Nov. 69 Doing. Ok Would hope all my Cacti Family. Doing well.

Charles Rea -- Harrison AR USA -- 04/25/2014
Email


4694. This is my uncle Terrence W McFarland Staff Sergeant D CO, 1ST BN, 35TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV Army of the United States 24 February 1948 - 21 January 1969 Columbus, Ohio Panel 34W Line 052 I never met him. I was born 1 year after he was killed and I was named after him. My mom could really never talk about him because of how much it hurt. I am trying to find anyone who might of served with him at that time. Not to pry just to talk to them about my uncle. It’s hard when you are named after someone you never met. You want to find out everything you can about them The reason I wrote to you was you wrote about his burial. I am going to go and take my son who carries on the name this summer. If you can help at all I would appreciate it. Thank you Terry Cappas Terry Cappas Vice-President United Engravers 847-301-5228 office line 847-514-3260 cell phone

Terry Cappas --  USA -- 04/22/2014
Email


4693. I was a member of Company " B" lst Battalion 35th infantry in Vietnam is 1968-1969. I will be taking a Kansas Honor Flight to Visit the Vietnam Memorial and other memorials in Washington DC in May! I was looking from my duty list from Vietman on the Vietnam Memorial web site and I found a link to your site and I would love to hear from anyone who might of been in my unit!

William Coleman -- Hanston KS USA -- 04/20/2014
Email


4692. as a member of the 35thinf. regiment, I say welcome home buddies. I am currently attempting to help a 1/35 inf. soldier get compensation for cancer and diabetes. The problem is that he served in Thailand in 1962. I have researched all historical data and links associated with agent orange outside of Vietnam. The 25th was dispatched to Thailand as part of seato operation, joint task force 116, but there are no dod documentation which legitimizes this operation. Can someone provide a link or reference as to this operation.

lisandro de hoyos -- Hesperia CA USA -- 04/12/2014
Email


4691. BRAVO 2/35 14th ANNUAL LUNCHEON! In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Chicago Sept 25 – 28, 2014, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 26th, we will be at the BUCA di BEPPO (“JOES BASEMENT”) 604 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy our luncheon and then conduct business. We will eat Italian, Family style. Here it is: Insalate: Mixed Green salad and Caesar Salad Pasta & Entrees: Spaghetti Marinara and Fettuccine Alfredo Entree: Chicken Parmigiana Dessert: Cannoli. Coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Leave hotel by Cacti convoy @ 12:45 pm, distance 4 mi. Lunch @ 1:00 pm followed by business meeting then return to hotel @ whenever or stay until the wine is gone. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Reservations have to be received before Sept 19th.

Peter J. Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/07/2014
Email -- http://BRAVO 2/35…WHY BEE NORMAL?


4689. Was in Bravo company 2/35th June 69 - 70 would like to make contact with anyone who was there then.

Tom Manley -- Marion OH USA -- 04/05/2014
Email


4688. On this day 5 April 1968 We lost my big brother George Edden killed in action in a place called LZ mile high. Rest in peace bro. I love you so much. You was my hero.

David Warburton -- East Helena MT USA -- 04/05/2014
Email


4687. Brothers we have a couple of new additions to our war stories section!

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 04/02/2014
Email


4686. On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America's first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of one of our longest and most challenging wars. Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true. Fifty years after that fateful mission, we honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest, and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation. The Vietnam War is a story of service members of different backgrounds, colors, and creeds who came together to complete a daunting mission. It is a story of Americans from every corner of our Nation who left the warmth of family to serve the country they loved. It is a story of patriots who braved the line of fire, who cast themselves into harm's way to save a friend, who fought hour after hour, day after day to preserve the liberties we hold dear. From Ia Drang to Hue, they won every major battle of the war and upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces. Eleven years of combat left their imprint on a generation. Thousands returned home bearing shrapnel and scars; still more were burdened by the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress, of Agent Orange, of memories that would never fade. More than 58,000 laid down their lives in service to our Nation. Now and forever, their names are etched into two faces of black granite, a lasting memorial to those who bore conflict's greatest cost. Our veterans answered our country's call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam. Yet, in one of the war's most profound tragedies, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected -- to face treatment unbefitting their courage and a welcome unworthy of their example. We must never let this happen again. Today, we reaffirm one of our most fundamental obligations: to show all who have worn the uniform of the United States the respect and dignity they deserve, and to honor their sacrifice by serving them as well as they served us. Half a century after those helicopters swept off the ground and into the annals of history, we pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who awaited their return. Our Nation stands stronger for their service, and on Vietnam Veterans Day, we honor their proud legacy with our deepest gratitude.

Peter J Birrow --  USA -- 03/29/2014
Email -- http://Welcome Home Day Today


4685. Malcom Spencer, a Mighty Ninth FO assigned to A Co. 1/35 during 1967-68, is hoping to reconnect with a four-deuce Cacti HHC 1/35 by the last name of Redgate. If you recall Redgate and can help Malcom, please contact me for Malcom's number.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 03/27/2014
Email


4684. Served with 2/35 all of 1968. Started out as HHC Commander, then S4 than Commander of D and finished as Commander of B.

Jack Mundy -- Chelsea AL USA -- 03/25/2014
Email


4683. Can someone please tell me how Spain's 2nd court marshal came out? Don't worry I'm not going to e-mail you back. I lost contact about then, and I've wondered about it for 45 yrs.

Chuck Cooper, B, 1/35th -- Santa Ana CA USA -- 03/22/2014
Email


4682. Fellow Cacti we have a new war story "March 16th 1969" it comes from Larry Ray from a Crew Chief from 4th Aviation whose Huey supported us that day.

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 03/21/2014
Email


4681. Was with d co and bn s4 1/35.

W. Fred Boettcher -- Ormond Beach FL USA -- 03/20/2014
Email


4680. Just Praying and thinking of March 21,1967. Such a sad and hard day. So many find young men gave their life for this country that day. I was with Charlie Co.2/35 when we came in contact with a Battalion of NVA. Out numbered these men fought to over take them. What courage and grit they had. Our Company lost 22 great men and many wounded. I am here because of their bravery Thank you family and friends of these men for letting me get to know them. Each one is dear to me May God Bless you.

Jim Phillips -- Cookeville TN USA -- 03/20/2014
Email


4679. I was married to Tom Hedlund. He served in HHC, 2nd 35th 1967-68. Anyone out there remember him?

Danna Hedlund -- Lynnwood WA USA -- 03/19/2014
Email


4678. I am looking for someone for a friend named Wes. They were in the Army in 1955 or 1956 In Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the 25th Division of the 35th Infantry Regiment. The persons name is Eldon Burris. Not sure if the spelling is correct. He was a shorter guy that was muscular and he was from Iowa. If anyone can help me locate him, I would like to surprise his friend. Thanks! Sue

Susan Rapin -- Saginaw MI USA -- 03/17/2014
Email


4677. I just sent out the Cacti Times 2014 Spring Issue Link again. There was a small correction that needed to be made. If you have any problems please reply to me and I’ll help out. It's the same link I sent out yesterday so if you still have it you should get the corrected copy. Enjoy.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 03/14/2014
Email


4676. I just sent out the link to the 2014 Spring issue of the Cacti Times to 358 members. I only have 3 returned as not Deliverable. If you feel you should have received the link and didn't email me. Enjoy!

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 03/13/2014
Email


4675. Two years ago this Saturday, March 15th 2012, LT Clovis T. Ray gave his life for our country. An outstanding leader by all accounts, and a proud Patriot for his country, Clovis remains the last Cacti to be lost in battle. We pray that our current Cacti Brothers in Hawaii will never have to endure the dangers of war, but be ready should the call "Take Arms" ever come again.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 03/13/2014
Email


4674. Met a guy named Tony Bernal today at the local Vet Center who was with A 2/35 in 1966. He was with the original 3rd Brigade deployment that came over on the boat from Schofield. He doesn't own a computer and he didn't know about the Cacti Association, website, or the reunions so I told him that I'd post an entry on the guestbook for him. He'd like to reconnect with some of his old buddies but has a hard time remembering names. He's hoping that someone will remember him and get back to me with contact info. Glen Jenkins B 2/35 '68

Glen Jenkins --  USA -- 03/13/2014
Email


4673. In memory of Sp4 Andrew Castelda and all those who were taken much too soon on 3/12/67. Never forgotten - always missed.

A Friend --  USA -- 03/12/2014


4672. "Annual Memberships are Due" letters were sent out in Mid December this year and we have had a decent response. But still we are lagging behind last year so I just want to remind everyone that it is time to send in your membership dues. So if you have that letter laying around somewhere with the intention of filling it out and sending it in please do so as soon as you can. If you can't find that letter you can merely go to the membership section of this web site and print out a renewal form to send in. I've got to tell you the truth I just got my check mailed in a couple of weeks ago so I know full well that these things can be overlooked despite the best of intentions. Please take the time to get your dues in as soon as you can. We are looking for you. -- Jim Doc Hall

Jim (Doc) Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/05/2014
Email


4671. Brothers, If you have grand kids graduating from High School this year. You need to get on them for our scholarship grants. The qualifications are on the front of he home page.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 02/28/2014
Email


4670. I am trying to see if anyone out there has any pictures and/ or stories they would share of my uncle Herbert David HORNER also known as 'Little Red' he was KIA on 6-5-70. Thank you and God Bless.

Shannon Horner -- Villa Rica GA USA -- 02/27/2014
Email


4669. Bill Greenwell, KIA February 16, 1968. Rest in peace.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 02/19/2014
Email


4668. Greetings and a thank you to all members of the 35th. My uncle Christopher Eugene Brooks gave his life on 7/3/66 In the actions occurring that day in Pleiku Province. I am disheartened by the lack of information available on the events that day. I have read a couple of members recollections of that day...but I want to find more. So I ask that anyone who survived that day, or knew PFC Brooks in any way to please contact me. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. It is my wish to hopefully gather enough info to write a book on the actions occurring that day. If anyone can help me with info, anecdotes, help with Freedom of Information Act , or just a kindly word , all will be greatly appreciated.

Chris Gore -- Kings Mountain NC USA -- 02/18/2014
Email


4667. On Feb 20, 2014 burial services will be held for Col William Taylor. Col Taylor served as Bn Commander for 1/35th in 1967 and was in command during our time on Mile High. For anyone who is or can be in the Washington DC area on that day the services will be at the Ft Myer Post Chapel at 1045. Please consider joining MG Bill Moore (Ret) and I at the services to help say goodbye to a great Cacti leader and a friend to all Cacti. -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 02/10/2014
Email


4666. Proudly served with Company 'C' of the 1/35 from: 01/65 to 12/65 at Schofield Barracks 0166 to 12/66 in Plieku Vietnam, assigned to the 2nd platoon. Walked point most of the time. 01/67 to 08/67 at Fort Carlson. Co. as a Training NCO. I have been ;looking for an association like this for quite sometime and glad I found you all.

H Glob -- Romeoville IL USA -- 02/09/2014
Email


4665. I forgot to mention in my message about Frank Peterson's CIB that if anybody would want to drop him a line his email address is : Praiseman47@aol.com

Mike Critchfield -- Stanwood Mi USA -- 02/08/2014
Email


4664. Would like to contact Reginald Headley Newell of Uppper Hut New Zealand who contacted the Guestbook in April of 2012 (4261)saying he was writing a book about action on Vella La Vella and would like to contact people with information regarding the 35th's action on that island...my dad Jerome J. Hendrick would be very interested in Mr. Newell's book as he told me many times that the real history of the fighting on that island had never been written...he fought on Guadacanal (Galloping Horse and Mt. Austin) and in the Philippines (Umingen, the first time they faced Japanese tanks) and was wounded in the mountains in late February 1945...but...he always said that Vella LaVella was the worst, most terrifying experience of his service....he talked of being trapped at night in a mangrove swamp with Japanese snipers in the trees and of trying to advance through shoulder high grass against Japanese machine guns which had enfilading fire and were invisible...he said the fighting was the most intense he experienced....yet all accounts of Vella LaVella talk about "slight resistance by construction troops" which my father thought was obviously written by people who were not there...he would be pleased that someone is writing a book about Vella LaVella which he thought was "an absolute hell hole, worse than anything on Guadacanal"...he also loved the time spent in New Zealand..."I'd love to go back to New Zealand, I'm curious about New Caladonia and the mountains of the Phillipines but I never want to set sight on the Solomon Islands again"...would be pleased to correspond with Mr. Newell...thank you...Terry Hendrick PO Box 444, Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin

Terry Hendrick -- Lake Nebagamon WI USA -- 02/05/2014
Email


4663. Hi Guys. I just got an email from Frank "Pete" Peterson. A Co. 1st/35th, 68-69. He said last night he went down to his basement which is "way too full of stuff" and happened to walk buy a old cardboard box. He opened it and it was some writing things from VN, AND his orders for his CIB !!!! I was on them along with James George. Some of you know that Pete has been fighting with the VA for a very long time to be recognized for his CIB which didn't show up on his 214 as well as his Purple Heart. He is so happy. Thought I would give you an update and also...Never give up, which the Cacti never do Mike Critchfield

Mike Critchfield -- Stanwood MI USA -- 02/04/2014
Email


4662. In the winter issue of Cacti Times Cacti Commo is a note from Terry Haile of Post Falls Idaho regarding his uncle John Haile who served in company K in WWII...my father Jerome J Hendrick I believe was in Company K (or L) of the Third Battalion from 1942 (Guadacanal) until February 1945 when he was seriously wounbded in the mountains of the Phillipines...I would like to correspond with Mr. Haile...other men who served with my Dad who he kept in touch with were Bill Matachevsky (spelling?) of Pennsylvania, Jim Godfrey of St. Louis, and Terry Joyce (who I'm named after) of Chicago...my Dad passed away in the early 80's but did speak of the war often in later years and I do have a few photos taken on New Caledonia probably in 1944...would be pleased to correspond and do some research with Mr. Haile ...Terry Hendrick PO Box 444 Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin 54849

Terry Hendrick -- Lake Nebagamon WI USA -- 01/21/2014
Email


4661. I am trying to locate information on SSG Clark E. “Gus” Gustafson who served in Co D, 2nd Bn, 35th Inf, 4th Inf Div in Vietnam from 12 Apr 69-27 Mar 70. SSG Gustafson’s daughter Stacy is my daughter-in-law and she knows very little about her Dad’s service. If anyone has information, photos, etc., they would be willing to share, I and Stacy would greatly appreciate it. I was able to get a copy of his DD-214 for Stacy which showed the above unit of assignment in Vietnam. Thanks, James F. (Jim ) Thrasher Sergeant Major U.S. Army (Retired) Columbia County Florida Veterans Service Officer Home Address: 7021 S.W. County Road 242 Lake City, FL 32024

Jim Thrasher -- Lake City FL USA -- 01/21/2014
Email


4660. One foot from a wheel chair, nursing home, or grave yard.

Marshall Jackson -- Great Falls SC USA -- 01/18/2014
Email


4659. If anyone could help me as I am looking for a Brent Mc Cellan that served in Viet Nam in 1968 with 2/35 4th inf heavy weapons mortar unit. Very much appreciated, HL Sommer

Lynn Sommer -- Coeur d Alene ID USA -- 01/17/2014
Email


4658. Hi everyone. Does any one remember the names of my friends without identification in my posted pictures? Check my photos. Thanks

Roberto Albanoz -- Canovanas PR USA -- 01/12/2014
Email


4657. From Wayne “Mississippi” Barnes on January 6th: We lost another Cacti on Dec. 20, 2013 after a long illness, Ross Russell Spradley, 69 years old, he was from Cordele, Georgia, he served with C co. 2/35 in Viet Nam 1968-1969. He was buried at the Spradley Cemetery in Elko, Ga. those representing the 35th were Blaine "Buck" Shafer of Elkview, West Va., William "Sargent" Gowen of Greensboro, Ga., and Wayne "Mississippi" Barnes of Richton, Ms.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 01/11/2014
Email


4656. We have recently posted pictures from Robert Albandoz, A, 2/35th, 1967-68. They are very good, take a look.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 01/06/2014
Email


4655. Problems with the website, prevented me from wishing all my Cacti brothers a joyful Holiday Season. I hope everyone had one. Now I wish all of you a Happy New year! As a resolution I ask all of you to look at your old orders and pictures and find that guy where you ask yourself I wonder what happened to him? Then try and find him, I'll be glad to help you do that.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 12/30/2013
Email


4654. We have learned the Arlington Cemetery burial for Colonel William Taylor will be February 20, 2014. Colonel Taylor commanded the 1/35th from November 1967 to June 1968.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 12/26/2013
Email


4653. Hello brothers, I am the grandson of SSG Herman Cull. A former wolfhound. I was recently doing some photo updates on another memorial page and there was somebody looking for information regarding the incident that killed my grandfather. The gentleman that was looking for this information was doing so on behalf of another veteran so that he might get his VA claim through. I am wanting to help but the POC has passed on and I don't have the information for the vet that was injured. So I am willing to help that vet. So if you can help me find out who was injured on June 9th, 1967 in Vietnam please do and send them my way. Brandon S Liberty spcliberty@gmail.com

Brandon Liberty -- Duluth MN USA -- 12/26/2013
Email


4652. If you received an email from Tiny Dodd being robbed in Manila, do not reply as it is a scam. He is in Michigan and is aware of it.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport F USA -- 12/02/2013
Email


4651. We have recently posted Vietnam photos from Paul Rhodes, A-D 2/35th, 1968-69. Take a look and see if you recognize yourself or someone else. Dick A

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 12/02/2013
Email


4650. I am looking for a copy of the Organization Day booklet from August 22, 1941. I believe my Great Uncle, a 35th vet who was KIA in 1945, is pictured in the booklet. Thanks.

Scott Carver -- Alta Loma CA USA -- 11/25/2013
Email


4649. Tim-- We heard from Donna yesterday and they are fine and just arrived in Arizona. Terry Kehoe checked in with them after the tornados and they just had the strong winds and rain.

Jim Holleran --  USA -- 11/22/2013
Email


4648. Recently there were several tornadoes that ravaged through the state of Illinois. I've been trying to contact Bill Wilds who is a member of the Cacti with no success. I've tried email and phone to no avail. If someone has his cell could you please send it to my email. I am also a Life member of the Cacti and just saw him in Sept at the reunion. Any help appreciated. My email is tbaranyay@yahoo.com.

Tim Baranyay -- Whiting NJ USA -- 11/21/2013
Email


4647. Hello my name is Rob Bonds, I am the son of SP5/E5 Robert W. Bonds Jr. "Poke" or "Pokey" as he was known. He was from Decatur, IL. I am trying to find members of my dad's unit. He was in E Co. 1st Bn 35th Inf 4th Inf Div. He arrived in Vietnam in Dec. 1968 and returned home in Dec. 1969. Dad told me he was in a small Recon Squad/Plt. He did receive the Air Medal for being dropped behind enemy lines more than 25 times and 2 PH's. Dad Passed in 2006 and told me very little about his time in Vietnam. He was a wonderful man and I would like to know more about his service. If anyone served or has info about him, please contact me. Thank you, Rob

Rob Bonds -- Decatur IL USA -- 11/19/2013
Email


4646. I am sorry to report that Jerry Heiser, B 1/35 1969-1970, passed away last night. Jerry was a member of this association.

Joe Farmer -- Scotts Valley CA USA -- 11/17/2013
Email


4645. My Uncle was in WWII in the 35th infantry Regiment, company K. His name was John Haile and unfortunately passed away on Feb. 23rd, 2008. All of his badges and medals were stolen from him at the home where he was staying. He never talked much of his experiences until the last year or so of his life and I want to thank you for having this site to find out more details. Thanks to all who served and to those brave souls who gave all they had to give. Best Regards, Terry Haile

Terry Haile -- Post Falls ID USA -- 11/12/2013
Email


4644. I WAS SUPRISED TO FIND MY UNCLE WHO WAS FROM VIRGINIA LISTED UNDER HIS GIRLFRIEND HOME TOWN OF WHITMIRE,SOUTH CAROLINA THAT MUST HAVE BEEN HEARTBREAKING FOR MY GRANDPARENTS TO HAVE THEIR FIRST BORN SON LISTED IN SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN WHERE HE WAS ACTUALLY FROM! JOHN H OSBORNE KIA MAY 13, 1944 IN RANGOON, BURMA

HELEN MCCRACKEN -- Church Hill TN USA -- 11/11/2013
Email


4643. Happy Veterans Day with many thanks to all who served. Special thoughts today for SP4 Andrew T Castelda KIA 3/12/67.

A Friend --  USA -- 11/11/2013


4642. November 11 Tim Sines aka" Little Doc" birthday. May you rest in peace, Little Doc.

Francis Wheeler -- Billings MT USA -- 11/10/2013
Email


4641. We have yet another great story from Stan Traeb to add to our War Story collection You'll find it in our War Story section

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 11/10/2013
Email


4640. November 9, 1967 would prove to be one of the worst days for A/1/35 when so many young men would give their lives. Robert Lawrence Hale, Donald Steven Holke, James Ray Howard, Dennis Richard Podgorny, Billy Templeton, Freddie Lee Thomas Jr., Quinn William Tichenor, Tyrone Wright..I especially remember Don Holke as he was with me on my first day in the boonies and would later relieve me of the PRC25 I was carrying after I had sprained my ankle but days later would not give it back as he felt I was to small to be carrying a PRC25 while carrying an over and under M16/Grenade launcher. He would later be KIA while carrying that radio. Gone but certainly never forgotten..

David C Crocker Sr -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/09/2013
Email


4639. Brother Stan Traeb has added another "War Story" to our collection. Check it out in our war stories section View from CP (2)

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 11/06/2013
Email


4638. For those who made a pledge to sponsor a Cacti at the Annual Ball, the price will be set by the first week of January. Please email me as soon as possible so that we can start getting the sponsored Soldier matched up with his Sponsor. At this time no Soldiers has been picked yet to be sponsored.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 10/31/2013
Email -- http://Active Cacti Liaison


4637. Dear Fellow Cacti Brothers, Considering this upcoming Veterans Day, even though this is a commercial, its silent but poignant message speaks volumes about respect, honor, and appreciation. (Click On URL) God Bless America and its Veterans. "Take Arms" / Respectfully, Rick White 3rd Plt / C Co / 2nd Bn / 35th Inf Regt Recon Plt / 2nd Bn / 35th Inf Regt Vietnam '67 - '68

Rick White --  USA -- 10/31/2013
Email -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoABty_zE00


4634. Oct.31, 1968 was not a good day for Bravo 2/35 th. NVA ambush in the Coffee Plantation didn't turnout good for the men of Bravo. The rescue team was also ambushed with a number of WIA. I have reflected back to that day many times over the years. Now after meeting the Daughter of William Stovall at the reunion in Virginia Beach and hearing her story, I have a different view of that day and how other lives were impacted. I want to thank all 35th Reg. family members that come to the reunions. It really means a lot to us to have you there.

Joe Soga --  USA -- 10/31/2013
Email


4633. Brothers & Sisters (first time I thought to say that LOL) We have a new story in the War Stories Section. Stan Traeb remembering our taking over LZ Penny in 1969 an excellent piece!

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 10/28/2013
Email


4632. no talking in the ranks bros..hope all cacti and their families had a great time at the reunion and returned safely to their LZs....my name is Larry Frias Jr and i was with Charlie Co 1st of the 35th from 1972 -1976...on my roster post i am trying to paste my before and after pics ...how do i do it...can it be done...is it possible..pop smoke!!

Larry Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 10/21/2013
Email


4631. Thanks Doc Hall. My address is 143 Dogwood Dr. Anacoco.La. hopefully the shirts will start coming in. Thanks to all of you. Sincerely Jesse Campos

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 10/20/2013
Email


4630. Hi Jesse, I have a couple of old Cacti T-shirts that I will send your way. I do like your project here and appreciate it. I have your mailing address but you may have to post it for others to send T-shirts to you. -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 10/19/2013
Email


4629. I have two messages one to the general membership and one to Gen. Moore. first one I am asking all members for old T-shirts with cacti, 25th and 4th infantry logos. the purpose for this is to have a quilt made with all the logos, this is to be a fund raiser for the association I'll pay to have the quilt made. Second massage to Gen. Moore and hopefully he read it. Gen Moore sir I was a cotton Baler also My first unit. The association is having reunion in New Orleans, La. it will be 200 years since the battle of New Orleans

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 10/15/2013
Email


4628. Thanks to all who made VA Beach/2013 such a great success, and for making the men and women of the 2/9th Artillery so welcomed, appreciated, and valued. Looking forward to Chicago/2014. Each one better than the last. New connections, re-connections, friends, stories, and memories. Bonds for life. Recently located FO LT Carlton Epps in Bel Air MD. Anyone with contact info on FO Lt's William Hunnicutt (Eden NC back then) or James McHugh, please email me or call 847-429-1934.

John 'Moon' Mullins  -- Elgin IL USA -- 10/12/2013
Email


4627. When I first came in contact with the men I served with in the army, yes the were my buddies, but at time they were just a bunch of yahoos. It wasn't until we met for our first reunion that I realized just how much I loved those guys and how much they really meant to me. At our first and last reunions with the men I served with it was just like the old song,"The tears flowed like wine." So I say to you, if you have never attended a reunion, do you damnedest to get to one. It will be the best day of your life.

Frank L Marks -- Omaha NE USA -- 10/06/2013
Email


4626. I was wondering if my wife and I are the only ones who thought the food at the banquet was unfit to eat or are we dreaming? I took one bite of the Veal and had to spit it out it was so bad. Other than the banquet food we enjoyed the reunion very much and got to see some guys I haven't seen since Vietnam. I will probably not be able to attend any more reunions unless they are close to Oklahoma as I don't do flying very well and can't drive 1500 miles anymore as it just tires me out too much. I wish everyone in the association well and hope to see you again if they ever have a reunion close to me. Cacti Forever. Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 10/06/2013
Email


4625. LAST CHANCE FOR A 2013 REUNION SHIRT Fellow Cacti, for those who want a reunion T-shirt or Golf/Polo shirt. E-mail me with the subject shirt on the e-mail. I will order one last time for this year. Include size and mail a check to me.

Joe Henderson -- Levittown PA USA -- 10/02/2013
Email


4624. Hi Guys, Colonel William Taylor, who commanded the 1/35th in 1967-68, passed away September 23rd. Below is an obituary. Colonel William Waldon Taylor, Jr., U.S. Army Retired, passed away on 23 September 2013 at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was born in Henrico County, Virginia on 20 January 1925 to Beatrice McManus and William W. Taylor, Sr. He was inducted into the Army on 2 April 1943, fought as an Infantryman in the European Theater of War, earning the award of the Silver Star in April of 1945. The Army appointed him a Second Lieutenant on 20 Dec. 1950, thus beginning his Army career as a commissioned officer. He was called to active duty on 9 May 1951, subsequently serving in Korea, earning his second award of the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He later served as a battalion commander in Vietnam and received his third award of the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Colonel Taylor retired from the Army on 31 August 1977. He dedicated his life to the service of his country, willingly taking on the hardships of multiple wars so that Americans would remain free. He spent his last years caring for his loving wife Dorothy of 65 years. He willingly took on the burdens of a caregiver and gave his last ounce of energy to the love of his life. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; his son William and daughter-in-law Vicki; his daughter Pamela and son-in-law Alan; and two grandchildren, Jennifer and William. A visitation will be held on Friday, 27 September 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA on a date to be determined. Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Colonel Taylor's memory may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 10/01/2013
Email


4623. We have added several new Vietnam photos from Bill Griffin, D, 1/35th, 1968-69, take a look!

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 10/01/2013
Email


4622. I am a member of your Association and also a member of the love company, third Battalion 35th infantry Regiment Association. I have lost contact with both of you since I moved recently. I would appreciate information about love company Association. I was formerly a Battalion surgeon, third Battalion 35th infantry Regiment. And also regimental surgeon 35th infantry Regiment both in 1951. Would certainly love to have a reply to this message. James B. Harle MD Grand Court - Kansas City 501 W. 107 Street; Apt. 234 Kansas City Missouri 64114 jharle@kc.rr.com 816-216-7062

James B Harle MD -- Kansas City MO USA -- 09/30/2013
Email


4621. hey there cacti bros....once again im missing the reunion..doing VA related pro bono work...but you guys deserve the fun in the sun...enjoy..enjoy..enjoy..have fun and stay safe...a snappy salute to you guys...and as usual no talking in the ranks!!!!

Larry Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 09/30/2013
Email


4620. Hello all! I am trying to find the necessary documentation which would establish that my unit was deployed to Thailand in 1962. At the time I was assigned to the Eng.Platoon 1st Battle Group,HHC 35th Infantry,Schofield Barracks Hawaii. If I recall right we were deployed August 1962 - December 1962 Thanks in advance........................MC

Marshall Carter -- Punta Gorda FL USA -- 09/30/2013
Email


4619. Visited the moving wall yesterday- in Adel GA- always a heart wrenching time- mixed emotions- sorrow- and pride for all those names on the wall-- just to see the respect shown by all is amazing-thanks to all who made it happen

Feddie Shook -- Adel GA USA -- 09/30/2013
Email


4618. I had to say good-bye to my Cacti family today and I miss them already. These last four days in Virginia Beach have been truly awesome. To be with the men I served with in difficult and uncertain times, along with their wives and families, means all the world to me. Over the years we have grown close once again, a true brotherhood and sisterhood. We still look out for each other and we are there for each other when they need us. I have met many Cacti at these reunions and I look forward to seeing them all again each year. I have never been around a greater bunch of people in my life. Unfortunately we did not have any WWII Cacti with us this year and only three or four from Korea. It was great to meet some of the active Cacti soldiers and I am confident that they will carry on the traditions of the Cacti wherever they go. The time seems to be passing quicker now and it won’t be long before we will all form-up again in the Chicago area next year. Many thanks go to Doc Johnson and many others who work so hard to make these reunions so enjoyable. I’ve said this many times before, if you have never made it to one of our reunions, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. I’ve talked with many who said they were apprehensive about going the first time but once they attended and met up with men they served along side with and men who have walked in their boots, they want to keep coming back each year. I hope to see everyone next year for another outstanding reunion

John Lorts -- VA Beach VA USA -- 09/30/2013
Email


4617. 45 years ago, we lost some very good men. The time from 9-24--9-30 was a time from hell. Tim Sines, also known as Little Doc, Lt. Fulkerson, Stucky, Golda, and many others. C/2/35th Inf.. and B/2/35th, who came to the aid of C. May you all rest in peace.

Francis Wheeler -- Billings MT USA -- 09/30/2013
Email


4616. Best reunion yet. Thank you all Cacti for making this so great. My brother Tony and I are already planning for next year. The way everyone interacted and mixed regardless of company, battalion, or years served, was phenomenal. I can not thank all of the people individually so, I won't even try. We are Cacti and that says volumes. The board, "Doc" Johnson, and all that attended, Thank you and God Bless you all. Be well brothers and sisters. "Doc" Olea

Forrest Joe"Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 09/30/2013
Email


4615. I am looking for anyone who served with Tom Hedlund US Army He was in Duc Pho or Pleiku. HHC 2nd Brigade 1967-1968

Kay Hedlund -- Lynnwood WA USA -- 09/21/2013
Email


4614. I have made 6 tee times starting at 7am for Virginia Beach National golf course. This should get everyone to their luncheons on time.

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 09/20/2013
Email


4613. I don't know about anyone else, but I have not received a newsletter this year. Whats up

Frank L Marks -- Papillion NE USA -- 09/19/2013
Email


4612. Last call for the Bravo 2/35 Luncheon that will be held at the Military Aviation Museum on Friday, September 27th. The bus will leave the hotel at high noon and will return us by four PM. A fantastic interest in this event has attracted 73 Cacti and friends so far. The bus will only hold 58 so we reluctantly have to ask some of those who drove to the reunion to help us with the transportation. Reservations can still be made by sending a $22 check made out to me and received by Monday the 23rd. My address is 6060 Shore Blvd So #103 Gulfport Fl 33707. Hope to see you there!

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 09/16/2013
Email


4611. John, Enjoyed your play on words. I am not so sure John Hancock would feel the same way.

William Keller -- Sarasota FL USA -- 09/15/2013
Email


4610. Bill Keller, C 2-35 will host this year's Charlie Company's luncheon at Virginia Beach. This years luncheon will at Chester's Upper Deck Restaurant on Friday the 27th September at 3:OO PM. Chester's Restaurant is located, at 206 16th St., several blocks from the Cavalier Hotel Resort. A closer look at Chester's can be seen at http://www.chestersupperdeck.com/ Trolley service is available, with pick-up every ten minutes, near the hotel. Remember too, the area's Annual Neptune Festival will offer lots to see and do for those wishing to take a short walk.

Bill Keller --  fl USA -- 09/15/2013


4609. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all involved in the forming one the largest and greatest associations of veterans. From three wars and the current war on terror, our active duty Cacti. All I can say is Thank You and let's keep on growing. Cacti Forever

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 09/13/2013
Email


4608. The article on page 1 in the Cacti Times about the monument dedication and reference to Don "Doc" Johnson stated that he "was one of the principle founders of the Association." It did not state that he was THE founder of the Association. Ben did a tremendous amount of work to start and grow the Association but he is no longer a member.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 09/13/2013
Email


4607. I was reading the article on the monument dedication and noticed a glaring error in Don Johnson's speech. Don Johnson did not start the association. The idea was born on a beach in Melborne, FL by 8 members of Charlie co. We decided to get as many people in Las Vegas as we could. Ben Youmans was one of the eight and he got most of the people to Vegas. In Vegas Gen. Moore rented space at the VFW and it was voted to start an association. If anyone should get the credit for the association it is Ben Youmans. It doesn't matter what people think of Ben at least give credit where it is due. William Keller

William Keller -- Sarasota FL USA -- 09/12/2013
Email


4606. This past Saturday 7th September association members, Don Johnson, Ray maylen, Roy Sitig, Phil Saunier and myself attended the burial services of Sgt.Clement Thibodeaux Jr. at Church Point,La. Doc Johnson and Ray Maylen presented 25th Div. and Purple heart coins, the coins were provided by Chapter 727 Military Order of Purple Heart. I presented the letters of appreciation from president Jim Beddingfield to the nephew Wilson Thibodeaux.Sad part we still have six cacti from Louisiana still missing.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 09/09/2013
Email


4605. Veterans Health Administration Update: It’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to your health care provider about your risk and the pros and cons of screening. Were you exposed to Agent Orange during military service and have prostate cancer? You may qualify for VA benefits. Health Care 1-877-222-8387. Benefits 1-800-827-1000.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 09/03/2013
Email


4604. The following email members have addresses which returned the recent Summer, '13 issue of The Cacti Times, marked, "Undeliverable": Lester Blevins, Lloyd Brown, Gilbert Scribner, Ronald Crocker, Dan LaRoche, Dale Porter, Michael Kurtgis, Fred Miller, Tamara Jones, Gerald Bruhnke, Jane alex, Irwin Fischman, John Beesley, Peter Houben, Bill Thacker, Julius Miskovich, Richard Cazeault, Philippe Saunier, Ronald Schneider, Jay Bartholomees, Robert Selkis,Eugene Schmidt, Roberto Gonzalez, Robert Flatt, Donald chappell and John Perman. Most of these returns are for the second and third times. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE SUMMER, '13 ISSUE, IT MIGHT BE PRUDENT TO CONTACT ME!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 09/03/2013
Email


4603. Join the Board of Directors welcoming Larry Meeks, (formerly with C 1/35, 1966) as our newest Life Member! Larry resides in Washington CH, OH, and welcomes contact from former platoon mates, or any others of that era. (lmeeks1944@yahoo.com) Thanks for your membership, Larry, and for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 09/02/2013
Email


4602. I was with the 4.2 in 1967-1968 I was a FO for C company out of phy pi if any one would like to see me you can go to website themightyninth.org under photos go down to lee okerstrom

Laurel Okerstrom (Okie) -- Anoka MN USA -- 09/01/2013
Email


4601. We have just posted in the Photos section three WWII pictures by Bert Allman who served with C, 35thInf. Tom Allman, TWAllman@bemis.com , Bert's grandson contributed the pictures and is interested in anyone who can comment on them.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 08/30/2013
Email


4600. The Summer issue of the Cacti Times is scheduled to be mailed out tomorrow (8/30). It covers the Cacti Monument Dedication, Active Duty Cacti sit-rep and great stories from our members. It goes out on not-for-profit postage so it may take a week or more to get it. Also, the reunion will be here before you know it. If you haven't sent in your registration or made travel plans, you need to "saddle up" and get it done! I think it will be one of our best. Doc Johnson has done a great job setting it up and it is a great venue. Your fox hole buddies are looking forward to seeing you again. If you have never attended one of our reunions, you don't know what you are missing and you might just find that buddy you've been wondering about all these years.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 08/30/2013
Email


4599. The Recon 2/35th Annual Luncheon will be Friday September 27th at the Abbey Road Restaurant at 203 22nd street Virginia Beach VA at 1pm. I will need a headcount so let me know if your attending by Email or call me at 734-624-2059. Looking forward to seeing my Brothers!

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 08/29/2013
Email


4598. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the Assn newest annual member, Raymond Calvez. He and wife Ludmilla reside in Columbus GA, home to Ft Benning, which of course is where the Cacti Monument, the finest Monument in the "Walk of Fame" there, resides. They welcome contact from former battle mates of C 1/35 (1966-7). We are mighty pleased to have you Raymond, and thank you for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 08/28/2013
Email


4597. Hey Bravos, just about three weeks left to get your reservation money in. This year at our 15th Annual Reunion, John Lorts has arranged a military aviation tour for our Thirteenth Annual B 2/35 Luncheon. Here is our schedule for Friday September 27th: The bus will be at the hotel ready to leave for the museum at noon. Arrival for the one hour lunch will be at 12:30. Two hour museum tour 1:30 to 3:30 and back to the hotel by 4:15. We might make a stop on the way back to view the Flame of Hope Memorial just outside Oceana Naval Air Station. This should make for a very interesting day. Here is the deal: $22.00 per person includes admission and tour, transportation from the hotel and return in a bus, chopped pork BBQ dinner, chicken available also, with baked beans, coleslaw, hush-puppies, ice tea and lemonade. There will be plenty of great food so don’t be bashful about going back for seconds. The bus (capacity 58 so some cars will have to be used) will leave the hotel at noon and return by 4:15 pm. Send check or money order by Sept 21st to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So, #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Bravo Cacti, Born and Bred to Be the Best!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 08/28/2013
Email -- http://LAST CALL!


4596. We are planning on having the lunch for A company 2/35th on Saturday, September 28th at 12:30 pm, at the Sand Dollar Restaurant in the Cavalier Hotel. We will go through the hotels lunch buffet, and pay individually. The hotel will seat us all together. If you can attend, and spouses are invited, please inform Pat Martin if you are planning to attend and how many. Contact Pat at (843)229-8347 or SGTPAT50@ aol.com.

Rick Rosenau -- Whites Creek TN USA -- 08/25/2013
Email


4595. Funeral for Sgt Clement Thibodeaux 35th Infantry Korean War veteran U S Army Sgt Clement Thibodeaux was captured on November 28, 1950 in Korea and died in a Prisoner of War camp shortly thereafter. His remains were identified in June of 2013 and sent home to Louisiana. Veterans are invited to participate in the burial of Sgt. Thibodeaux. Please attend IN UNIFORM with your veterans group, or as an individual. NOTE: veterans wanting to participate should arrive at 9 am in front of the cemetery When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 Where: Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church cemetery, 114 N Bienvenu St, Church Point Afterward: Reception to follow at American Legion Post 225, 1900 Lawtell Hwy. (La. 35) for more info: (337) 230-3513

Karen -- Lafayette LA USA -- 08/21/2013
Email


4594. Just finished reading the Cacti Times, another fine read.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 08/21/2013
Email


4593. We just want to let you know: Steve Rainbolt, John Lorts and Bill Henson that the new summer issue of the CACTI Times is outstanding!! Thank you !!!!!!

Jim and Kathy Holleran -- Red Bluff CA USA -- 08/20/2013
Email


4592. I just completed emailing over 330 copies of another fine issue of the Cacti Times, prepared by John Lorts and Bill Henson, with contributions from many others. 35 have been returned undeliverable. That's a little less than 10%! If you are reading this and have not received your copy, it would be a good idea to contact me. There are many reasons email is returned to the sender: Your server "reads" the incoming mail as spam, due to the size of the attachment. (The Times is 36 pages, which is 14MB of info.), if your '13 dues are not paid, you have been taken off the mailing list, members who renew, but don't print their email address legibly, members who renew with their reunion registration, but don't include their newest email address, and those who renew but don't update their info. I will try the 35 addresses one more time with the NEXT issue, but if they are returned again, the addresses will be eliminated. I have "send" receipts for each copy sent.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary 35th Inf -- Avon IN USA -- 08/19/2013
Email


4591. Bill Keller, C 2-35 will host this year's Charlie Company's luncheon at Virgina Beach. This years luncheon will at Chester's Upper Deck Restaurant on Friday the 27th September at 3:OO PM. Chester's Restaurant is located, at 206 16th St., several blocks from the Cavalier Hotel Resort. A closer look at Chester's can be seen at http://www.chestersupperdeck.com Trolley service is available, with pick-up every ten minutes, near the hotel. Remember too, the area's Annual Neptune Festival will offer lots to see and do for those wishing to take a short walk

Bill Keller --  USA -- 08/19/2013


4590. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming Pedro Maisonave as our newest Cacti! He and wife Myrna reside in Virginia Beech, and they look forward to the annual Reunion there in late Sept. Pedro was formerly part of C 1/35, and asks others from there during the middle to late 70's contact him at eljibarito55@aol.com. Thanks for your service Pedro. We appreciate your joining this great Assn.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 08/14/2013
Email


4589. Hello; My name is Allen Welch, and I am doing research on Sgt.Thibodeaux, 35th Inf KIA in Korea 1951. His remains has been found and DNA has been done and confirmed. There will be A full military ceremony In his home town,Church Point,LA.On Sept.7th.10 am 2013

Allen Welch -- Crowley LA USA -- 08/13/2013
Email


4588. If you are looking for reunion hotel rooms: Call and ask to be put on the waiting list at the Cavalier Hotel then call and make reservations at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Reservation # 1-800-365-3032 It’s about 1 mile north of the Cavalier room rates are $99 plus $1 plus $2.12 for $102.12 a night plus 14% tax. These are double queen Ocean Front rooms. There will be a shuttle provided by the Wyndham between the two hotels. If you do get a reservation at the Cavalier you can cancel the Wyndham reservation. Doc J

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/09/2013
Email


4587. THIS WEEKEND THE TRAVELING VIETNAM Wall is coming to GENESO.MY DAUGHTER GRANDAUGHTER ARE TAKING ME THERE.SOMEDAY I HOPE TO GO TO WASHINGTON.MY BROTHERS BIRTHDAY WAS JULY 12.THERE ISNT A TIME WHEN I WISH IT WASNT HIM THAT WAS LOST TO US.HOW DIFFERENT THINGS WOULD BE.AS A DOCTOR HOW MANY HE WOULD HAVE HELPED.THE IF ONLYIES CAN HAUNT AND BREAK YOUR HEART.

Mary Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 08/08/2013
Email


4586. Found my uncle's name on your website. Americo Cerasuolo was my grandmother's youngest brother. It was nice to be able to see this and be able to read about. There is only my 83 year old Aunt Ida left out of Americo's siblings, as we lost his 90 year old sister Gilda on July 31,2013. Americo is interred in Calvary Cemetery located in Queens,Ny

Justine Leight -- Williamsport PA USA -- 08/08/2013
Email


4585. Reunion Golfers: I have tentatively set up the reunion golf outing for Friday morning Sept. 27th at the TPC of Virginia 2500 Tournament Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. I can’t make reservations until 7 days out, but have contacted them and will make the tee times on the 20th with them. Let me know if you will need rental clubs, right or left and if you know of anyone else interested. Email me or call me.

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/07/2013
Email


4584. Hi Folks, We have new 2012 reunion pics from Joe Henderson now posted. And in the Photos section we have new ones posted form Hal Sutton, A, 2/35th, 1968. Take a look, could find yourself in one of them....

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 08/06/2013
Email


4583. I have been contacted by the local newspaper to verify information they were given about the monument dedication. There are also photos. I suspect they will be in Thursday's edition. www.ledger-enquirer.com

Lois Tryon -- Columbus GA USA -- 07/30/2013
Email


4582. The monument for our Cacti is really a beautiful thing. Good job!

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 07/29/2013
Email


4581. Guys, below link is to a very powerful video that speaks to PTSD across all generations of warriors. You might have to Copy and Paste into your browser. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NkWwZ9ZtPEI#at=32

Art Hughes --  CA USA -- 07/27/2013
Email


4580. We have just added a 2nd set of pics from Larry Edmister, B, 1/35th, 1967-68. Please take a look!

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 07/26/2013
Email


4579. Reunion Attendees, please contact me through email or phone 225-247-9321 if you are having trouble getting rooms at the reunion hotel. I can help out. Currently Thursday night Sept. 26th is booked full, but we are working on a solution to fix that. If you haven't made (or have) reservations yet call the hotel direct and make them and ask to be put on the waiting list for the 26th if you are coming in on that day or before. Also let me know if you do this.

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 07/26/2013
Email


4578. Hey Bravos, off we go into the wild blue yonder!! This year at our 15th Annual Reunion, we will be on John Lorts' turf so he has arranged a military aviation tour for us along with our Thirteenth Annual B 2/35 Luncheon. Here is our schedule for Friday September 27th: The bus will be at the hotel ready to leave for the museum at noon. Arrival for the one hour lunch will be at 12:30. Two hour museum tour 1:30 to 3:30 and back to the hotel by 4:15. We will make a short stop on the way back to view the Flame of Hope Memorial just outside Oceana Naval Air Station. This should make for a very interesting day. Here is the deal: $22.00 per person includes admission and tour, transportation from the hotel and return in an antique double-decker bus, a chopped pork BBQ dinner, chicken available also, with baked beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, ice tea and lemonade. There will be plenty of great food so don’t be bashful about going back for seconds. The bus will leave the hotel at noon and return by 4:15 pm. Send check or money order by Sept 21st to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So, #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Bravo Cacti, Born and Bred to Be the Best!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 07/26/2013
Email


4577. I read Mr. Jernigan's entry in the guest book mentioning the Korean war project of Dallas,Texas which is a great organization They have a data base of 50 states with names of veterans of each state including MIA's. July 27th 2013 is the 60th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean war. There will be ceremonies thru out the United States, the big one will be in D.C. We are having one here in Leesville La. in close proximity to Ft Polk. It will be held at the Korean Baptist Church It will be a special ceremony to honor one of our own. SGT. Clement Thibodeaux who was MIA and now is coming Home. He will be buried in Church Point La.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 07/20/2013
Email


4576. Hello. My name is William J. Jernigan. I am a contributor to the Korean War Project in honor of my uncle, Cpl. Daniel Joseph Carter, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, 4th Platoon, KIA 3-11-52 at Punchbowl. Two years ago I discovered his platoon Sgt. Francis E. Dahl in Sidney, MT. He was very helpful in enlightening me about my uncle and several of his buddies and had great comments on their behalf; and I try to maintain communication with him. I spoke with him today and informed him of the following event. My purpose of this message is to inform you that one of our elected officials, U.S. Senator Tim Scott, is hosting two separate honor ceremonies on behalf of South Carolina Korean War Veterans on July 27, 2013. The first is at 0900 hrs. at the University of SC-Upstate Readiness Center, 300 North Campus Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29303 and the second is at 1600 hrs. at the Charleston Area Convention Center, Exhibit Hall'B', 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. I don't know if any of your members are SC residents or not, but wanted to share this with you in case they are and don't know about it. If anyone is and have an interest in attending, they can call one of the Senator's office numbers to have their name added to the guest list: Spartanburg area veterans: 864-233-5366 Columbia area veterans: 803-771-6112 Charleston area veterans: 843-727-4525 The ceremonies will consist of a recognition service and eligible veterans will receive a Congressional Certificate of Appreciation and a lapel pin. I will be attending on behalf of my uncle; but my main purpose is to show respect and honor for all those that served in Korea. I hope If you will choose to help pass this on to anyone in SC so they can join in the ceremonies. I am very appreciative of those who have served in all causes and I commend you and others who have worked so diligently to on behalf of your association. Best regards to you all! William J. Jernigan 1123 Hawthorne Rd. Hanahan, SC 29410

William Jernigan -- Hanahan SC USA -- 07/20/2013
Email


4575. If you have not made your hotel reservations yet and are planning on staying Sept. 26th or earlier you'll need to call the Hotel, the online reservation system won't help. Right now the 26th is Fully Booked, but they are working on freeing up some rooms. If you have trouble getting reservations call me 225-247-9321 and I'll help out.

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 07/16/2013
Email


4574. I attended the dedication ceremony at Ft. Benning yesterday in which the monument to the 35th Infantry Regiment was dedicated. It was a great ceremony and well attended. I'm wondering if there will be or if there is a press release concerning the ceremony?

Gary Clark -- Cumming GA USA -- 07/13/2013
Email


4573. For those attending the ceremony at Ft. Benning for the Cacti Monument wish you a safe trip, I'll be arriving on Thursday NLT 1500 hrs. I will at the Hampton Inn.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 07/08/2013
Email


4572. Thank you to Kevin Koloff for leaving a virtual flower tribute on my Uncle Henry Serembo's name on the Manila, Philippines National Cemetery website today. I only knew he was killed during an invasion in the Philippines and buried in Luzon in 1945. My stepfather was his twin brother but did not speak much about him over the years. He would look at his brother's Purple Heart and shed tears. My stepfather was also in the Army but not serving in the same theater. Four brothers in the family served at the same time! Only Henry did not return. My research, after many years, has finally disclosed the "Band of Brothers" with whom he served. As a retired veteran and Army nurse my thanks to you all past and present for your service. What a delight to find out more about my Uncle. I doubt there are any fellow soldiers in my uncle's unit living today but if there are thank you for your service and I would love to hear from you.

Dorothy Serembo -- San Antonio TX USA -- 07/03/2013
Email


4571. Please join the Board of Directors who offer a snappy hand salute in welcoming our newest member, Robert Farabee, who joins as a Life Member. Bob, who now calls Arlington TX home, formally had family among fellow Brothers-in-Arms with C Co, 1/35 (1969). He welcomes contact with others from that time, and can be reached at farabeerobert@yahoo.com. Welcome home Bob, and we are all grateful for your service.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 07/02/2013
Email


4570. Hi Steve Rainbolt and Dick Arnold. Thanks for the info you send me about Herman Logan. Last Tuesday night[25 June]my family and me met Logan and Vicky. I did visit him at Forest City. After 44 years,since we left Turkey,we got a wonderful reunion. I had the opportunity to see his Silver Star medal that he got in Nam and the message Steve wrote to him concerning Carl. I am so happy to see him and his wife that we will meet again in P.R or N.C.

Roberto Albandoz -- Canovanas PR USA -- 06/30/2013
Email


4569. I'll be attending the Cacti Monument Dedication in July...hope to get to meet some of you guys...I was in D 2/35 69-70

Houston Hamilton -- Gray GA USA -- 06/27/2013
Email


4568. I was informed by Gerald Launderville's niece, Julie, that he passed away on June 20th. Gerald served with C/HHC 2Bn 65-67

Don Johnson -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 06/27/2013
Email


4567. I have 100 pictures from RVN. They were taken from October 1968 to September 1969. I was with both A and D companies 2/35. I was only with D Co from March to April 1969. The pictures include the stand-down at Oasis. I plan on attending the Cacti Monument dedication at Ft. Benning on July 12. If someone attending the dedication wants a CD of these pictures contact me and I will bring some copies to the dedication.

Paul Rhodes -- Griffin GA USA -- 06/26/2013
Email


4566. Today, in 1966, Recon platoon fought a desperate battle within a stones throw of Cambodia and the Ia Drang River. Recon lost ten good men that day and gave a good accounting of themselves as a platoon against a vastly superior force without a single prepared position. Thanks to A Company's eventual arrival, plentiful artillery and accurate air strikes, a lot of us were able to walk out shaken but alive. At least 66 NVA didn't. If you have a drink tonight, tip one up for Sgt. Warren Knepper and his squad. Those guys were the best.

Mile Kellermeyer -- Fort Wayne IN USA -- 06/25/2013
Email


4565. A Company 1st/35th Luncheon: Friday September 27th, 12:00 Noon The Sand Dollar Restaurant in the Cavalier Hotel

Jim & Kathy Holleran -- Red Bluff CA USA -- 06/24/2013
Email


4564. B, 1/35th 1967-68. If anyone knows how to contact Guadalupe Olguin, tell him I still have his coin & paper money he asked me to hold them for him. He never made it back to the field. It has been 40 years and I would like like to get them back to him.

Chuck Cooper -- Santa Ana CA USA -- 06/24/2013
Email


4563. Hey Bravos, off we go into the wild blue yonder!! This year at our 15th Annual Reunion, we will be on John Lorts' turf so he has arranged a military aviation tour for us along with our Thirteenth Annual B 2/35 Luncheon. Here is our schedule for Friday September 27th: The bus will be at the hotel ready to leave for the museum at noon. Arrival for the one hour lunch will be at 12:30. Two hour museum tour 1:30 to 3:30 and back to the hotel by 4:15. We will make a short stop on the way back to view the Flame of Hope Memorial just outside Oceana Naval Air Station. This should make for a very interesting day. Here is the deal: $22.00 per person includes admission and tour, transportation from the hotel and return in an antique double-decker bus, a chopped pork BBQ dinner, chicken available also, with baked beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, ice tea and lemonade. There will be plenty of great food so don’t be bashful about going back for seconds. The bus will leave the hotel at noon and return by 4:15 pm. Send check or money order by Sept 21st to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So, #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Bravo Cacti, Born and Bred to Be the Best!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 06/24/2013
Email


4562. Also join the Board of Directors welcoming Charles Cooper into membership. Charles served with B 1/35 from 1967-8, but now calls Santa Ana CA, home. He welcomes contact at chuck.cooper@esterline.com. Welcome into membership, Charles, and thank you for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/23/2013
Email


4561. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming newest member, Robert Flatt, who served with B 1/35, 1965-6. He and wife, Carolyn call Payneville KY home, and they welcome contact from former battle mates. Reach him at rcflatt@bbtel.com. Thanks for your service Robert, and welcome home.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/23/2013
Email


4560. Gene Anderson, I will see to it that both Dunn and Johnson see your post.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/20/2013
Email


4559. Trying to get in touch with Art Johnson and David Dunn

Gene Anderson -- Fall City WA USA -- 06/20/2013
Email


4558. Sept 26,1968 to Jan 14, 1969. D/2/35th. 501-231-9393

Bradford Anderson -- Concord AR USA -- 06/19/2013
Email


4557. CACTI! Please join the Board of Directors who are offering a smart military hand salute to James Lanning, who is the newest Life Member. He and wife Judy reside in San Marcos TX, and they welcome contact from former battlemates of C 2/35. (1966-7) Reach them at brotherjim@grandecom.net. Thanks for your service James and WELCOME HOME!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/16/2013
Email


4556. Join the Board of Directors in welcoming new member, Charles (Pete) Hubbard. He and wife Linda reside in Meadows of Dan VA, and he is anxious to make contact with past members of C 2/35 (1970). Thanks for your service, Charles, and welcome into the best Reunion Association anywhere!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/13/2013
Email


4555. My family and I are going to Hawaii the 25th of June we will be visiting Schofield Barracks on the 27th of June. The Commander of 2/35 Inf has been gracious enough to arrange an escort for myself and my family and give us a tour of the Cacti at Schofield. I will give a report and have pictures of my visit at the reunion in Sept. Hope to see many Recon guys from HHC 1/35. Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 06/10/2013
Email


4554. Join the Board of Directors welcoming our newest Association member, Elliot Kindred, who resides in San Antonio TX. Elliott is a past member of A 2/35, 1968-9. Welcome aboard Elliott, and thank you for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/09/2013
Email


4553. Hello, My name is Dean Biddle. Nelson is my uncle & I wondered if anyone remembered serving with him ? Thank you. PFC Nelson Arthur Biddle, US52058773, who died in the service of his country on September 9th, 1951 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Nelson was 22 years of age. He was from Saint Paris, Ohio. Nelson's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

Dean Biddle -- Urbana OH USA -- 06/08/2013
Email


4552. I am going to be at Ft Benning,Ga Jul 11-13, I am at the base RV Park. Hope to see a lot of you all there. James (Witchdoctor)Brown Recon 1/35 1966-1957. Take Arms

James L Brown -- Portland TN USA -- 06/06/2013
Email


4551. Dear Cacti: I have the honor of producing a documentary that explores the Name Upon the Wall. Fellow Hingham resident and Bowdoin College Alum, LT Curtis E. Chase 2/35th KIA 6 May '67 is the focal point of the project. I am especially interested in hearing from those that knew Curt and served beside him. My ambition is to create something that tells the story of his time, does justice to his memory and sacrifice while also reminding us and the greater whole that for every name on a memorial wall, plaque or statue, there is an individual who's sacrifice is due respect and recognition. As the project develops, I plan to share the resources I have encountered with the 35th Infantry Regiment Assn. I would be eternally thankful for any assistance you could offer. Most Sincerely, Mark Brodie Hingham MA Bowdoin College '87

Mark Brodie -- Hingham MA USA -- 06/03/2013
Email


4550. Just talked to Carlos Lopez tonight. We're both going to attend the reunion and hope to see as many 1/35 Recon/HHC in attendance as possible. In particular, any of the guys that survived the June 24, 1966 battle very close to where the Ia Drang crossed into Vietnam from Cambodia. That includes the Four Deuce people. Also, I would like to be in on the golf outing if someone could give me some information about when and where it might take place. See ya at the beach!

Mike Kellermeyer -- Fort Wayne IN USA -- 06/02/2013
Email


4549. The Board of Directors request that you join us in welcoming our newest member, Ronald Swinchock into annual membership. He and wife, Suzanne make their home in Jefferson, PA and they welcome contact at swinchock@windstream.net. Ronald is a past part of B 1/35, 1967. Thanks for your service Ronald and welcome home.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/02/2013
Email


4548. Hi everyone, Been a while since I last visited the Cacti website. Hoping to make my first reunion in Sept if everything goes well.I have never met anyone that I recall from my platoon. I was with B2/35th and Cpt Walker was my company Commander and Sgt Silva was my squad leader. I was in that contact at the Tan Phong Hamlet.

Chuck Coates -- Atlanta GA USA -- 05/30/2013
Email


4547. Remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice on 28-29 May 1966 at LZ 10Alfa. If my math is correct its been 45 years. Rest in Peace My Brothers

Richard Nilsen -- Massapequa NY USA -- 05/29/2013
Email


4546. Just posted in Photos section are some nice pics contributed by Larry Edmister, B, 1/35th 1967-68. Please take a look.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 05/29/2013
Email


4545. ATTENTION ALL CACTI: Dedication of the Cacti Monument at Ft. Benning, GA, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 11:00 am. Please plan to attend this celebration to dedicate the monument honoring all who serve as Cacti-past, present, future. The ceremony will be held at the Walk of Honor behind the Infantry Museum, 1776 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA.

beddingfield9677@bellsouth.net -- Cumming GA USA -- 05/28/2013


4544. For all our fallen Cacti brothers you are gone, but will never be forgotten.

Larry Luscri -- St Louis MO USA -- 05/28/2013
Email


4543. I was with the 1/35 Cacti, B Co. from 1979-1982 With Sgt. Bobo and Montgomery, I also was in CSC with Sgt Tooker, Sgt Cross. In those days I did not understand it all, but now I do. they were the best days of my life. I wish i could reunite with all the guys that was in the Cacti from 1979-1982. I was the guy who always smiled. francis Bryant Sp4 Bryant

Francis Bryant -- King George VA USA -- 05/27/2013
Email


4542. Hey Bravos, off we go into the wild blue yonder!! This year at our 15th Annual Reunion, we will be on John Lorts' turf so he has arranged a military aviation tour for us along with our Thirteenth Annual B 2/35 Luncheon. Here is our schedule for Friday September 27th: The bus will be at the hotel ready to leave for the museum at noon. Arrival for the one hour lunch will be at 12:30. Two hour museum tour 1:30 to 3:30 and back to the hotel by 4:15. We will make a short stop on the way back to view the Flame of Hope Memorial just outside Oceana Naval Air Station. This should make for a very interesting day. Here is the deal: $22.00 per person includes admission and tour, transportation from the hotel and return in an antique double-decker bus, a chopped pork BBQ dinner, chicken available also, with baked beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, ice tea and lemonade. There will be plenty of great food so don’t be bashful about going back for seconds. The bus will leave the hotel at noon and return by 4:15 pm. Send check or money order by Sept 21st to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So, #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Bravo Cacti, Born and Bred to Be the Best!

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport Fl USA -- 05/25/2013
Email


4541. Comment: Please join the Board of Directors in expressing thanks to Life Member (2004) John Sadler of Mesquite NV, who committed to a five year, $100/yr donation to the Cacti Scholarship Reserve Fund! John formerly toiled with HHC 2/35, and continues to demonstrate fine service. Thank you, John, and accept our heartfelt HAND SALUTE!!!!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 05/24/2013
Email


4540. If anyone knows a contact number for Mr. Frank Marks a contributor/war stories to this website please email me. He served with my Father in in the 35th WWII.

Edward Farrar -- Chester VA USA -- 05/22/2013
Email


4539. 46 Years ago Robert L Murphy A/1/35 paid the Ultimate Sacrifice.. Gone but never forgotten.

David C Crocker Sr -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/22/2013
Email


4538. May 19,1967 A/1/35TH saw three of this nations finest pay the ultimate sacrifice..PFC Kenyon Elroy Bean, PFC Walter Thomas Geiger, 2LT Everett E. Johnson Jr.. It is said that time will heal but in reality time is just a small band-aid on a huge wound. Gone but never forgotten.........

David C Crocker Sr -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/19/2013
Email


4537. How time flies. My dad was KIA along with Kenyon Bean and Walter Geiger 46 years ago today. I still feel the pain of his loss as does the Bean and Geiger families.Thanks for being my friends guys. I will try to make the reunion this year to see you all again.

Mike Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/19/2013
Email


4536. 2013 Company B, 1st Battalion Dinner Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Cacti Green), 35th Infantry Regiment will hold their annual reunion dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 27, 2012 at the Lucky Oyster, only eight miles from the Cavalier Hotel, our home base in Virginia Beach. This is the eighth 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 friends in a casual and comfortable setting. Lucky Oyster Seafood Grill is a Virginia Beach award winning family restaurant located at 2165 General Booth Boulevard in the Strawbridge Shopping Center, just minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront!The atmosphere is beach casual and the décor would make a fisherman feel right at home. Of course they have seafood of all varieties but they also have steak, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Lucky’s has also agreed to let us order individually from their extensive menu. Take a look at the location, photos and menu on their web site at: http://www.luckyoystervb.com All Bravo Company, 1/35 veterans, family and friends who would like to attend should contact Alonzo Jones or TJ Blue as soon as their plans are set so we can let the folks at the Lucky Oyster Seafood Grill know how many of us to expect. This can be done for Alonzo by email jones_35inf_5cav@telepage.net; phone 865-617-4292 or snail mail at PO Box 304, Huntsville, TN 37756 or for TJ by email teej1010@gmail.com; phone 843-525-1098 or snail mail at 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Lady’s Island, SC 29907. Let’s make 2013 our biggest reunion yet. Looking forward to seeing all Bravo Company members and guests in Virginia Beach and especially for dinner on Friday, September 27 at 6:00 pm!

TJ Blue -- Lady's Island SC USA -- 05/14/2013
Email


4535. Searching for anyone who served with SGT Howard W. Knowles, D Co 2/35, 11B; he served in Vietnam 8 Mar 69 to 6 Mar 70. If you served with him or knew him please contact me at rickjungsr@live.com This search is on behalf of his daughter Tammy.

Rick Jung Sr -- Orlando FL USA -- 05/11/2013
Email


4534. Join the Board of Directors in welcoming our newest member, Jim Schumacher. He and spouse, Nan live in Attica, OH, and welcome contact from former battlemates of A 2/35. He participated with them from Aug, '68 to Aug, '69, and can be reached at nan_schumacher@yahoo.com. Welcome into the Association Jim, and Nan, and thanks for your service and sacrifice.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 05/09/2013
Email


4533. Thanks Doc Hall for the info. I called the Hampton and made reservations. It's a 10hr drive for me. I'll leave Thursday the 11th. One more item of interest,some info for the Cacti that train in Ft.Polk, Tiger Land is back in action. It was re-open by the 162nd Infantry Bde. They welcome personel that train there and Drill Sgts that work there also, God bless and see you in Ft Benning Ga.

Jesse Campos -- Anancoco LA USA -- 05/08/2013
Email


4532. Manuel Martinez, (Marty), I saw your message about the 12 man platoon and I was glad to see your name. Hope you remember me, and I'm in touch with Hawndo, Weakland, and Harrar---good to hear from you---Hogie

Michael Hogan (Hogie) -- FRISCO TX USA -- 05/07/2013
Email


4531. I just made my reservations for the monument dedication at the Hampton Inn on Legacy Way at Ft Benning. This is the closest hotel to the ceremony site. As I understand it there will be two graduations from the Officer Candidate School at Ft Benning that Friday and Saturday so hotel rooms in the area may go quickly. Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/05/2013
Email


4530. ATTENTION ALL CACTI: Dedication of the Cacti Monument at Ft. Benning, GA, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 11:00 am. Please plan to attend this celebration to dedicate the monument honoring all who serve as Cacti-past, present, future. The ceremony will be held at the Walk of Honor behind the Infantry Museum, 1776 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA.

Jim Beddingfield -- Cumming GA USA -- 05/04/2013
Email


4529. Hello. Any of you guys served with B. CO. 1/35 twelve man platoon in 67? Thanks Manuel Martinez

Manuel Martinez -- Pleasanton TX USA -- 05/04/2013
Email


4528. I just found my father's binder from when he was a member of the 35th Association. I just wanted to post that for those who may have known SFC (Retired) David F. Batungbacal Sr, A CO 1/35th 1967, he lost his battle with cancer 24 June 2012. God bless all of you who served.

David F. Batungbacal Jr -- Lawton OK USA -- 05/01/2013
Email


4527. I spent my time with Co C 3BN 35th INF 187 INF BDE SEP and we were known as the "Pride Battalion" for many years. I was extremely proud to have served with the fine men and women of the 3/35th. I look forward to seeing the memorial completed. You have an awesome site. Respectfully, George A. Randall 3d SFC USA (RET)

George Randall -- Granby MA USA -- 04/30/2013
Email


4526. NEWSFLASH!!!! B 2/35 LUNCHEON RACE RESULTS: A multi-year consistent winner, Doc DeRosa, won first place again with his early meal payment. Congratulations, Doc. Second place arrival this year is Bob (Earthquake) Maves who could be a strong contender next year. Bob has won second place in the chow line right behind the "Sultan of Squat". You too could be third in line.....is your check in the mail yet? Cacti Forever!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/30/2013
Email


4525. G'day. Thursday, April 25 was ANZAC Day in Australia. ANZAC Day is a national holiday of remembrance of the first major embarkment of the Australia and New Zealand military in WWI at Gallipoli. It is also a day of remembrance and commemoration of fallen military since as well as a day to honour all Australia military service. Following ceremonies at the Domain (Sydney CBD-Central Business district) a veteran and military parade followed. A fly over of military aircraft followed as well. I had the honour to march with the American contingent of allied veterans at the parade. America was at the forefront of the allied veterans (as the contingents were placed in alphabetical order) for the parade march. The parade passed through the centre of Sydney CBD on way to the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park where the parade disbanded. The American contingent was escorted by 6 active duty Australia Army service members. The American flag was not lowered as it passed in review (unlike other countries) on parade. There were about 30 of us in formation and it was an informal march. There were an estimated 110,000 spectators along the parade route. The entire parade went for 4 hours. Americans are well received in Australia and held in high esteem for their military duty throughout the years (especially WWII) and in their current military endeavours.God Bless America! John Linn Cacti Forever

John Linn -- Sydney Australia -- 04/28/2013
Email


4524. Hey Bravos, off we go into the wild blue yonder!! This year at our 15th Annual Reunion, we will be on John Lorts' turf so he has arranged a military aviation tour for us along with our Thirteenth Annual B 2/35 Luncheon. Here is our schedule for Friday September 27th: The bus will be at the hotel ready to leave for the museum at noon. Arrival for the one hour lunch will be at 12:30. Two hour museum tour 1:30 to 3:30 and back to the hotel by 4:15. We will make a short stop on the way back to view the Flame of Hope Memorial just outside Oceana Naval Air Station. This should make for a very interesting day. Here is the deal: $22.00 per person includes admission and tour, transportation from the hotel and return in an antique double-decker bus, a chopped pork BBQ dinner with baked beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, ice tea and lemonade. There will be plenty of great food so don’t be bashful about going back for seconds. The bus will leave the hotel at noon and return by 4:15 pm. Send check or money order by Sept 21st to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Blvd So, #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Bravo Cacti, Born and Bred to Be the Best!

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/27/2013
Email -- http://Bravo 2/35 Luncheon


4523. Join the Board of Directors welcoming back into membership, David Kemple, who becomes the latest Cacti Life Member. David and wife, Martha reside in Jeffersonville IN, and they welcome contact from past battlemates of his with A Co 2/35, Mar, '68 to Mar, '69. (dave_kemple@sbcglobal.net). Thanks for your service David, and welcome home.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 04/25/2013
Email


4522. Anyone from B Co. remember me taking a ricochet on 11/20/66. I am trying to get my purple heart. Please sendme an email if you have any info. Thanks.

Roger Thiessen -- Buckeye AZ USA -- 04/23/2013
Email


4521. My father is Billy Joe Dixon from McMinnville Tennessee. His memory is not the best, but I think he was in the 2nd Batt, Charlie comp. during the Korean war. He was a BAR gunner. I would love if anyone knew him or of him or had any more info on his platoon and company. Thank all of you for your service. God bless you. Barry Dixon (Bardixd@wildblue.net)

Barry W Dixon -- English IN USA -- 04/21/2013
Email


4520. In reading the latest edition of the Cacti Times, I notice some commentary about Ted Winowitch. I was his "Shotgun" platoon leader when we deployed to the 68th Aviation Battalion (formerly known as the UTT Helicopter Company) in late 1964. All the platoon were volunteers and Ted was the only member who had previously served a similar tour. We had been in country about a month and, on this particular day, we were flying over a village named Binh Gia. Despite flying over the area all day, we had seen nothing -- although intelligence said there were over 3000 NVA in the village. We had other reports like that in previous missions which didn't pan out, so we were somewhat casual about it. About four o'clock in afternoon, all hell broke loose and we were taking fire from everywhere. My roommate at the time, Danny, a pilot in another helicopter, was shot down. Fortunately, other helicopters were able to land and rescue him. Another chopper was hit by anti-aircraft fire and one of my door gunners was shot through the leg. They evacuated him to the hospital and then returned the helicopter to our base at Ton Son Nhut where we cleaned it out and reloaded the ammunition. I was going to go back out on that helicopter but Ted pleaded with me to let him go instead. I agreed because I had to make sure other choppers were manned, and I knew I could go on another helicopter later. The chopper started rotating the engine and rotor blade, but Ted wasn't around so I jumped in the gunners seat and strapped myself in. Suddenly, Ted came running around the corner so I got out. This helicopter was shot down about a half hour later and no one survived. When I went out on a later flight, we flew into the area where Ted's helicopter had gone down and we received heavy fire. I remember looking at the rounds coming at us and thinking they were aimed straight at my head, and knowing that there were four rounds I couldn't see for every round I did see. After circling several times and continuing to receive fire, we were forced to withdraw because it was too dark. When we landed in the village two days later, we discovered what an unbelievable job the NVA had done camouflaging their positions, which is why we had been unable to see the thousands of NVA troops. Ted was the guy everyone in my platoon looked up to, and I will never forget him. I have an etching of his name from "The Wall" in my office.

Bill Entringer -- Scotsdale AZ USA -- 04/17/2013
Email


4519. The following message was received today: This is the great granddaughter of one of your members Frank Kruczynski. I'm sorry to inform you that my great grandfather has recently passed away. Friday, April 12th at Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace MD. If you could inform the members of this community that would be wonderful, since we have a lot of time on our hands getting into contacting the people that he know, since he knows a lot of them! Thank you, Madison Ruleman-Tolson Another great member is gone. Frank was a Cacti Medic in the Korean War and a Lifetime Member since 2002.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 04/17/2013
Email


4518. Greetings: I am the 1st cousin of PFC Richard R. Irwin KIA in 1967 as a member of your Regiment. Sadly his Dad, and my uncle Dick passed in January of this year. Though to my Uncle you would like to know. Your outreach greatly helped in his grief and gave him a good deal of clousure. He felt like a proud member of your organization and attended a few of your reunions. Thanks. S/f O.Grant

Oliver Grant, Colonel USMC Retired -- Ladera Ranch CA USA -- 04/16/2013
Email


4517. Anyone in B Company remember me taking a ricochet on Nov. 20 1966 and being sent back to BN to wait for a new pair of glasses please contact me. I am trying to get my purple heart.

Roger Thiessen -- Buckeye AZ USA -- 04/15/2013
Email


4516. On May 1st a Cacti hero will be returned home after nearly 63 years. Sgt Willard Frank Williams of Easy Company was lost in Battle on November 28, 1950 and his remains were not identified until Oct of 2012. On Sunday April 28 his remains will be flown via Delta Airlines in to Memphis, TN airport at 10:56 AM and then escorted to the Southrn Pines funeral home 100 Pine St., Lexington, MS. Then on Weds May 1st services will be held out of Southern Pine Funeral Home at 3 PM and the body escorted to Liberty Chapel Cemetery about 10 miles southwest of Lexington. A contingent of Cacti are planning on being there (including myself) and we would love any Cacti from any era who is in the general area to join us. So if you are from Mississippi or Southwest Tennessee (or any other area where you can make it please consider coming to join us in welcoming this hero home at last. You can contact me at the e-mail below. Thanks --Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 04/13/2013
Email


4515. April 8, 1970 RECON 2/35 lost two men KIA and five wounded. We exacted an incredible price for the loss of those men. Lt. Thode and Jeff Feeman, you will never be forgotten.

Leigh Thomas -- Riverside WA USA -- 04/08/2013
Email


4514. Hi to all, Just thought some of you may enjoythis poem I gave to my wife some time back!If you wish, you may copy it for your personal use. Just, please don't claim it! A Warrior's Wife She who has endured so much,strength, Love and wisdom, given by her touch. Mother, Wife and Friend,when broken, always there to mend. Never to intimidate or hurt,never to wonder, flirt. A teacher to all she meets,a lasting love, knowing of no retreat. In time of loneliness and grief,strength to be, when eyes weep. An angel on this earth,did of my children, give birth. Purer of heart none can be,she who always stands by me. Sorry for her pain I have caused,but to forgive myself, for she already does. If I could, a new life make,pray I give to her more love than I may take. With smile and grace in she,fill my heart with memories. No better woman I could find,to fulfill this life of mine. When once I knew not of such,blind to faith and it's touch. A gift from God, all to see,she who is my destiny. I pray together we will always be, and I thank God for her time with me. When our day in passing comes, and our task on Earth is done,God show her the love and forgiveness she has shown to me. Until then, not free, my mind to be. God, reward her for her faith, dedication and loyalty, for no other way should there be. Cliff Totten B Co. 1/35th Inf.

Cliff Totten Dec 65-Dec66 -- Missouri Valley IA USA -- 04/07/2013
Email


4513. April 5th, 68'. An awful day at Mile High. God Bless those who gave their all that day and prayers to the families of the fallen. I will be reading Cap't Beals letter home from that day a few times today. Thanks again Dick Arnold. Mike

Mike Critchfield -- Stanwood MI USA -- 04/05/2013
Email


4512. On 5 April 1968. George Edden was kill at a place call LZ mile high. I hear it was one hell of a place. There not a day that goes bye that I don't think about him. He was Family. We miss him so much. I would like to thanks all his friend that tried to save his life. God bless you all.

David Warburton -- East Helena MT USA -- 04/04/2013
Email


4511. My name is Andrea Deisher and I am a student at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. My English class is reading The Things They Carried, and is now doing a project memorializing soldiers whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. We are commemorating lost soldiers and I received Robert Henry Lerner who was a member of the 35 infantry. Through my research I found this website (www.cacti35th.org). I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share any memories, experiences or photos you have with Robert Henry Lerner that I can include in my memorial to make my tribute more personal. If you would like to see similar projects to the one I'm working on and where my memorial will eventually be posted, please visit http://www4.eanesisd.net/~vietnam/. Also, please feel free to contact my teacher, Kristy Robins, at krobins@eanesisd.net. Private First Class Robert Lerner was killed in action on August 31st, 1966 in South Vietnam. He was with the 3rd Plt, Co B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, 3d Bde Task Force, and 25th Infantry Division at the time of his death. Thank you very much for your time, Andrea Deisher

Andrea Deisher -- Austin TX USA -- 04/04/2013
Email


4510. ****corrected email address****I am a proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran! My dad, Dan "Doc" Vasquez, served as a medic with A Co 2/35th from Feb 1968 - Feb 1969. Every year for as long as I can remember he would get quiet and sad right around this time. (March 30th, 31st & April 1st) Though he didn't go into much detail, he shared that on those three days in 1968, all hell broke loose. In October it will be 6 years since he lost his battle with kidney cancer. I miss him every day. I can never imagine what he, and all you other heroes went through, I can only offer my heartfelt thanks for your sacrifice. To all of you Vietnam Veterans, THANK YOU & WELCOME HOME!!

Christine Vasquez --  CA USA -- 03/30/2013
Email


4509. On this day Robert F Kline KIA. You were a true friend in the short time we knew each other. Gone but never Forgotten Rest In Peace brotherJohn Morgan HHC/D 2/357/67-9/68

John Morgan -- Foresthill CA USA -- 03/30/2013
Email


4508. Christine Vasquez I have tried sending email to you but address is getting rejected. Please contact me at bayvuepugs@gmail.com with correct email address. John Mogan D 2/35

John Morgan -- Foresthill CA USA -- 03/30/2013
Email


4507. I am a proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran! My dad, Dan "Doc" Vasquez, served as a medic with A Co 2/35th from Feb 1968 - Feb 1969. Every year for as long as I can remember he would get quiet and sad right around this time. (March 30th, 31st & April 1st) Though he didn't go into much detail, he shared that on those three days in 1968, all hell broke loose. In October it will be 6 years since he lost his battle with kidney cancer. I miss him every day. I can never imagine what he, and all you other heroes went through, I can only offer my heartfelt thanks for your sacrifice. To all of you Vietnam Veterans, THANK YOU & WELCOME HOME!!

Christine Vasquez --  CA USA -- 03/29/2013
Email


4506. From Nancy Heil, President American Legion Auxiliary Unit 195: I have been in touch with you in the past and provided you with the burial site and a picture of John Larry Jeffers. His friends around home called him Larry. We named our American Legion Post 195 in the Lugoff/Elgin area after him when we formed it in 2001 and you posted that information on your site at that time. I just wanted to let you know that we have recently been able to purchase a post home and we have a Facebook page at American Legion Post #195 if you would like to visit and see what we have accomplished. We were recently presented with a commemorative quilt made in his honor by two of our local ladies. It is now hanging on the wall in our building. I am in the process of posting a picture of the quilt and the commemorative statement on the back to our Facebook page. If you have any Cacti memorabilia, anything relating to Larry or any stories that we could include on our wall, please mail to: American Legion Post #195 534 Wildwood Lane Lugoff, SC 29078. (803) 438-8614. Thank You so much.

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport Fl USA -- 03/28/2013
Email


4505. This past week CBS aired a segment of The Amazing Race from Hanoi, Vietnam. The segment aired from the B52 War Memorial Park in Hanoi, and the B52 wreckage was prominently displayed in the background of almost every scene broadcast. CBS has thus far refused to offer an apology for this broadcast. I recommend everyone reading this go to CBS.Com and send a comment to the network asking for that apology. I also recommend you boycott the network and their advertisers until an apology is tendered. Don't let this insult stand.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 03/23/2013
Email


4504. Troopers, I wanted to send out a notice to our 4th ID Cambodia 1970 veterans (1-12th, 1-14th, 3-8th, 1-22nd, 2-35th, 92nd AHC, 4-42th FA, 6-29th FA, and Dust-off 498th Med.) of the 2014 Rendezvous I am working to organize. I am asking you to forward this message to everyone on your mailing list, who participated in that operation to join us, because I won't have a good many addresses that you might have. Let them know too that they (you) can find the After Action Report for the Cambodia Vets Reunion I put together back in 2010 in Reno on our homepage (www.currahee.org), in case they want to learn more about us and what this upcoming rendezvous in 2014 would be like. If you haven't seen it, check it out (lots of pictures and details). We hope this next one will be much larger and regrettably, it will be my last attempt to bring as many of us back together one last time. It was such an honor for me to make contact with all of you and getting to know so many of you, during those several years researching and writing "Twelve Days In May" or type in: www2.xlibris.com/books/webimages/wd/78430/ in your search engine. I have created a poll on my unit website (www.currahee.org) to help find out how many of you will attend. Check it out, there are already some 4th ID members signed on the "Attendees List". It is time for me to start contacting the various facilities in the three locations--Reno, Las Vegas and Tunica, MS--for the best deal we can get to accommodate our group, I.e. room rates, eating facilities (banquet nights), etc. If you don't get your group's request in at least a year in advance, you miss out with other units contracting with those facilities and getting the best deals. I need must higher numbers by mid-summer than what the poll is showing now to make this special rendezvous happen. The poll is now showing Tunica, Mississippi is the preferred location for the event. If you plan to attend, go and vote for your choice. I have uploaded some additional information (agendas) about the reunion. I will continue to add more information in coming weeks and months, now that I have finished the latest book manuscript, which will head to the publisher in another week, I can concentrate more on the event. The past year has been totally devoted to that puppy! I look forward to making the 2014 Rendezvous happen, but can only do it if you help make it happen. What say you? Get your name on the "Attendees List", if it isn't there already, so your buddies can see that some of their unit members will be there. It is a scary move for first timers to walk among strangers....but bottom line is that we aren't strangers, but veterans with much in common and who many of us walked the same ground for the same purpose. Jerry in Montana Jerry Berry3-506th, 1st Bde., 101st AirborneVietnamAIRBORNE!(406) 293-7678

Jerry Berry -- Libby MT USA -- 03/21/2013
Email -- http://www.currahee.org


4503. I served with 3rd Plt, 1st Bn 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division 1968 @ LZ Sally, I Corps (Yhau Thien Province). Welcome Home to All My Vietnam Brothers and thank you for your service.

Eddie 'Slick' Ireland -- Austin TX USA -- 03/21/2013
Email


4502. This is to the soldier (last name is Jarvis) who wrote the heartwarming account about the last weeks of my cousin's life, Donnie Sullivan who was killed in Vietnam. Donnie's parents are now deceased and buried with him. I will send this link to his sister. We would love to speak to you. Thank you for being a friend to him and for your service to this country. Jarvis, if you read this, email me.

Gina Sullivan Harr -- Goldsboro NC USA -- 03/19/2013
Email


4501. Bill Keller, C 2-35 will host this year's Charlie Company's luncheon at Virgina Beach. The luncheon will be at Chester's Upper Deck Restaurant on Friday the 27th September at 3:00 PM. Chester's Restaurant is located, at 206 16th St., several blocks from the Cavalier Hotel Resort. A closer look at Chester's can be seen at http://www.chestersupperdeck.com A trolley service is available, scheduled pick-up every ten minutes, near to the hotel and restaurant. The area's annual Neptune Festival will offer lots to see and do for those wishing to take the short walks.

 --  USA -- 03/19/2013


4500. My uncle SFC Folton Cosby served in H Co., 2nd Battalion,35th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division in Korea. He died in August 1950 in the Pusan area. He drowned in the Naktong river will trying to recover a fellow soldiers body floating down the river. Anyone who served with him or knew him, please contact me. Time is running out on finding someone who knew him. Larry D. Cosby 706-569-9554

Larry D Cosby -- Columbus GA USA -- 03/18/2013
Email


4499. Charlie Co 2nd 35th Lunch Bill Keller and Joel Luethjohann found a great place too have it. They really broke their butts on this. The name of place is Chester Upper Deck. They Are going too give us the whole menu too pick from. So it can be Lunch/ Dinner. What i hope is that all Charlie Co. troops show up. Because our guys worked very hard too find a great place for us. Hope too see all my Cacti Brothers in Virginia Beach in Sept. Subject Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Want too tell all of our Cacti Brothers take a trip too see it. Let me just say i can not put it into words how grand it is. My friend Mike Geary set up the whole thing.Mike served with P Co. 75th Rangers 5th. ID. Vietnam. Also from Charlie Co was myself Shockey Maley, Larry Luscri, Bill Keller Jimmy Holmes and other friends. We got too see a graduation of new INF. Soldiers.That was great and we also got too see a class of Airborne trainees. Then we went too the INF. Museum where we were meet by Diane. She first took us upstairs too theI think it was called the Continental Rm. where we had a great lunch. The Restaurant itself is great and also the Bar. after that Diane came back and took us downstairs too meet Mr. Owens think that was his name. He then took us on a tour of the Museum. Their is one thing that i think all the Cacti would love and that is the Combat Simulators that is whwt our active duty troops work with. Well i think it cost about $10.00 dollars. But let me tell u its worth it and if u have your grandchildren with you and u took them u will be the greatest ha ha. Their is so much too see and its worth it. they ask for a donation of $5.00 dollars when u enter the main Lobby. Also when your their u have to see Heritage Walk that is where all the pavers are too honor the troops.

Tom O'Connor -- New York NY USA -- 03/16/2013
Email


4498. On March 7, 1966 my "Big Brother" Sgt Benjamin George Spears was KIA in Vietnam. Brother you have not been forgotten...even though it 47 years ago, it still hurt. Love you. If anyone out there that would like to share their stories with me about my brother, I would appreciate it. I am so greatful to the men I have been able to talk with considering Benjamin. You don't realized how much help you have been to me. A special "THANK YOU" to Mr. John Fielding and his wife they have been their for me since I was able to contact with Mr. Fielding. You both hold a special place in my heart.

Tera Williams -- Auburndale FL USA -- 03/13/2013
Email


4497. In memory of Terry Weant, KIA forty four years ago,in Kontum Province. We started out together thru basic then infantry training , then Vietnam I miss you my Friend rest in peace.

A Brother in Arms --  USA -- 03/13/2013


4496. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Michael Keranen into membership. Mike and wife, Diane are from Hubbell MI, and he formerly was part of C 2/35, in 1968-9. Their address is mikekeranen@sbcglobal.net, and he is particularily seeking contact with Joseph Bradley. Welcome Mike to the greatest reunion association anywhere, and thanks for your service.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 03/13/2013
Email


4495. 46 years ago today Mar.12,1967 I was a RTO with C.Co 2nd 35th when we were call to make a combat assault to aid A Co. who was in a fierce fire fight We had moved through the jungle for hours when night fell. In the midst of changing point we were ambush only a few meters away from what was left of some brave men holding the top of a hill. After some heavy fighting we waited till morning to get to the men. What a sight. What joy as we hugged and thank God. I saw a young man that I had been in basic with. {Lyons is all I remember]The Lt. was given the Medal of Honor. What Bravery they had. Less than 10 days later March 21st. we hit the same bunch. We lost 22 fine men and A Co. and B Co. returned the favor. Thank you and God Bless you. You are all ways in my heart. Jim Phillips dbbc1995@hotmail.com

Jim Phillips -- Cookeville TN USA -- 03/13/2013
Email


4494. In remembrance of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms on March 12, 1967, especially Sp.4 James P. Perrone, Jr. We will not forget the many acts of heroism from so many on that day.

Glenn Perrone -- New York NY USA -- 03/12/2013
Email


4493. I'm 81 now and served in Korea 1953,54. Anybody still out there?

Thomas C. Smith -- North Port FL USA -- 03/12/2013
Email


4492. My father Billy Joe Dixon of McMinnville, Tennesee. He was in during Korea. Don't know much else. God bless his and all others who served with the 35th. thank you for your service. Any info on him would be great..

Barry Dixon -- English IN USA -- 03/11/2013
Email


4491. In remembrance of Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67 and all those who served so proudly.

a friend --  USA -- 03/11/2013


4490. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming the Associations latest Life Member. Bill Rieman, formerly with C 1/35 (1967-8) hails from Eagle Point, Or, and can be reached at bkrieman@jeffnet.org. Thanks for your life membership, Bill, and welcome home!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 03/11/2013
Email


4489. Dave Chapman. You may contact me about your dad's last minutes with us on 29may67, Tan Phong battle perimeter, when he was evac'ed after head wound. He was B/2/35 XO at that time and came out after Cpt.Walker was mortally wounded. I was 1st platoon leader ON THE GROUND at 0230 not flying around in a C&C 200 ft above. I think you would want to know how brave he was in the fight. Allen Twyford 1B/2/35 1967cacti_al@q.com

Allen Twyford -- Chandler AZ USA -- 03/09/2013
Email


4488. Richard Gabel, I have tried to send you an e-mail but I got a message that the e-mail address was not correct. Please check it for me. I know that I and others from Delta 1/35b would love to talk at you either by phone or e-mail. Please give another sit-rep so we can talk at you. Welcome Home Brother. "Doc" Olea

Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 03/09/2013
Email


4487. Hello, My name is Sumbal Ali and I am a student at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. My English class is reading The Things They Carried, and is now beginning a project memorializing soldiers whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. We are commemorating lost soldiers and I received PFC Hamp Edwin Zornes name. Through my research I found your name on http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=58183. I was wondering if you would be willing to share any memories, experiences or photos you have with Hamp Edwin Zornes that I can include in my memorial to make my tribute more personal. If you would like to see similar projects to the one I'm working on and where my memorial will eventually be posted, please visit http://www4.eanesisd.net/~vietnam/. Also, please feel free to contact my teacher, Valerie Taylor, at vtaylor@eanesisd.net. Thank you very much for your time, Sumbal Ali

Sumbal Ali -- Austin TX USA -- 03/06/2013
Email


4486. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming Frederick Spangler to our ranks. Fred's previous efforts were with B 2/35 form 1968-9. He and spouse Polly hail from Leesburg FL and welcome contact from former battlemates. They can be reached at truebasser@yahoo.com. Welcome home Fred, and thank you for your service.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 03/01/2013
Email


4485. Forty four years ago on March 2nd, 1969, Robert Diehl was killed during a firefight. He was a fine young man and is thought of often. RIP, my fellow comrade.

Ron Hogan -- Seaford DE USA -- 02/28/2013
Email


4484. Any Cacti in the Bakersfield, CA area. On Friday March 1 a Cacti hero from the Korean War is being laid to rest. His name is Roosevelt Clark. His Company was overwhelmed as the Chineese entered the war 62 years ago in November of 1950. Roosevelt and many other Cacti went missing that day and it was only recently that his body was identified and arrangements made to return him home. A memorial service will be conducted for him on Friday Mar 1 at the People's Missionary Baptist Church at 1451 Madison St in southwest Bakersfield beginning at 11 AM. Following the service his remains will be taken to Hillcrest Cemetery for burial where a graveside service will take place. He will be buried beside his Aunt who raised him and anquished over his loss all the years of her life while he was missing. It would be very nice for the Cacti to be able to greet his next of kin and express our appreciation for the loss that their family has suffered and to honor our hero. If anyone in the Bakersfield area can attend the memorial service at the church or at the cemetery please contact me. It is the least that we can do for our hero and for his family. All you have to do is to talk to a family member following the service to tell them that Roosevelt is still remembered and that their sacrifice is appreciated by all of us in the 35th Inf Reg Association. This is very easy and will be greatly appreciated by the family, I'm sure. I guarantee you that you will come away from this experience feeling great that you were there to honor this hero. -- Thanks Cacti Forever - Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 02/27/2013
Email


4483. Served with Delta Company, 2/35, from 7-1968 thru 3-7-1969. Would like to hear from those men that I served with during that time. I have seen several names that are familiar and would really to be in contact.

Ron Hogan -- Seaford DE USA -- 02/26/2013
Email


4482. Notice to all Cacti who are reciptiants of the Purple Heart. Branson Mo. is having a bash for all reciptiants of the Purple Heart in April 24th thru the 29th. Lots of activities are planned. The web site address is www.hand in hand branson mo.org check it out.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 02/26/2013
Email


4481. Wishing to remember five good men who lost their lives serving their country. Nelson Blum, Eugene Stringer, Carmelo Cordone, Ivan Steenbergh and Daniel Carter (Co. I 35th) died in March 9 and 11 in the Punch Bowl. May they rest in peace.

Frank Dahl -- Billings MT USA -- 02/25/2013
Email


4480. Trying to locate James Hancock 1st LT. A company 1/35th 1966 any info give me a shout.

Wiley Dodd (Sgt. at Arms) -- Riverview MI USA -- 02/24/2013
Email


4479. D 1/35 1968-1969. Does anyone remember me?

Richard M. Gabel -- Perrysburg NY USA -- 02/24/2013
Email


4478. 44 Years ago my Dad died with the C/2/35. We celebrate his life, and send prayers to those who remember him. Best wishes and Peace to all.

Jim Gleason -- Dillon MT USA -- 02/23/2013
Email


4477. To Michael J. Morris: I read your email post. You stated you started your tour with A-2/35 in May 67. Were you involved in the May 19-20 "Battle of Vihn Hien". There is an after Action Report on this webiste about it. I am curious because my oldest brother, Joseph Ledesma, Jr., was in C-2/35, and KIA on 20th. On May 20, C-2/35 was choppered in to do a combat assault to back you guys up. I am writing a book on my brothers life, and I am communicating with Cacti who were there on that day. Thanks, David Ledesma.

David Ledesma -- San José CA USA -- 02/23/2013
Email


4476. Hey Mike Miller: I read your recent post. My oldest brother, Joseph Ledesma, Jr. was a member of C-2/35 in 1967 also. He was KIA on May 20, 1967. I have contacted a few Cacti that served with him through this website. Any chance you knew him?

David Ledesma -- San José CA USA -- 02/23/2013
Email


4475. I'm trying to contact Victor Bean or his wife. Also the son of William Hernandez, from Aguas Buenas,P.R. Got photos of Victor and Hernandez. A/2/35. E-mail or 787-438-4630.

Roberto Albandoz -- Canovanas P.R. -- 02/20/2013
Email


4474. Looking for info on James Thrumond Crockett 1945-1948 Luzon,MP Japan

Wes Crockett -- Myakka City FL USA -- 02/18/2013
Email


4473. I am trying to find anyone who may have known Specialist Russel Howard Hewit Jr. I am a student, and I am working on a project memorializing soldiers whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. If you would be willing to share any memories, experiences or photos you have with Specialist Hewit that I can include in my memorial to make my tribute more personal that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Meera Khosla --  USA -- 02/16/2013
Email


4472. Bill Greenwell was KIA on this date 45 years ago, a blink of time gone by in a flash. Forty-five years and yet within a moment of unrequested clarity the span of time vanishes into the brightess of last week or yesterday or just a few hours ago. We sometimes live in our memories and my memories are not a stranger and yet not to be afraid of either. Perhaps time has helped to bleed out much of the energy within these tangible thoughts and my life then and my life now have somehow merged into a definable realm. Not a bad place to be. Bill and so many others reside with in us. We try to live a part of our lives in honor of our fallen comrades. Bill Greenwell, rest in peaceful slumber.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 02/16/2013
Email


4471. LOOKING FOR INFO. ON DELAPINTA(SPELLING?) FROM NEW YORK. WOUNDED SAME DAY LT. ANKNEY WAS KIA 9/24/68 GOD BLESS THE CACTI.

WAYNE SYKES -- LOUISVILLE KY USA -- 02/14/2013
Email


4470. I have been trying to contact someone frome Catti about not receiving the last three issues of the Catti newsletter. Please tell me what the problem is. Thanks for your time . Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens --  IA USA -- 02/14/2013
Email


4469. I thought the article "Three Days In May," written by Ben Crosby for the Fall 2012 issue of the " Cacti Times," was excellent and well written. There have been other articles written by him which I have found to be excellent and well written also. He has a true talent for writing. I was a member of Charlie Company 2/35th, which left Liz on May 22nd, and came back on May 30th. We operated from the South China Sea Beach and the Red Hill, when the three days was going on. If I'm correct, there was an awesome B-52 bombing in the Tan Phong area around May 31st, or shortly after that because it was very observable from Liz. I always felt very fortunate to have leaders such as Clinton Granger amd Ben Crosby and commend them for all they did for our battalion. When Richard Truesdell and I returned to Vietnam with our sons in January 2008, our guide throughout the trip was Truong Van Phong, the 2/35th ARVN interpreter who spent much time with Clinton and Ben. He praised them many times, during our trip, for their great intelligence, hard work and leadership. Rich and I couldn't have agreed more. Thanks, Clinton and Ben. The 25th Infantry Division Association, some time ago, had thought about writing a book on the 3rd Brigade of the 25th and 4th. Does anyone know how this project is going? God Bless You All and The United States of America!!! Mike Miller--2/35th Mortars--3/1967 to 3/1968

Mike Miller -- The Plains OH USA -- 02/11/2013
Email


4468. Congratulations to Philip Spence, (B 2/35, 1967-8) as our newest Life Member. Please join the Board of Directors in thanking him. He hails from the St Petersburg, FL area. Thanks for your service, Philip, and a heartfelt hand salute from all Cacti!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 02/11/2013
Email


4467. Hope that Jim Furlong or Richard Furlong will contact me about Spc Fitzgerald. I tried the e-mail link and it didn't work. My e-mail is duty2s@hotmail.com. Also if "chicken man" is there, I would love to talk to you also. Walt ShieldsB 2/9th FA

Walt Shields -- Peoria IL USA -- 02/09/2013
Email


4466. For those who gave up looking we have a new story in our War Stories section from Joe Soga. I hope it will inspire you to sit down on one of these cold winter days and write down a recollection of your time in the Cacti. While you still have the capacity to do so LOL.

Wiley Dodd \Tiny\ -- Riverview MI USA -- 02/06/2013
Email


4465. Ted (as we called him) Winowitch attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia for only a year where as a upperclassman and his first sgt. I met him and became his friend. Even at his young age (15-16) Ted earned the respect not only of his classmates but of the upperclassmen as well. Of all the many souls I have known in my 73 years, Winowitch stands out in my memories of past friends as someone special. In closing, thank you Ted for your service and I for one shall always remember your sacrifice....God bless and keep you!

John Glover -- Citra FL USA -- 02/06/2013
Email


4464. To my Korean Bros especially: Tomorrow (5 Feb) I will join another band of Brothers and Sisters, welcoming home Cpl Robert Archer. Arriving at Indpls Airport aboard Delta 1127, he will be removed and escorted by the Ft Knox Color Guard to the French Funeral Home in Brazil, IN. Captured by the North Koreans/Chinese in 1951, Archer died while in captivity at age 20. Services will be the following Sat, 9 Feb. Some of us will NEVER forget!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 02/04/2013
Email


4463. My father served as an automatic rifleman in the the Luzon Campaign, Company L, 35th Infantry. I felt a need to reach out to all of you and in some small way, partake in your comraederie. Let us never forget the hard fought battles of the Pacific, and may our country never forget, either.

Connie Ligman -- Brookfield WI USA -- 02/04/2013
Email


4462. I am past president of the Leo High School Chicago Alumni Assoc. One of our brothers David E. Fitzgerald of Bravo Co. 2nd. Battaliion 35th. infantry regiment Viet Nam War died in action on August 2nd, 1969. We at Leo want to honor his memory at our annual Alumni banquet coming up soon. This would have been David's 50th. anniversary from Leo and his class is coming from around the country over 100 strong. We cannot locate any family members and my brother JIm Furlong himself a Distinguished Service Cross recipient cannot locate a copy of the citatiion for Davids Silver Star. Jim has communicated with the Army but is getting no real help from them. Supposedly there was a fire at one of there records centers in the 1970's. Does anyone have a suggestion how we can recieve a copy of the Silver Star citation Sincerely Rich Furlong

Richard Furlong -- Crest Hill IL USA -- 02/02/2013
Email


4461. I am looking for information on Sp4 David Fitzgerald, KIA on 02 Aug 1969. He was attached to B/2/35 operationally when he died and his parent unit was B Battery 2/9 Arty. He earned a Silver Star on the day he died. His 50th anniversary Class of 1963 from Leo High School in Chicago is looking to honor him. Any information appreciated. Welcome home my brothers. Jim Furlong.

Jim Furlong -- Chicago IL USA -- 02/02/2013
Email


4460. Looking for John Edwin Linn (nurse)

Rita Pelly -- East St. Louis IL USA -- 01/31/2013
Email


4459. I'm Walt Shields and I was with B 2/9 F.A. and attached to A 2/35 Inf in a FO party. I traveled with A. Co from July 69 till Feb 70 when the 3rd Bde went home. My first "hump" was in the Ia Drange Valley. You guys treated me the best. I say thank you to all of you "grunts".

Walt Shields -- Peoria IL USA -- 01/26/2013
Email


4458. Stationed at Schofield Barracks Hawaii 1972 to 1975 looking for anyone that was in Company B

Albert Yanez -- San Mateo CA USA -- 01/18/2013
Email


4457. Greetings all - just to say that next week I'm headed to Vietnam and will make every effort to get over to Pleiku/Kontum. Want to see how close I can get to the area where we had some action general vicinity west of Plei Dejereng (10/11 March '67 and 22 March '67). Your thoughts/comments/suggestions/requests most appreciated. Dave Dunn has already been very helpful. Bill Stoner, C/2/35 bstoner3@yahoo.com

Bill Stoner -- Ashburn VA USA -- 01/17/2013
Email


4456. SEARCHING for anyone that knew or served with my great uncle John Larry Jeffers during Vietnam with the RECON PLT, HHC, 2nd BN, 35th INFANTRY. Larry was KIA by small arms fire in July 25th 1967. Larry is the reason why I am serving my country. Even though I never met him, the stories that were told to me by my family made me realize that It was my calling to serve in our military. So fair am the only girl from my family that has joined. I am also the only one of the great grandchildren that have joined. Larry was taken from us at only 19 years old. I feel very proud to be carrying on his legacy and I think about him often. If anyone has any information please do not hesitate to email me. I would love to learn more about my great uncle. Thank you to all of you for serving the United States of America. Freedom would not be here without you and your sacrifices. Very Respectfully, SSgt Grace Smith, United States Air Force

SSgt Grace Smith, USAF -- APO AE USA -- 01/16/2013
Email


4455. HOAGIE. I JUST SAW YOUR NAME IN GUEST BOOK. CAN`T EMAIL YOU FOR SOME REASON. COMPUTOR WON`T LET ME. IF YOU EVER SEE THIS POST WILL YOU PLEASE SET THESE PEOPLE STRAIGHT ON HOW LT. IKE DIED THAT DAT , NOV. 13TH. I WAS R.T.O. 4DUECE MORTERS THAT DAY ATTACHED TO BRAVO COMPANY. THEY SAY HE WAS SHOT DOWN IN CHOPPER . NOT ACCURATE. SET EM STRAIGHT. IF ITS THE LAST THING I DO , I`M GONNA GET THIS ERROR CORRECTED. MAYBE IT`S JUST TO MUCH TROUBLE TO CHANGE ALL THE PAPER WORK , OR IT SOUNDS BETTER I DON`T KNOW BUT YOU AND I AND ALL THE OTHERS THAT WERE THERE KNOW HE WAS ON THE GROUND WITH US.

SANDY B 1/35 NOV 13 -- Dayton OH USA -- 01/13/2013
Email


4454. I cannot find the proper link to send this info so will relay it here. if there are any members of Bravo CO. 1/35th Nov. 13 1967 that are reading this they can confirm what I am saying to be accurate. I cannot confirm any of Dick Arnolds recollection of that day accept one important(at least to me)fact. This had to be second hand info on LT.Eisenhower and the other three K.I.A.s and how they died. i would think families would want to know, but maybe not. they were all on the ground securing that down chopper. I know this to be fact because i was there. I saw all four get zapped there. they were NOT shot down in a chopper. LT.IKE and the SSG. were in a hoocth to the left of my position facing the vill. an r.p.g. direct hit took out that hootch.that was the first contact we`d had all day after laying in the rain most of the day behind rice paddy dikes. they didn`t feel a thing. I think there were more men in there and maybe one more k.i.a. (the black headed boy). not sure but the blonde headed boy was in the paddys with the rest of us about three or four down on my left. The next thing that happened, within a couple of minutes was another r.p.g. came in and a direct hit on the downed chopper 25 or 50 meters directly behind us. That's when I was hit and so was the blond headed boy. He died instantly. others were wounded that day I think. The point to this story is that the four did not die getting shot down in they`re chopper. Tex was there. He knows too and so would anyone else that was there. after that we started taking on small arms fire from the vill. There's more but out of space. (SANDY)RTO 4DUECE

RUSS SAUNDERS (SANDY) -- Dayton OH USA -- 01/13/2013
Email


4453. Cacti Korean War MIA Recovered The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced January 9 the identification of remains belonging to a Cacti soldier who had been unaccounted-for since the Korean War. He was identified as Army Pfc. Ernest V. Fuqua Jr., 21, of Detroit. In late November 1950, units of the 35th Infantry Regiment and allied forces were deployed in a defensive line advancing across the Ch’ongch’on River in North Korea when Chinese forces attacked. Fuqua was listed as killed in action on Nov. 28, 1950. His body was not recoverable at the time.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 01/12/2013
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4452. My husband S/Sgt. Wilburne W. Hubbard 1940/1945 was in E Company 35th Inf. 25th Div. I believe it was the 2nd Battalion. I would like links to research.

Vesta Lou Hall Hubbard -- Orleans IN USA -- 01/08/2013
Email


4451. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming Barry Keefer as a first time member. Barry and wife Joyce call Middletown PA home. He invites past battlemates of HHC 1/35 to contact him at (717) 944-5235. (He served from 1967-8.) Welcome home, Barry and welcome to the best reunion assoc anywhere!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 01/07/2013
Email


4450. FOR MY FRIEND, CHARLES MICHEAL YATES (VIETNAM) GONE ,BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. ANYONE WHO SERVED WITH MIKE PLEASE CONTACT ME THANKS JIMLAGONI@YAHOO.COM

JIM LAGONI -- SAN DIEGO CA USA -- 01/06/2013
Email


4449. From May 1967 to April 1968, I served under Capts. Barcena, Hicks and Henderson in Co. A, 2/35. My first action was in Duc Pho, my last at Polei Kleng. I arrived in-country a PFC, spent my entire year outside the wire, was wounded in action, and left at the end of my tour as a S/Sgt. This is my first visit to this website, and it's an eye-opener! I shall return!

Michael J. Morris -- Ossining NY USA -- 01/04/2013
Email


4448. Join the Board of Directors welcoming Steven Dickerson into the ranks of the latest convert to Life Membership! Steven, who joined in '09 and wife, Linda reside in Jamestown IN, and welcomes contact by former battlemates of C Co 1/35. His tour was from 1967-8, and he can be reached at steven0155@embarqmail.com. Thanks for your service, Steven and WELCOME HOME!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 01/03/2013
Email


4447. I think at least one of our members lives in Vietnam, but unfortunately I lost track of him. If anyone has info on him or any of our former comrades living in the country would you kindly contact me at bstoner3@yahoo.com Thanks and have a great 2013

Bill Stoner --  VA USA -- 01/01/2013
Email


4446. Wishing all who served and are serving now . Happy New Year

Richard Stevens -- Council Bluffs IA USA -- 01/01/2013
Email


4445. My name is Bob Marley I served in nam from 5/67 2/68 in B and later D Co. 1/35. I spent 40 some years trying to forget that time but it never goes away. now I'm 66 and find I will never forget those who died I can't rember all ther names but will never forget ther faces, god bless them. If anyone remebers me I would like to hear from you. Bill Burrell, Doc Yates, Frenchy, Phil Landus I met you in Reno, Larry Gogines, Sgt Black there is alot more, I have alot of pictures, that I will share with you. you can reach me at 620 863-6201 or E-mail bobandjomarley@q.com God bless all thanks Bob Marley

Bob Marley -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 12/31/2012
Email


4444. The mailed version of the Cacti Times has been delayed a bit due to a computer glitch. The day after I finished this issue, my computer died. However, I had a master and the electronic version went out the next day. I took the print master to the printer the following day. Once I got the proof back, I noticed a couple items didn’t translate from my master to the printer’s software quite right so I had to recreate a couple pages to make the corrections, which ran us into the holiday schedule. The printer has now made the final changes and it should be on the press for printing. Hopefully it will be mailed out by the end of the week. My new desktop computer is in the mail and hopefully I will be able to “saddle-up” once again after reinstalling all my software. I apologize for the delay in the mailed version. I’m sure many of you are anxious to get the current issue but I think it will be worth the wait as it is one of our best with 44 pages that include the reunion recap and photos, a report from our active Cacti at Schofield Barracks and many great stories that our members have sent in, which make the Cacti Times both enjoyable and informative. Keep those stories coming; they are our history and legacy!

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 12/30/2012
Email


4443. Join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest Cacti Life Member, Gregory Malnar. Formerly of C Co, 1/35 from 1967-8, he and wife Kathleen reside in Livonia MI, and welcome contact from former battlemates at gmalnar@sbcglobal.net. He has been an annual member since 2010. Welcome home Gregory, and thanks for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 12/27/2012
Email


4442. My name is Greg Chapman. My father was Lt. Russ Chapman – leader of 3rd platoon, Co B, during the battles of 11-12 March and 21-22 March 1967. Over the years I’ve been in contact with many Cacti members through your website in an attempt to learn more about my father’s experiences in Vietnam. He passed away in March of 1992, and like many Vets he was reluctant to talk much about Vietnam. I have been piecing together his movements during his tour through after action reports, battalion radio journals, decoration citations, and personal contacts for many years. Recently I read “One More Sunrise” by Curtis Gay. A particular passage in the book struck me, as I recollect my father talking about the jungle – when Gay stated that they never really knew where they were or where they were going from a geographic coordinate perspective.I had always wondered about the battles of March – exactly where they were fought. Recently, I spent some time converting the military UTM coordinates mentioned in the AA reports into Google Earth coordinates and plotting the battle of Plei Djereng on Google Earth. The output of this effort is fascinating. I can now see exactly the movements by Company. Using some of the Google Earth tools, such as “Street View”, I can walk the same path as my father from the CO B LZ into the terrible ambush position where he lost several members of his platoon. I have created a file that can be emailed to you. I am proud and happy to make this information available to the brave guys that may not know exactly where in the jungle they fought and lost friends. I am confident that this is as accurate as can be given the coordinates mentioned in the after action reports – just to be sure, I cross checked several firebases, such as LZ Liz, and the coordinates were right on – placing me at the base of the two hills that comprised LZ Liz on Google Earth. When you open this file – and assuming you have Google Earth installed (free) – the battle area will show up both on the map and also a series of entries will be available in the Left Hand Nav column. When you click on the places, I’ve inserted the specific passages from the After Action reports to provide a type of timeline of activity associated with each pin drop location. The broad, semi square area is the “Sweep” area Co A was assigned, and is anchored by the 4 coordinates mentioned in the After Action report. You men of B/2/35 have my undying respect and admiration, as do all of our vets. Please email me with your email address and I will be happy to send this to you - all you need to do is download Google Earth, which is a free download - the file will then open. In the event that one of you guys might have pictures, stories, anecdotes, etc. about my father. I would welcome them.

Greg Chapman -- San Diego CA USA -- 12/25/2012
Email


4441. Merry Christmas my brothers. I hope this message reaches all in good health and spirit. I will see all at the next reunion in Virginia Beach. MERRY CHRISTMAS. "DOC"

Forrest Olea "DOC" -- Kelso WA USA -- 12/25/2012
Email


4440. I want to wish all my fellow Cacti and their families a MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year. May next year be a good one for all. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at Virginia Beach in September.

Joe Henderson -- Levittown PA USA -- 12/24/2012
Email


4439. On this date !2/22/67 I was replace by Charles McClurg as RTO (FO)for c/2/35 and I went back to artillary c/2/9 at LZ Sue. Rest in Peace Charles (kia 12/24/67).

Samuel H Nieto -- Sinton TX USA -- 12/21/2012
Email


4438. I am looking for the soldier who on 4 June 1966 shot my Brother Lt. Everette E Light. If anyone still knows the young replacement who shot my brother PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE ! Tell him The Lt’s family holds NO animosity of any kind towards him. We are a family of Soldiers and some of us have even felt the same fear and anxiety that resulted in my brother’s death. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO ANY OF US!!!! and if you had been right you would have a Bronze Star, instead of a scar. I met you once when I was nine, you came to my father’s house to talk to my parents. When you left my mother cried, not for her son but for the guilt she knew you would carry. She wanted to hug you and make it go away. From this old Soldier to another, Welcome home , and A JOB DAMN WELL DONE!

Dan Jerger -- Pioneer CA USA -- 12/20/2012
Email


4437. To whom it may concern;Hello, I'm writting to in regards to my grandfather Joe R. Holstine. Gramps served with the 35th as a Sgt. in a recon plattoon during WWII. He seldom talked about it, however on certain times he would bring out his shoe box of "memories" from his time he served. Now that he has passed, an time has gone on I with a few other grandchildren have wonderd what to do with the "memories" he has left us.....So before they are put away or lost forever, we thought it only be right to give You (the 35th assc.) the option to have the photos put up on your website. Be for-warned most of the picts are war at it's worst. Please fill free go write back with an answer, or if any questions. Thank You for your time and Sevice.

J.R. Holstine -- Ukiah CA USA -- 12/18/2012
Email


4436. George D'Avignon passed on December 13th after an injury resulting from a fall. George was 1/35 Delta 6 from late August 1967 to April 15, 1968 when he was WIA and evacuated from Mile High with grevious wounds. George and I reconnected at the first Cacti reunion in 1999 and remained in touch throught the years. He was a very private and brave man who did his best and later silently battled his inner demons as so many of us have ours. Although I did not know him well I will miss him as he represented a part of history which resonates within every part of my being. God Bless you George and rest in peace.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 12/17/2012
Email


4434. Last thursday we lost another hero. Our Capt.,George D'Avignon ret. major passed. He had been living for many years at the Naval marina in Key West,Fl. on a sailboat. He and I visited many times and we had a mini reunion at my place about 11 years ago in Melbourne ,Fl. Our platoon sgt. Bobby Settan along with his lady,Penny and Barrie "bloop" Wendell.his wife Patty, and Pete Pederson and my wife Debi.It was a hoot and I want to keep that memory in my heart and mind forever about the Capt.He served in Nam as an enlisted man in Special Forces prior to going back to the world and OCS and then making rank then we were very fortuate to get him as our C.O he tried to keep us safe but when the metal hit the meat he was right in the middle of it.He and Col.Taylar had a special bond as well,George thought very highly of Col. Bill and Dot.On April 15th 1968 at a place called Mileshigh we had a bad day and George was hit as he charged a 30 cal machine gunner 4 times as I recall and then as he was being taken back 1-2 more times by the bad guys tied up in the trees.We got them for him.How he survived that I will never know.Imagine my surprise after about 20 years passed he knocked on my door in Melbourne!!Is that you Captain? I have pix of that time and I am keeping on my desk to remember him.His ex contacted me and said Georges daughter was going to have a memorial for him in Key West in January.I will attend if possible.He had 1 speed,high speed GO!!I pray he is with God now in a much better place.

Miles surf Sawvel -- Melbourne FL USA -- 12/17/2012
Email


4432. I forgot to put this in my last post....I was in D 2/35 2nd platoon 69-70

Houston Hamilton -- Gray GA USA -- 12/14/2012
Email


4431. I was here just looing around..love to here from anyone that remember me when i was in vietnam 69-70..I was pltoon sgt. of the second pltoon...love to here from any of the guys that sever with me...

Houston Hamilton -- Gray GA USA -- 12/12/2012
Email


4430. Here in Vernon Parish Louisiana we will participate inthe ceremony wreaths across America, we have brand new veterans cemetery state run, for all Louisiains and east texans who desire to bury in a veterans cemetery they alsohave a place for cremated remains. inclosure I want to wish all the CACTI a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 12/12/2012
Email


4429. This morning I mass emailed 307 issues of the Fall, '12 Cacti Times. Congratulations to the Cacti Times publishing team of John Lorts, Editor and Bill Henson, Asst Editor, for another very fine effort. If you have not received your edition by the time you read this post, contact me by email only, please! (I DO NOT need additional phone calls.) Those of you on the snail mail list have some time to wait for your black and white copy.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 12/12/2012
Email


4428. On Sat. 12/15/12 I will be with JR ROTC at the Nashville National Cem to place wreaths. It is the lest I can do for these Men and Women who GAVE ALL FOR OUR FREEDOM. Take arms.

James L Brown -- Portland TN USA -- 12/10/2012
Email


4427. Take the time this Saturday, 15 Dec to participate in "Wreaths Across America." Honor the Veterans who have touched your heart by donating time or money in this national salute, which seeks to place a Christmas Wreath on all Veterans' graves. For more information visit their website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.com, or find them on Facebook. Just remember many of the Veterans buried here and in foreign lands have no living relatives left, and perhaps one of these days, yours will be the one honored.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 12/10/2012
Email


4426. A/1/35, Though the anniversary date of their KIA on 11/27/1967 has passed their memory will never be forgotten. Joe Henry Furch and Jose Ramos Jr.

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 12/08/2012
Email


4425. I just happened to be off today and learned when I got my local paper that the small town next to mine was holding a first time ever Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony. So at 9:00 am this morning I drove over to attend. A cold rain started just minutes before 9:00 am so approximately 50 of us huddled under umbrellas as the ceremony began. It really was a very nice ceremony. As I said, it was a small town and only 3 WWII men were in attendance but it was a very special morning. There were prayers and speeches and a wreath was committed to the Delaware river as the local VFW Lodge Color Guard provided a 21 rifle salute and Taps were played. So on this morning my thoughts turned to the heroes of my youth and especially to all of our Cacti WWII heroes. Thank you all for your service. Your generation will always be remembered by those of us who followed. Hand Salute! -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 12/07/2012
Email


4424. 12/06/2012 - It is with great sorrow to have to announce that John Wayne Land, from Ft. Worth, Texas passed away early this morning. Wayne and I served together from Basic at Ft. Polk, and through AIT at Tigerland. We took the cruise on the USS Upshur out of Tacoma, WA on July 24th, 1967 to VietNam where we both ended up in the 1st platoon of Charlie Company of the 2nd Bn/35th Infantry Regiment. You will be missed my brother.

Ken Smith -- Silsbee TX USA -- 12/06/2012
Email


4423. Hi Chuck, Years ago while I was trying to identify all of the New England graves of our KIAs, I also included Canada. That is how we gained the friendship of Barry Blake and also the entry on Robert's memorial page. Sad to say, but Barry passed away a few years ago. Thanks for not forgetting your Cacti brother in arms, Bob Kenny. Cacti Forever!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 12/05/2012
Email


4422. I am trying to find a friend of Bob Kenny (KIA 1-24-67) who posted the information on his KIA page. His name was Barry. If you read this please contact me. Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 12/05/2012
Email


4421. I made a winning bid on e-Bay for a Special Privilige Pass given to PFC Henry P. Szott of I Co.in 1940. The seller is his daughter. I let her know about the ASSN. and she replied with a thank-you and that her Dad is 93 years old and living in the Maine Veterans Home. So if there is anyone living in Maine here is a potential chance to contact/visit/talk with another Brother Cacti in your State. CACTI Forever!

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 11/29/2012
Email


4420. I am posting this for SGT. Ken Whitmier. HAY THIS OL "SARGE WHIT". I WAS AT VA ON TUES.I HAD ON MY CAP 2 WARS & 25 DIV.PATCH THIS GUY COMES UP TO ME WITH A CAP JEST LIKE MINE & SAID CACTI B-2=35 HE IS A KOREA VET IF ANY ONE WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT HIM HIS NAME IS RAYMOND LARGEN HIS PH# IS 305-527-6735 AS EVER CACTI FOREVER OL "SARGE WHIT

Rocco 'Doc' DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 11/16/2012
Email


4419. You who served with me in B Co 1/35 from September 67 to Sept 68, I would like first to say have a good Veteran's Day. I would like to say thank-you for covering my back while I was covering yours. Thanks for the good times we shared when we were going through the tet bad times. Thanks for showing me the ropes as I showed others who came later the same. I have not forgotten the ones who didn't make it back to the World. They will live forever in my memories. Years have gone by since the Nam but in my mind it was only a moment ago. To all of you-Have a Great Veteran's Day.

Michael McCann --  USA -- 11/12/2012
Email


4418. Dear Linda and Family, Remembering Richard and his family today. Hope you are doing good. I live with my brother Mike in Eugene,Or. May God bless you........love Jacki

Jacqueline Knuckles Rodrgiguez -- Eugene OR USA -- 11/11/2012
Email


4417. With special thoughts of Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67 - Please know that all who served as in our thoughts and prayers daily.

a friend --  USA -- 11/11/2012


4416. Donald S Holke-A/1/35, KIA Nov 9, 1967, Gone but never forgotten.

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/09/2012
Email


4415. We have our family member coming home. It's been Sixth Two year. 1950 this is 2012 May God Bless and keep.

Sam & Rennie Hunter -- Dallas GA USA -- 11/03/2012
Email


4414. Please join the Board of Directors' welcoming Stanley Koch of Glen Burnie MD into annual membership. Glen served his country with HHC, 35th Inf from 1950-1 in I & R Platoons, Korea, and welcomes contact from other members. Reach him at stk1931@hotmail.com. Welcome to the 35th Inf Reg Assoc, Stanley, and thanks for your service, and for your donation to our Scholarship Fund and Active 35th Support!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 10/31/2012
Email


4413. Today I had the privilege of flying on the same flight (Atlanta to Raleigh, NC) as Pfc James C Mullins as his remains were finally being returned home. He was KIA in South Korea in July of 1950 at the age of 21. I sat next to Master Sgt. Ryan Hampton who was accompanying him on this final journey. After landing the entire plane clapped in his honor. Upon exiting the plane and entering the airport, the entire airport window was filled with passengers ... in pure silence ... as they watched the Color Guard remove the casket. I felt very small as I watched the incredible sacrifice this young man made for our country. It was very moving. Our freedom was not free, but paid for through the selfless sacrifices of soldiers like James C Mullins. I will never forget. I would like to get a picture of this brave hero if I can. Please contact me at John.Andrzejek@gmail.com if you know where I can get one.

John Andrzejek -- Burnsville MN USA -- 10/31/2012
Email


4412. Folks, we lost another very good man on the 18th of October. I heard from Kenny Vancil's (2nd platoon, D Comp, 1/35 1967-68) wife, Joni, that he died at the VA facility in Portland, OR. God speed, Kenny.

Barrie Windell -- Garden Grove CA USA -- 10/30/2012
Email


4411. In April 1967, as a First Lieutenant helicopter pilot, I was assigned to the 174th Assault Helicopter Company at Duc Pho, Republic of South Viet Nam. On 25 April 1967 I flew an "emergency resupply/medevac misson" for 1st Bn 35th Inf somewhere near Duc Pho, but I can't recall which company, the location or much else. I do remember we kept flying from late afternoon into the night taking ammo/C-rations into the LZ and bring out wounded and/or KIA. The fire fight while we flew into the location didn't let up. Later while stationed in Germany I was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for that 1/35th mission on 25 April 1967. My memory of that day, who I flew with, where the LZ was, who the men of the 1/35th were... is like a mystery. I know it happened, but I can't recall any of the details. I would like to know who, what, when, where all of this took place.I would certainly be appreciative if anyone in your associaiton could help. Thanks to you gentlemen for your service, welcome home and my God Bless each of you!/S/ COL (ret) Billy R. Wood

COL (ret) Billy R. Wood -- Mena AR USA -- 10/29/2012
Email


4410. Those of you who spent time at a nasty little place called LZ Ross in the middle of the Que Son Valley (aka Death Valley) in late 1967 - early 1968 may remember a totally denuded, bolder strewn, explosives cratered, sand bagged fortress that the Dinks regularly tried to overrun out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by rice paddies and mountains. I just ran across a web site that has pictures of it taken in 67-68, taken again in 2001, and again taken in 2010. The difference is astounding. It now has paved roads with curbs, sidewalks, lawns and landscaping, with modern looking buildings. Take a look at it at http://www.thecharlietigers.com/places.html It's under the places tab

Glen Jenkins -- Manteca CA USA -- 10/25/2012
Email


4409. In memory of Eugene Naylor and Roger Romine..Co E, 1st Bn/35th Inf.(Recon) who died together on this date, Oct. 22,1967...Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends..John15:13

Joyce Davis -- Danville KY USA -- 10/22/2012
Email


4408. With the Denver reunion a fond memory, it is once again time to begin thinking about 2013 dues. They are due and payable now, it's not necessary to wait. Another thought: A Life Membership makes a great Christmas gift, from someone close, or it makes a long-lasting gift for yourself with all that holiday cash. (Installments can be arranged, but ALL payments must be made in the same year.)The renewal or Life Membership form can be found on this website, or in any publication of the Cacti Times. You can also direct that some, or all of your estate be bequeathed to our great Association. Just let your heirs know your wishes. Your gift can be earmarked in your name to one or several of our programs: Schlarships, Cacti Monument, etc. Or, if you prefer, the funds can be left in the name of anyone you wish. Contact me, or anyother of the Officers and we'll be glad to help with the details.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 10/16/2012
Email


4407. SEARCHING! for anyone who knew PFC WILFREDO MERCADO-SANTOS Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment. I think he was an asst. machine gunner. He was also called "Freddy" and he was killed by friendly fire in the Binh Dinh Province of Vietnam on April 11, 1967. From an old newspaper clipping my mother gave me, my father was killed with two other soldiers. My name is Doreen Mercado and I am the daughter he never knew. Any information or pics of my dad would be greatly appreciated.

Doreen Mercado-Gonzalez -- Yonkers NY USA -- 10/12/2012
Email


4406. Just wanted to express my gratitude for the great reunion in the Denver area.Want to let anyone out there that is suffering from PTSD and need help, I have the information that can help you get your 100% disability. If you are struggling with your stalled claim I can help with that to get it moving.If you might think you have PTSD and are in denial please contact me and we can talk.I have and am currently working with fellow Vet's long distance. The benefits are out there and you have earned them!!!!!!Ole.

Alan Olsen -- Overland Park KS USA -- 10/09/2012
Email


4405. This was my second reunion and what a great feeling to walk among HEROES!!!! The funny thing is you don’t even realize that you are. I never knew my dad because he was killed exactly one month after I was born. I came with the broken heart of a little girl, but it is healed by each of you. As much as each one of you have helped me to heal, my hope for you is this: By seeing me, and meeting me that I have given you a way to let your guilt go. This was the one thing that I heard over and over again. Your Cacti brothers would not want you to feel this way. It’s easy for me to say and harder for you to do, but together we can heal. You didn’t get your hero’s welcome so long ago, but I want to say “Welcome Home and God Bless each of you” It is truly my honor to meet you and to know you. With all my respect,Kimberly Massine Rankin, daughter of Richard P Massine KIA Nov. 20 1966

Kimberly Massine Rankin -- Norman OK USA -- 10/04/2012
Email


4404. Got home last night from the Denver Reunion. What a great time, we had a ball. The hotel was great, Doc Johnson did really good. My brother & sister in law attended for the first time. They where very impressed with the Saturday night activities & all the great people. They couldn't believe how close we are for serving together so long ago.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 10/03/2012
Email


4403. I want to thank everyone for your gracious welcome to my wife Jaci and myself at the reunion this year. It was my first. There are no words to express my feelings. You guys know what great therapy it is/was so maybe no words are necessary. Meeting Dave Manrique (Pancho) face to face was one of the most emotional moments of my life. After so so many years thinking he didn't make it. I have been battling the "Beast" for a long time. When Dick Arnold told me some time ago that it is a brotherhood and when I walked in I would understand, I really didn't understand, but I do now.I am in intense PET therapy now, but the reunion was the one "missing piece of the puzzle". Once again I thank each and every one of you. The Cacti are indeed Brothers and we'll see you all in Virginia Beach next year. Mike

Mike Critchfield -- Stanwood MI USA -- 10/03/2012
Email


4402. Thank you all for your attendance at our 14th Annual Reunion in Denver. You have made this event another powerful happening. Without you, we would not be the most sucessful Regimental Association that exists. If you were there, you realise what it means to be a Cacti. If you were not there, we missed you but did not forget you. For our KIA family and friends, we hope that we were able to answer your queries. For our seven Active soldiers from Hawaii that attended, we stand so proud for your service as a Cacti and your endurance overseas. We look forward to Virginia Beach VA come next September with pride and anticipation. Please spread the word with your Cacti brothers how fulfilling a reunion can be. CACI FOREVER!!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 10/02/2012
Email


4401. My respects to all. 44 years ago today Johnny T Fuller lost his life. My thanks to all who have tried to help me find out what happened. You know who you are. Good by an God Bless Jim

Jim McElroy -- DeWitt AR USA -- 10/01/2012
Email


4400. On your feet bros....so sorry to miss yet another great cacti reunion...work and health concerns are paramount...I've been a member 4years now and have yet to attend a single reunion....I am working towards retirement and so just maybe lords willing, we can make it next year.....until then my fellow cacti....stay safe stay warm and watch your six....take arms!

Larry Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 09/29/2012
Email


4399. 1966 - vietnam - b-btry 2nd bn 9th arty 105 how - 3rd  bde 25 inf div - pleiku - sp5 gj moore ra 22-884-286 - request any info about my unit and members - our mission

gerald j moore -- enosburg fall VT USA -- 09/27/2012
Email -- http://www.mypage.com


4398. 44 years ago this week was a week from hell. 17 good men from C 2/35 were killed at Duc Lap, along with others that came to the aid of C 2/35. You are gone but definitely not forgotten. "Doc Sines,Golda, Lt. Fulkerson , Lt. Ankey, Stucky, and all the rest. May you all Rest in Peace.

Francis Wheeler -- Billings MT USA -- 09/26/2012
Email


4397. It doesn't seem real that it's been 44 years. We miss you, Roger Fulkerson. Thank you to all his friends who've been so kind to his daughter.

Jeanne Griffin Smith -- Sacramento CA USA -- 09/25/2012
Email


4396. We are delighted that seven active duty Cacti will attend our reunion Sept. 27-30. Please keep in mind that the reunion/business meeting is an official function of the 501 (c)19 Association, which prompts me to respectfully ask that attendees check politics at the door.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice President -- Rocky River OH USA -- 09/17/2012
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4395. Please join the Board of Directors in expressing gratitude to Michael Kurtgis, formerly with B 2/35, 1968 for his recent donation to the Schloarship Fund in the name of Roger Fulkerson. Hand salute, Michael! Your donation in the name of your friend offers the chance for all of us to remember that both you and he continue to serve this great Cacti organization. Job well done, and welcome home.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 09/12/2012
Email


4394. Won't be able to make the Denver reunion but I hope everyone has a good time . Have had some personal setbacks so hope to join in next year. Gary Rose A CO. 1/35

Gary Rose -- Mills River NC USA -- 09/12/2012
Email


4393. I will be at the reunion along with Ron Ray and am looking forward to seeing all of Recon 1/35 maybe we can have a dinner on Friday night I am also bringing my wife this time. It is going to be a great time. Take Arms James (witch doctor) Brown

James L Brown -- Portland TN USA -- 09/11/2012
Email


4392. We live just off I-40 on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, we are not able to make the reunion in Denver this year. Any former Recon 1/35 or A 1/35 personnel coming thru this area en route to or from the reunion are welcome to stop here to enjoy the hospitality and smell the roses. Bill Bell and family (Cacti Green 1965-66)

Bill Bell -- Lavaca AR USA -- 09/08/2012
Email


4391. Co C, 1/35 IN and 2/9 FA Annual Reunion Party will be held beginning at 1800 28 Sep 2012 at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 9627 E. County Line Road, Englewood CO. We will have a private dining room with an open bar and buffet meal. The buffet will cost approximately $30.00, including gratuities and sales tax.

Collins, Dave  --  USA -- 09/04/2012
Email


4390. Just got off the phone with Karl Hawkins of Kokomo, IN, who I met during Basic @ Ft Knox, 45 years ago! He & I were sent to Tigerland together, but lost track of each other when he was rotated to A 1/35, while I was an OCS hold-over, later sent to A 2/35. How ironic that he now lives in the Dallas area, which we went through on the way to San Antonio, last July! Hopefully he will be joining the Assoc soon, and he and I will be reunited again. Thanks for your service Karl!

Tony -- New York NY USA -- 09/04/2012
Email -- http://www.kontraktor.us


4389. Driving in from Indiana and would like to know if Recon 1/35 has any activities planned. If not, let's plan some!

Mike Kellermeyer -- Fort Wayne IN USA -- 09/03/2012
Email


4388. ATTENTION REUNION ATTENDEES:IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS YET, MAKE THEM ASAP.INVERNESS HOTEL ROOM BLOCK WILL LAST UNTIL SEPT. 5THHOMEWOOD SUITES ROOM BLOCK WILL LAST UNTIL SEPT. 7TH GET'EM MADE!

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 09/01/2012
Email


4387. ....Doc Jay...Thank you for the referral...ie Little Jonn..I was lost in Hawaii ..I did call him..We will be meeting again in Denver...Im a lawyer now and I was there for deposition...your referral saved me from boredom..once again thank you...hope to see you in Denver...Dallas Cowboy fan since Ice Bowl ...and yes Green Bay Packer guard Jerry Kramer was off side on that final touchdown...

Larry Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 08/30/2012
Email


4386. Attention reunion attendees,next Wednesday September fifth we lose the rest of our room block if you haven't made your reservation make them asap.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/29/2012
Email


4385. Leaving Sacramento Tuesday 25th Sept. on Amtrak for the reunion. John Morgan will join us in Colfax. Anyone along the route buy a ticket and join us. Will return Sunday the 30th. Cacti Ron

Ronald D Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 08/29/2012
Email -- http://cactiron.com


4384. A Co 1st - 35th *** LUNCHEON ***- - - Friday~~ September 28th~~ 1:30 pm - - - ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY 9627 E. County Line Rd http://www.rockbottom.com/south-denver-park-meadows-mallhttp://www.rockbottom.com/sites/default/files/RBAmenu0712xlo_1.pdf The hotel DOES NOT have a shuttle--so we can car pool if necessary. It's not far from the hotel. Directions and sign up sheet will be in the Hospitality Room.See you soon!!

Jim Holleran -- Red Bluff CA USA -- 08/28/2012
Email


4383. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming Ronald Firkus, E 2/35 (1969-70) and wife, Linda as our newest Life Member! They call Stevens Point WI home, and Ronald would be anxious to hear from former battlemates at lfirkus@att.net. Welcome into our family, Ronald & Linda. Ron, your service is much appreciated, and all Cacti join in welcoming you home!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 08/27/2012
Email


4382. Will be arriving on Amtrak from Sacramento wed. Evening 26 sept. and checking into the Hilton for the reunion. looking forward to the trip even though I can't ride my bike this year.

Ronald D Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 08/26/2012
Email -- http://www.cactiron.com


4381. Denny Burk, Bravo Co 2/35th 1969 & 70 is coming to the reunion solo. He would like to find someone to split room costs with. If anyone out there would be interested in splitting room costs with Denny please contact me and I will put you in touch with Denny. Thanks - Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 08/26/2012
Email


4380. My name is Johnny Unpingco, nicknamed "Little John". Bravo Company, 2/35th 1968-1969. I was with 1/35th Charlie Company at Scholfield, 1970-1974. I will be attending the reunion in Denver, CO. Feel free to contact me at : 808-590-0771, or email me.

JOHNNY UNPINGCO -- HONOLULU HI USA -- 08/26/2012
Email


4379. THIRTY DAY NOTICE!! Bravo 2/35th Twelfth Annual Luncheon. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Denver Sept 27 – 30, 2012, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 28th, we will be at the Grand Lux Cafe, 8525 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124. Meal: Seven choices! Order when you get there. Soup, green salad, sandwich. Baked rustic pizza and green salad. Lunch Salads: Caesar, Asian Chicken, Southwestern. Beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, fries. Pasta Pomodoro, Fresca, or Telephono and a green salad. Enchiladas filled with spicy chicken, black beans and rice. Scrambled Egg sandwich, bacon, ham, tomato, cheese on grilled Brioche bread with fries. Includes: coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. Reservations have to be received before Sept 24th.. TOTAL OF 38 SO FAR!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport Fl USA -- 08/24/2012
Email


4378. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming our newest Life Member, Brant McGee, who hails from Anchorage AK. Brant formerly served with A 2/35, 1969-70, and is anxious to hear from those he served with at, mcgee.brant@gmail.com. He joined this fine organization in June, 2011. Thanks for your service, Brant, and WELCOME HOME!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 08/18/2012
Email


4377. ATTENTION REUNION GOLFERS: Please email me or call me 225-247-9321 for a golf outing Friday morning. I will also have a foursome on Wednesday and another on Thursday. Also contact me if you're interested in either of those.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/17/2012
Email


4376. ATTENTION REUNON ATTENDEES! As of today there are just 28 rooms left in our block if you intend through Sunday at the Inverness. I suggest you make your reservations ASAP. Call the hotel direct @ 303-397-6400.Once our room block is gone for Saturday night 9/29, you can still book your entire stay just down the street at the Homewood Suites @ 303-706-0102 Contact me if you have any problems.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 08/17/2012
Email


4375. The A company, 2/35th Infantry lunch will be held at the Garden Terrace Restaurant in the Inverness Hotel on Saturday, September 29, at 12:00noon.(Depending upon the ending time of the Cacti meeting) The hotel will have their daily lunch available, or we can order off their lunch menu. As in previous years, please bring friends and family. Let Pat Martin know if you will be able to attend. His phone number is (843)229-8347 or e-mail: SGTPAT50@aol.com

Rick Rosenau -- Whites Creek TN USA -- 08/16/2012
Email -- http://www.comcast.net


4374. The Recon 2/35th annual reunion luncheon will be held at Champps Americana Restaurant, located at 8325 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree CO. Friday September 28th at 1pm. I'll have a sign up sheet in the hospitality room at the hotel. See you There!Tiny

Wiley Dodd Sgt. At Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 08/15/2012
Email


4373. ...on your feet devil dogs...I'm ETA Schoefield Barracks in 3 days...pop smoke if there is a contact for a tour ..some one I may need to schedule an appt for a tour of the facilities (Schoefield Barracks ) .. . also if you need me to liason on any projects/endeavors on behalf of our proud and upstanding 35th Inf Reg Assoc...I can do...I'm out.

LARRY FRIAS JR -- El Paso TX USA -- 08/14/2012
Email


4372. Johnny F.Mcdonich are you out there. I was with 3rd platoon 1st Bn 35th Infantry Pleiku. I have a picture of you when we were resting a field. If you are going to the reunion in Denver I will see you there. Email and I will send you some pictures. Larry Woff 3rd platoon C Co. 1st Bn 35th Inf

Larry Woff -- Damascus OR USA -- 08/11/2012
Email


4371. Please join the Board of Directors in expressing our sincere heartfelt gratitude to Ms Clare Kallsen, spouse of Don Holke, who was lost November 9, 1967. "Bonny" has given generously to the Cacti Health & Welfare and Schlorship Funds. Don's service to this great nation continues to provide for others. Thank you Bonny!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 08/07/2012
Email


4370. Co. C, 35th Inf. Reg., 25th Divison

Thomas C. Smith -- North Port FL USA -- 08/04/2012
Email


4369. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion (Cacti Green) will hold their annual reunion dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Hacienda Colorado – Lone Tree, only two miles from the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center. This is the seventh 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 friends in a casual, comfortable and private setting. Hacienda Colorado®, a unique restaurant, has a style of cuisine unlike any other. In fact, they had to invent a new term for it — “Mountain Mex®.” They’ve taken traditional recipes and updated them with a distinct Rocky Mountain twist. When you come to Hacienda Colorado®, feel free to dress up or dress down. In any case, you'll enjoy the unique food and drink, including 120 tequilas, served with a friendly sophistication. Again this year, the restaurant has agreed to let us order from the menu and pay individually. Take a look at the menu on their web site at: http://haciendacolorado.com. 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. This can be done by email teej1010@gmail.com; phone 843-525-1098 or snail mail at 201 Pleasant Point Drive, Lady’s Island, SC 29907. Let’s make 2012 our biggest reunion yet; we're up to 32 at this point. Looking forward to seeing all Bravo Company members and guests on Friday, September 28 at 6PM!

TJ Blue -- Lady's Island SC USA -- 08/04/2012
Email


4368. ....IM POPING SMOKE HERE IN TEXAS ...GREAT WORK ON THE CACTI TIMES LORTS...OUT HERE IN THE BUSH WE NEED ALL THE INTEL WE CAN GET...IM OSCAR MIKE ..OUT.

Larry Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 08/02/2012
Email


4367. Greetings all, I’m attempting to piece together an event/memory that took place possibly May 1966. A First Lieutenant McInnis (sp,) who may have been XO for Captain Tony Bisantz, was asked to investigate the ambush of an ARVN convoy. My only memory of the event is arriving at the ambush sight and realizing that a large number of civilians had been massacred. Should any members of the original A Company, commanded by Captains Bisantz or Flielding have any information related to this, I would greatly appreciate your comments. I don’t believe we started from Brigade Hill near Pleiku. My vague memory is of a Battalion size operation that may have been based west or southwest of Pleiku

Larry Melton --  IL USA -- 08/02/2012
Email


4366. Steve, I agree with you about the Cacti Times. I just finished reading it. John Lorts does a great job editing it and is much appreciated by the troops. Lorts keep up the good work.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 08/02/2012
Email


4365. Gone but always rememberd the lost members of A 2/35 today

Greenfeather Roy -- Warsaw MO USA -- 07/31/2012
Email


4364. Attention Cacti email members: I just emailed 333 Summer, 2012 edition of the CACTI TIMES, in color, which is amoung the best our Editor, John Lorts has produced. Accept the Board of Directors gratitude, John for your fine work!Anyone reading this who hasn't received their copy, contact me fairly quickly, because if your server kicks them back to me undeliverable, your address gets eliminated. There are simply too many to re-due each time. Those of you on the snail mail list will hopefully get your black & white copy by convention time.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 07/31/2012
Email


4363. Bravo 2/35th Twelfth Annual Luncheon. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Denver Sept 27 – 30, 2012, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 28th, we will be at the Grand Lux Cafe, 8525 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124. Meal: Seven choices! Order when you get there. Soup, green salad, sandwich. Baked rustic pizza and green salad. Lunch Salads: Caesar, Asian Chicken, Southwestern. Beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, fries. Pasta Pomodoro, Fresca, or Telephono and a green salad. Enchiladas filled with spicy chicken, black beans and rice. Scrambled Egg sandwich, bacon, ham, tomato, cheese on grilled Brioche bread with fries. Includes: coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. All reservations have to be received before Sept 24th....... BRAVO 2/35.… "B" the Best!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 07/31/2012
Email -- http://59 days until we meet!


4362. My name is Cpl Paul Mullins I was 3 plt, A, 1/35th and would like to hear from Sgt Penny or Frank. Torres or anyone that remembers me. I was in 3rd squad 3rd Plt from Dec 66' Dec 67 May God bless all of you men, I love you all and I miss you. Red Mullins

Paul Mullins --  USA -- 07/18/2012
Email


4361. G'day. I returned today from 2 weeks of travels to VietNam. I traveled from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Siagon) with selected stops along the way. It was not a military tour proper, but rather an organised tour of the country. I did however take a side trip on my own to Buon (Ban) Me Thout. The old airport is intact, but not in use. The new airport, which serves domestic flights is adjacent to the old one. The new airport is approximately 6 years old. The runway appears to sit where the 7/17th Air Cav parked helicopters. The site is over grown with greenery and brush. Where once I recalled neat rows of trees of a rubber plantation beyond the encampment perimeter is now vegetation. Houses are now seen within close proximity to the old plantation areas. The road leading to/from the airport is double lane paving with a parkway between lanes. I think I saw the possible site of Camp Correyelle which I believe was on the 2 lane paving leading to Highway One. Boun (Ban) Me Thout is a city of 400,000. I recall, Bravo Company convoyed to Pleiku at the end of December of 1969 on Highway One. I recall a Catholic mission/school where the sound of a single gunshot was heard as we traveled on deuce and one-halfs. I could not identify the mission/school during my search. I had time allocated to travel to Pleiku and An Khe but decided that finding remnants of military locations might not be so easy on my own. I departed Buon Me Thout early evening from the airport. It was raining and dank; it reminded me of the encampment where we served, preparing for night duty. I could still sense our military being. I found my travels insightful, meaningful and worthwhile. Time will not dimmish the memory of our fallen mates and their sacrifices. John Linn B 2/35

John Linn -- Sydney NS Australia -- 07/16/2012
Email


4360. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming newest member, Bill Parker, formerly of D 1/35 1968-9. Bill and spouse, Joby reside in Forsyth, MT, and he is interested in hearing from former platoon mates at billparker@rangeweb.net. Welcome Bill to the greatest Army reunion assoc around and thanks for your service!CACTI FOREVER!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 07/13/2012
Email


4359. Today would have been my brother Spec 4 William "Doc" Douglas Wyants 65 birthday, but on Feb 9 1968 his life his dreams of being a doctor and having a family in a matter of moments that was taken away. I still grieve as that 15 year old girl for her brother. I miss hearing his voice. Spending time with him time hasn't taken that ache and loss away. His choice of weapon was wanting to heal and help others. That's the way he was and I am proud of my brother. He gave the ultimate gift himself. His one fear that he would be forgotten as if he never was so please. Those who served with him knew him please say a prayer for him. As for Me I will continue to grieve. For my big brother. For his kind heart missing his laugh his. Hugs until eternity exists no more. Happy birthday Doug my big brother my best friend.

Mary Wyant Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 07/13/2012
Email


4358. Hey, all you hero's from HQ & HQ 1/35 0f the big 25th Cacti Green, Vietnum, 1966 I would like to hear from you.

Stanley E Stewart -- Conroe TX USA -- 07/12/2012
Email


4357. Hi Folks, We recently received three articles concerning the 2/35th in the summer of 1967. These were written by a well-known military reporter and are of excellent content. They are in jpg format and must be typed into Word before they could be posted on our web site. We need a volunteer(s); no man, or lady, will be denied the joy of being an RA for the cause.... Dick A

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 07/10/2012
Email


4356. An open letter to member Bill Barber, HQ Co, 35th Inf, and other WW II Vets: Bill, I have received the address changes you requested, and sadly agree with your second point, "I do enjoy the Times, but unfortunately there is next to nothing in it about WW2 guys....!" John Lorts, Editor, and the other Officers of the Board of Directors activily solicit information, pictures, articles, etc from all of our members, be they WW II, Korea, RVN or iraq/Afghan. Many of us are active with WW II Vets and their programs. I am currently serving as Const Supt for the Town of Avon (IN), which is building a WW II Memorial that will feature a bronze statue in the likeness of BG, Chet Wright, who is a Hendricks Cnty resident, and Veteran of WW II & Korea. In Sept I will serve as a "Guardian" to a WW II Vet on an "Honor Flight," from Indianapolis to Wash, DC. The purpose of these flights is to provide a free trip to any and all WW II Vets who care to attend a one-day visit to the new WW II Memorial, there. We look to Vets like you, Bill to submit the stories of your experiences of that late horrific conflict, which may spur some other Vet who reads it, to tell his story. Feel free to submit your first to either me, or any other member of the Board of Directors.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 07/09/2012
Email


4355. Please join the Board of Directors in expressing deep appreciation to past President, Jim "Doc" Hall, who recently sent a very generous contribution, earmarked for the Associations, "Cacti Monument." Jim continues to serve our organization, seemingly tirelessly, and is one of those who without reimbursement spends much of his valuable time and money freely. A very snappy hand salute to you Doc. You do us proud!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 07/09/2012
Email


4354. I have recently added to our War Stories section a new one from Ben Crosby "Three days in May" It's a well documented history of the battle of Tan Phong in May 1967. Thank you Ben "Well Done!"

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 07/08/2012
Email


4353. Please join the Board of Directors in expressing deep appreciation to Life Member Michael Daniel, (A 1/35 67-8) of Dallas TX for his recent generous donation! The funds have been earmarked for our Scholarship Fund. (Remember, monies donated to the Assoc are tax deductible.) Thank you, Michael for continuing to serve, and for your service to this country. A very snappy hand salute from us all. CACTI FOREVER!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 07/04/2012
Email


4352. Bravo 2/35th Twelfth Annual Luncheon. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Denver Sept 27 – 30, 2012, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 28th, we will be at the Grand Lux Cafe, 8525 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124. Meal: Seven choices! Order when you get there. Soup, green salad, sandwich. Baked rustic pizza and green salad. Lunch Salads: Caesar, Asian Chicken, Southwestern. Beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, fries. Pasta Pomodoro, Fresca, or Telephono and a green salad. Enchiladas filled with spicy chicken, black beans and rice. Scrambled Egg sandwich, bacon, ham, tomato, cheese on grilled Brioche bread with fries. Includes: coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. All reservations have to be received before Sept 24th....... BRAVO 2/35.… Be the Best!

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 07/02/2012
Email -- http://Happy Fourth of July


4351. Leave No Man Behind: Former 1/35th Cacti member, Bill Bell (1965-66), spent four years compiling an eyewitness account of the Vietnam War from its earlier stages through the last day of the Republic, 30 April 1975. With both military and civil service from 1960 to 1993 with the 25th ID, 101st ABN, 6th SF Group, and numerous joint-service and intelligence units, Bell’s account is a startling new look at the postwar era and the issue of America's almost 1700 unreturned veterans listed as POW/MIA, an issue that has haunted America since the beginning of American involvement. Shrouded in controversy, a subject of great emotion amid charges of governmental conspiracy and Communist deceit, the possibility of American servicemen being held in secret captivity after the war's end has influenced U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia for several decades. Now, the former Chief of the U.S. Government's first official office in postwar Vietnam provides an insider's account of that effort. The challenges he faced in dealing with U.S. politicians, including Vietnam veterans, Senators John McCain and John Kerry, are an ardent reminder of the many similarities in the bloody wars fought by American troops in both Vietnam and Iraq-Afghanistan. In an illuminating and deeply personal memoir, the government's top missing persons investigator in Southeast Asia, who later became a member of the U.S. Congressional Staff, discusses the history of the search for missing Americans, reveals how the Communist Vietnamese stonewalled U.S. efforts to discover the truth, and how the standards for MIA case investigations were gradually lowered while pressure for expanded commercial and economic ties with communist Vietnam increased. Leave No Man Behind is the compelling story of a dedicated group of professionals who, against great odds, were able to uphold the proud military traditions of duty, honor and country. Veterans who were fortunate enough to come home can honor the sacrifice made by our unreturned brothers-in-arms by taking the time to read this revealing account of their fate. This includes the combat action involving soldiers of the Cacti, including PFC William Ellis Jr. (A 1/35th), who was last seen alive on 24 June 1966. PFC Ellis has never been accounted for. Signed copy available at billbell@pinncom.com for $19.95 or from http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0964766345/ref=dp_olp_collectible?ie=UTF8

Bill Bell --  USA -- 07/01/2012


4350. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Vaughn Brauer, as the newest Life Member! Vaughn and wife, Carole reside in the Boise ID area, and welcome contact from former battlemates of B & D 2/35 (1966-9) at cavabr@q.com. Welcome to the finest reunion assoc anywhere Vaughn, and thanks for your service! (p.s. Happy Birthday.)

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/29/2012
Email


4349. For anyone in the following areas. Replicas of the Vietnam Memorial (Traveling or Moving Walls) will be appearing in the near future at the following locations: 7/19 – 7/23 in Hogansburg, NY; 7/26 - 7/30 in Solon, OH; and 8/2 - 8/6 in Hermitage, PA. (SEE ALSO GUESTBOOK POST 4339 FOR OTHER WALL SITES THAT ARE CURRENTLY ONGOING) If you are in these areas we encourage you to visit these Walls. Also if you plan on attending and can do this for us we will provide you with a memorial card to leave at the Wall. These Memorial cards serve two purposes. First to honor our old friends who gave their all. Second to provide any old Cacti who happen to visit these Walls the opportunity to see that the 35th Infantry Regiment Association exists and provide a method to contact us. If you feel like you can do this for us please contact me at the e-mail below and I will send you a Memorial Card via mail. I will be posting other wall visits in the future so watch for one in your area - Thanks - Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/28/2012
Email


4347. I was a college freshman when my friend Mike Slyck went to Vietnam. We wrote off and on. I was frightened for him and everyone else "in country." I could only imagine what he was experiencing, as he wrote little about the war. Was he protecting me? I never knew. I am thankful for your website for I happened upon it one day, much to my surprise. For years I believed that my friend died in VN: thankfully, I was wrong. I just read the account of Easter Sunday 1970 which explained a great deal. Everyone suffered. To all of you -- thank you for your service and sacrifices.

Bonnie Romeo -- Montour Falls NY USA -- 06/23/2012
Email


4346. To my brothers in arms, Mike Kellermeyer, Ed Hill. Its been 46 years since that terrible day we spent in Hell, June 24,1966.I still think of all my brothers that didn,t survive that battle. God Bless you Mike & Ed.

Carlos Lopez -- San Antonio TX USA -- 06/23/2012
Email


4345. Please join the Board of Directors with deep appreciation to Philip Russ, formerly with C & HHC 1/35 (1969-70), who made a generous donation to the Assoc Scholarship Fund! Thank you Philip, and a very snappy hand salute. Welcome home, and again thank you for continuing to serve.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/22/2012
Email


4344. Hi Guys, I wanted to let everyone know that there is a permanent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Wildwood, NJ. So if you live in NJ, PA, NY or Del or are planning a vacation to that area stop by and see what Wildwood has done for our veterans. I will attach a link that tells the story. http://wildwoodswall.com/

Sonny Cortese -- Glenolden PA USA -- 06/21/2012


4343. Hi Guys..Hope you are all well. I was in 1st platoon A CO 1st 35th from June 68 till November 68 when Tex gave me a job driving a Major around which I didn't like much so I got a hold of Beal our old Company Comander, now with support, and he got me a job driving a truck. Worked the chopper pad at the Oasis, by the way I don't remember any palm trees around there. I happened to be ther on Mothers Day 69 when Charlie decided to commit suicide and attact. What a mess, Thanks to a tank unit they could not make it across the air strip. Miss you guys...Vic

Vic -- Green Valley CA USA -- 06/20/2012
Email


4342. Please join the Board of Directors in congratulating our own, Garnett "Bill" Bell of Lavaca, AR, upon publication of his and co-author, George Veith's book, "Leave No Man Behind." Bell, formally of A & HHC, 1/35 1965-6 & Veith's 454 pg work is, "...the compelling story of one man's quest, at great individual cost, to find the truth about America's missing in action from the Vietnam war." (He included a copy to the Secretary with current dues inside!) Interested persons can order directly from him at, 4209 Boys Ranch Rd; Lsvaca AR 72941 for $19.95.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 06/20/2012
Email


4341. I am the curator of the Military History Museum in Broken Arrow, OK. We have been donated a box of photos from WWII. These were taken by Norman L. Shearer of Co. F 35th Infantry. The photos were found in a recently purchased house's attic so we have no info. There are photos of the surrender of General Yamashita, Headquarters, town and various things in Yamaguchi, Japan. Many combat and after combat photos. We also have a photo of Eisenhower visiting troops in Japan. Our founder a WWII vet says not possible Ike was not in Pacific.ANY INFO ABOUT SCHEARER OR HOW HE COULD HAVE TAKEN THESE PHOTOS APPRECIATED. WILL SHARE SOME OF HTE PHOTOS> NOT FOR PUBLICATION

Stacy Reaves -- Tulsa OK USA -- 06/20/2012
Email


4340. Alvino Cortez, Commander of C Company passed away March 4, 2012. I was in C Company. A great leader. He projected a calmness and confidence which I will never forget. You can go to WWWndanielsfuneral.com and enter his name. He had incredible life. Started in the military when he was 17 and retired when he was 73. 22 years in the infantry. I will never forget this man. Larry Woff C Co. 1Bn 35th Inf

Lawrence Woff -- Damascus OR USA -- 06/18/2012
Email


4339. For anyone in the following areas. Replicas of the Vietnam Memorial (Traveling or Moving Walls) will be appearing in the near future at the following locations: 6/28 – 7/2 Middle Village, NY; 6/29 – 7/5 Eagle River, WI; 7/5 – 7/9 Fairhaven, MA; 7/10 – 7/22 Owego, NY; 7/11 – 7/15 El Campo, TX; 7/12 – 7/16 Springfield, VT. If you are in these areas we encourage you to visit these Walls. Also if you plan on attending and can do this for us we will provide you with a memorial card to leave at the Wall. These Memorial cards serve two purposes. First to honor our old friends who gave their all. Second to provide any old Cacti who happen to visit these Walls the opportunity to see that the 35th Infantry Regiment Association exists and provide a method to contact us. If you feel like you can do this for us please contact me at the e-mail below and I will send you a Memorial Card via mail. (The Marcus Hook Wall visit is covered but you are still encouraged to visit if you have the opportunity.) I will be posting other wall visits in the future so watch for one in your area - Thanks - Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/16/2012
Email


4338. Please join the Board of Directors in mourning the announcement of the passing of Leroy Brooks of Madera, CA. Brooks a member from the Korean War, during which he was wounded twice, had attended the Reno NV & San Antonio, TX reunions. His passing is announced by former battlemate, Francis Dahl, who served alongside Brooks in Co I, 3/35th. Our sympathy to his family and many friends. GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN! CACTI, FOREVER!

Steve Rainbolt -- Avon IN USA -- 06/08/2012
Email


4337. Anyone in A co. 1/35th May 66-Feb 67? Looking for anyone who served with/knew Floyd "Gwen" Savell. A, 1/35th was part of Operation Pershing and were operating in the Bong Song mountains, just west of Highway One, and about 10 kilometers north of Phu My City.The area was also known as the 506 Valley. The VC had a four-man machine gun team on top of ridge line A, 1/35th was climbing and Floyd was shot in that ensuing contact, he was the only one killed though I have heard there were also some wounded. The VC team was later killed. I'm his niece and am looking for all the information I can get. Thank you for all that you do. You are all heroes.

Kate Savell Jones -- McChord AFB WA USA -- 06/07/2012
Email


4336. Leroy Brooks, a member of 'I' Company 35th inf reg, Korea 51, 52. Wounded twice in action and a member of my platton, passed away June 3rd 2012. Brooks was member of the 35th association may he rest in peace.

F.E.Dahl -- Sidney MT USA -- 06/07/2012
Email


4335. For anyone in the following areas. Replicas of the Vietnam Memorial (Traveling or Moving Walls) will be appearing in the near future at the following locations: 6/14 - 6/18 in Indian Trail, NC; 6/15 - 6/21 in Ninilchik, AK; 6/14 - 6/17 in Washington, IA; 6/21 - 6/24 in Corinth, MS; 6/21 - 6/25 in Marcus Hook, PA : 6/27 - 7/1 in North Kansas City, MO. If you are in these areas we encourage you to visit these Walls. Also if you plan on attending and can do this for us we will provide you with a memorial card to leave at the Wall. These Memorial cards serve two purposes. First to honor our old friends who gave their all. Second to provide any old Cacti who happen to vist these Walls the opportunity to see that the 35th Infantry Regiment Association exists and provide a method to contact us. If you feel like you can do this for us please contact me at the e-mail below and I will send you a Memorial Card via mail. (The Marcus Hook Wall visit is covered but you are still encouraged to visit if you have the opportunity.) I will be posting other wall visits in the future so watch for one in your area - Thanks - Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/06/2012
Email


4334. I am looking for anyone with information about PFC Clarence J. Wanous of Owatanna, MN. He was killed at or near the Balete Pass(Dalton Pass)near Luzon Phillipines May 19,1945. He belonged to 35th Infantry Regiment that was pushing up Hwy 5 during May 1945. As far as we know he was either KIA or died of his wounds on May 19th,1945. If anyone reading this remembers him and knows what happened to him, please email me at blake_foster47@yahoo.com. His surviving 84 year old sister has never known what happened to her brother. I would like to answer that question for her and bring some closure. Thanks for your service and thanks for any information you may provide.Sincerely, Blake Foster

Blake Foster -- Fridley MN USA -- 06/06/2012
Email


4333. I am looking for anyone who may have know my husband, Myron (Mike) Morey. He was recon Sgt between 1968/1969. He spoke of his Sgt a lot (Flores, Frietez or Fuetes?) and his Capt Towers. Any memories would be appreciated. He passed away almost 2 years ago, and didn't record his stories. My children never even heard his stories because he never really spoke about his time in Vietnam until later in his life. Any help would be appreciated. Mike's home was in Colorado.email: katmik@gmail.com

Kathy Morey -- Kasilof AR USA -- 06/06/2012
Email


4332. My name is Kate (Savell) Jones. I am seeking more information about my great uncle, SP4 Floyd Gwen Savell's service. He was an M60 ammo bearer to David Braswell of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment. He was KIA February 14, 1967 in Binh Dinh Province. My great grandmother was given "mixed" information of his passing (the fact that she had a devastating stoke not too long before he was sent over there could have mixed the information even worse). My great aunt and my mom was closest to him. They wrote back and forth, he carried around a picture of my great aunt and mom, and when they sent his belonging back some of the letters and both pictures were still on him. I have been trying to find more information about Floyd "Gwen" Savell for quite some time now. Primarily for my great aunt (who is poor health) so she may know more before she passes. Also, for his son, Stacey James, who does not know of anything about his dad (was 4 when Gwen was sent to war and killed). And for my mom, who still has his box of belongings. I guess what I'm trying to say is, if there is anyone that knew him and would be willing to share their story, I'd greatly appreciate it. They are more than welcome to email me or write me. My husband is active duty Air Force (10 yrs so far, but will be a lifer) and we are stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB) in Washington. Any information and/or history of my uncle would be awesome! Thank you for serving, and for gathering information for those who have "loose ends" when it comes to family KIA or who served. What you guys did, and do, is amazing and I will be forever thankful.

Kate Jones -- McChord AFB WA USA -- 06/06/2012
Email


4331. I'm looking for anyone in Recon, 1/35, who fought in the battle of June 24, 1966. I was attached as 4.2 inch mortar F.O. I would like to contact the medic especially. Please email if you were there.

Mike Kellermeyer -- Fort Wayne IN USA -- 06/06/2012
Email


4330. Bravo 2/35th Twelfth Annual Luncheon. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Denver Sept 27 – 30, 2012, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 28th, we will be at the Grand Lux Cafe, 8525 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124. Meal: Seven choices! Order when you get there. Soup, green salad, sandwich. Baked rustic pizza and green salad. Lunch Salads: Caesar, Asian Chicken, Southwestern. Beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, fries. Pasta Pomodoro, Fresca, or Telephono and a green salad. Enchiladas filled with spicy chicken, black beans and rice. Scrambled Egg sandwich, bacon, ham, tomato, cheese on grilled Brioche bread with fries. Includes: coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. All reservations have to be received before Sept 24th....... BRAVO 2/35.… Be the Best!

Peter J Biirrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 06/05/2012
Email -- http://B 2/35 68-69


4329. I was going to leave a tribute to my brother Spec4 William. Doc Wyant but didn't know how I was so proud to hear how well my brother was. I thought of by those in his regiment. He was only 20 but he tried to do the best he could in everything he did. As a brother I adored and looked up to him handheld was always always there for me. When he was in training he would tell us funny stories about having to give each other a bath PR the medical terms. Doug was so fascinated by this and said he wanted to continue his medical education. When he came home to be a doctor. He wanted to help others. He was always afraid he would be forgotten. I never have never will The love and the loss of my brother feels as strong and the grief as deep as when I was 15 July 12 will be his birthday. In my heart I can share it with him but oh what wishes I would give to have him sitting beside me alive and had shared our lives. Our children growing up together. The memories that were never made. But only in my dreams can I do this but if only dreams could come true. So many if onlys for me and so many of you. Thank you all at the 35 for being there by this side Your last memories are all I have now. Maybe one day when you are ready you can share them and any photos. That will mean so much to me. God be with all of you. MARY

Mary E Wyant Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 06/04/2012
Email


4328. Sadly, Jim Leatherberry's (B Co. 2/35) wife, Marie, passed away this afternoon, June 4, after a long struggle with MS and 45 years of marriage. Marie was a sweet, gentle lady. Funeral arrangements are being finalized by Joseph Rossi Funeral Home at Niles, OH.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/04/2012
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4327. Looking through the photos under "Misc", I see a photo of John Towers. Is this Cpt. John Towers who was company comander of B co. 1/35th latter part of '68? It looks like him. I was his batalion RTO before returning home in December. He was a great guy and leader. It was a pleasure to work with him. The caption says deceased. Was he KIA?

Larry Edmister -- Niagara Falls NY USA -- 06/04/2012
Email


4326. I am looking for James L. Mitchell, Medic, 1966, HHC 1/35 Inf. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Harold F. Stewart -- Kempner TX USA -- 06/04/2012
Email


4325. I haven't been on here for awhile. Can send emails. Can't get on facebook Mary e fast. May God be watching over our soldiers. Abroad' and at war those at home. You all have or still are giving this country your greatest Gift, Yourself. There are not enough words to express what you have given. May the angels of God be with you always. You were family to my brother you are the same to me.

Mary E Wyant Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 06/03/2012
Email


4324. It is hard to believe that June 3rd. is once again upon us. I know that it is not the 3rd yet but as we all know, certain dates are never out of our thoughts. I would like to salute all members of "C" 1/35th that were in the hills around Ben Het on June 3rd-4th 1968. Just to name a few: Jim McDevitt, Phil Surace, Phil Stenke, Craig McGowan, Joe Skillings, Bob Maltby, Don "Doc" Davis, Jim Cooke, ?LaCosta, and Gypsy. I know I am leaving many great men out but not intentionally. I thank all of these brave fighting men for helping me come home. I also am asking for a salute and moment of silence to honor 3 fallen brothers from that day. Lt. Steven Gilmer, Sgt. Harry Butler, Spec. Delbert Brockmeyer. SALUTE. Cacti Forever- "DOC" Olea

Forrest Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 06/02/2012
Email


4323. Any of you troops recall a Captain Carter in either 35th Bn, early-mid 1968? Thanks, Dick

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 06/01/2012
Email


4322. In honor and memory of 5 Brothers and Great Soldiers of B Company, 1/35, 1st Plt.: Lt. Randall Eisenhour(Ike), Sp4 Ronald Johnson(John John), Sp4 Charles Molano(Chuchi), PFC Michael Anderson(Baby Son), and Lt. Spencer Powers(Lurch), may God Bless all of you. I think of all 5 of you every day and I want to say "I Love You"---Hogie

Michael Hogan -- Frisco TX USA -- 05/29/2012
Email


4321. I write to remember 2LT Joel Matusek who died in VietNam November 1967. He and I were BOQ mates at Ft Polk Louisiana and had the best of time playing practical jokes on friends and one another...trip wires with training exposives, soda cans stacked in doorways to implode when the door was opened....sophomoric but great fun. I went home to be married and Joel went to RVN. I got there too in early 68 not knowing he already lost his life. I wanted him to meet my wife, too. I completed a career in the Army and visited his place on the Wall numerous times while assigned in Wash DC. I miss him as I would a lifelong friend.

Jim Temo -- Durham NC USA -- 05/29/2012
Email


4320. In memory of my big borther Robert Lynn Shook kia Aug 2/69 - lives in my heart for ever- will be glad to see him again someday.

Freddie Shook -- Adel GA USA -- 05/29/2012
Email


4319. I have been in contact with a brother of Kenneth Worman who was KIA while with Bravo Co 1/35th on May 22, 1967. The brother, Dennis Worman, also served in Vietnam with the Marines. He would like to hear with anyone who served with his brother. If you remember Ken Worman and are willing to contact the brother please contact me at my e-mail below and I will put you in touch. -- Thanks, Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/28/2012
Email


4318. I lost my Uncle SSgt Roger Holbrook before I even got a chance to meet him. I was 6 months old when he was laid to rest. After serving 21 years in the Marines, I feel he watched over me in Iraq, cause our family could not bury another. Uncle, as I go see you today, please keep me strong. You are the world to our family and they love you so very much to this day.....Charles

Charles L Hessler -- Lancaster OH USA -- 05/28/2012
Email


4317. In Remembrance; ON THIS DATE MAY 28,2012, I TAKE TIME TO HONOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO DEFEND OUR NATION. IT HAS BEEN 46 YEARS SINCE WE LANDED IN LZ 10 ALFA. I HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR THE BRAVE SOLIDERS AND FRIENDS OF B 2-35TH THAT WAS KIA ON MAY 28-29,1966 IN LZ 10 ALFA. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY AND HOW YOUNG MEN FOUGHT BRAVERLY. I REMEMBER LT.MICHAEL GLYNNE, LEORY ROBINSON,(FRIEND), DONALD EVANS, RICARDO MORENO, ARAMIS PEREZ THIS SOLIDERS WERE IN MY PLATOON AND OTHERS. THESE SOLIDERS DIED IN WAR THAT WE MIGHT BE FREE. I ALWAYS KEEP THEIT FAMILIES IN PRAYER ALONG WITH OUR CACTI BATTALION FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN. I WANT TO REFLECT ON A GREAT COMMANDER CAPT. JAMES MCQUILLEN WHO BECAME OUR COMPANY COMMANDER AFTER LZ 10 ALFA. HE WAS DEDICATED AND FOCUSED ON HIS COMPANY AND MISSION. MAY GOD BLESS ALL. AND I HOPE TO SEE ALL IN DENVER IN SEPTEMBER.

James H. Fortune Jr -- Houston TX USA -- 05/28/2012
Email


4316. In memory of Sp4 Andrew Castelda - KIA 3/12/67 and all those who were lost on that terrible day. Please know you are never forgotten.

A Friend --  USA -- 05/28/2012


4315. To Paul Watson: I was the XO of B 2/35th in 1966 and was involved in closing our base camp and moving to Camp Enari. I also do not recall that the base camp had any particular name.

Vaughn Brauer -- Boise ID USA -- 05/27/2012
Email


4314. Memorial Day tomorrow May we bow our head in prayer for ourfallen comrades.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 05/27/2012
Email


4313. n Memory of George Edden. Our fallen hero who died April 5, 1968 down from the top of Mile High.  A company had been ambushed by the North Vietnamese and George volunteered to go down and help them out - he never returned.  The rest of Delta Co was called to go and help - but it was over by the time we made it down the steep mountain side.  Medics had already done as much as they could and it was now our duty to carry the wounded back up the mountain to a make shift LZ for transport to the hospital. Slim (Emory Stapleton) and I found George and quickly made a sling out of small trees and a poncho to carry him up to the LZ.  George was only 19 at the time and was all muscle and was probably close to lbs.  George's head was at the top end of the sling so Slim and I had to switch ends often because the lower side was heaver plus we had our own full backpack and rifle.  It was a tough climb but we really didn't think about it - all we wanted was to get him on a chopper.  I was on the down hill side looking at George's face - we were probably within 100 yards of the LZ when he took his last breath - That moment in time and image will always be with me.  Should be at church but knew I would be a mess, stayed home and wrote this in Memory of a Great Young American who gave his all - not just for his country but for volunteering to go help others out - a Man's Man! George you will always be missed - quick wit and genuine smile - but most of all 'A Friend'

Phillip Buice -- Tucker GA USA -- 05/27/2012
Email -- http://bellsouthpwp.net/p/h/philb007/


4312. To Paul Watson. I was the opn sgt for 2/35 in 1965 (Hawaii) and in 1966 (Vietnam). To my knowledge there was never a name for our base camp. When the 4th ID arrived in Aug 1966, they named their base camp "Ernari". Being in the "field" most of the time, maybe someone had a name for it. Out sitreps never referred to a name.

Don Duncan -- Lakewood WA USA -- 05/26/2012


4311. C/2/35th 65 thru 66 What was the name of our base camp? Paul Watson

Paul D. Watson -- Twin Lake MI USA -- 05/24/2012
Email


4310. 45 Years ago Robert L Murphy A/1/35 paid the Ultimate Sacrifice.. I can still hear him telling us that he was from " Noy Joysy" ( New Jersey ). Gone but never forgotten.

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/22/2012
Email


4309. I'm looking for information on Sp4 Michael Patrick Anderson of Bravo co., KIA 9/10 Feb. 68. Any of you guys know him? He was from my neighborhood, and I was just a little kid when he died. Trying to put together a tribute. Thanks

Tom --  USA -- 05/20/2012
Email


4308. On a recent trip back to Viet Nam I had the pleasure of meeting Truong Van Phong. Phong was with the 35th Inf, either 1st or 2nd Bn and participated with TF Oregon. He was an S2/G2 Interpreter. He is currently living in Saigon. He survived the war, several attempts to 're-educate' him. He is a tour guide and can arrange the tours and transportation in country. If anyone is returning I would recommend him. He can be contacted via his daughter at thuynguyen1871@yahoo.com. If anyone recalls him I know he would enjoy hearing from you. His phone is (84-8) 54361584.

Ken Lord -- Williamsport TN USA -- 05/20/2012
Email -- http://www.lordandassociates.net


4307. On this,45 years ago (20MAY67), my oldest brother Joseph Ledesma Jr., C-2/35, was killed in the Battle of Vinh Hien. Also killed were Gary Killian, and Roland Rush. It's hard to believe it's been so long since we lost Joey. He will forever remain in our hearts. We miss him very much.

David Ledesma -- San José CA USA -- 05/20/2012
Email


4306. 45 years ago today My dad was killed at Doc Pho. I have since met many Cacti that have helped me with my loss. I never realized how deeply I was affected until I finally was able to have closure by meeting and talking to all of you wonderful Cacti members. You have helped heal a wound that was deep in my heart and you dont know how grateful I am. I am very proud that my father was able to serve with such a great group of patriots. You make all us family members feel just like that FAMILY. Thank you from the bottom of my heart , Mike Johnsonson of Everette E Johnson Jr.

Mike Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/19/2012
Email


4305. I WAS OVER IN 1969 TO 1970 C COM 1/35 I WOOD LIKE TO KNOW HOW I CAN FINE OUT THE NAMES OF MY OLD FRIENDS

Richard Eicke -- PERTH AMBOY NJ USA -- 05/19/2012
Email


4304. On May 19, 1967 PFC Walter T Geiger, LT Everette Johnson Jr and PFC Kenyon E Bean paid the Ultimate Sacrifice..What started out as as a bright day ended a very dark one..45 years have passed and it doesn't get any easier..LT Johnson was the new guy and was eager to survey a bad situation, PFC Geiger and PFC Bean had been two of my Combat Buddies and we had only been together for less than 60 days when God took them all away..In the past I have been able to make contact with LT Johnson's son Mike and more recently have made contact with PFC Geiger's nephew Brian Carter who like Mike was so grateful to hear the Whole and True Story..I thank God that I have lived long enough to find these people before the details begin to fade..Our Country is a better place because of theirs and so many others sacrifice. Gone but never forgotten..

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/19/2012
Email


4303. I am the niece of Sgt William B Shelton Baker company he was captured Nov 27,1950. He died on or about Mar 31, 1951 in camp 5 any survivor of camp 5 are welcome to use the listed e-mail address. thank you

Kriste Ann Elrod -- Michigan City IN USA -- 05/19/2012
Email


4302. My dad, Gerald E. Schuldt was a memeber of the 35th. I have alot of pics of his time in the army air force. Would anyone like some? I can scan them to you.

Robin (Schuldt) Field -- New Port Richey FL USA -- 05/18/2012
Email


4301. Just found this incredible poem online. Lots to think about for all of us. The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak The young dead soldiers do not speak.Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at nightand when the clock counts. They say: We were young. We have died.Remember us. They say: We have done what we couldbut until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finishedno one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were forpeace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,it is you who must say this. We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.We were young, they say. We have died; remember us. ~ written by Archibald MacLeish

Betsy Savery -- Lincoln CA USA -- 05/16/2012
Email


4300. A few weeks back the Denver Broncos released their 2012 schedule with them playing the Oakland Raiders at home on Sept. 30. At that point the Inverness Hotel froze our block at 160 rooms for 9/29 due to their contract with the NFL. We normally would be somewhere around 200 rooms for that night (Saturday). I have signed another contract with the Homewood Suites, which is .2 miles down the street from the Inverness for the same rate. They do have a shuttle also, so transportation back in forth should be no problem. Since this only impacts the room availability on 9/29 we could have only blocked 40 rooms just for that night, but because I felt that people may not want to move "down the street" for just one night I set up the contract so if someone would rather spend their entire stay there it would be possible. You will see the link to the hotel and explanation on the webpage. I would get my reserveations to the Inverness as soon as possible. There shouldn't be a panic at this time as our pick up at the hotel is for Sat night is only at 80 right now.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 05/16/2012
Email


4299. I am trying to locate William Nickolson who served with my brother James in Vietnam in 1968. Any help Greatly appreciated.

Larry Quirk -- Hamburg NY USA -- 05/16/2012
Email


4298. For anyone located in these areas: Replicas of the Vietnam Memorial (Traveling and Moving Walls) will be appearing in the near future in the following locations: Jackson, MS on May 17 - May 21; French Lick, IN from May 17 - May 21; Hot Springs, AR from May 24 - May 29; and Haines, AK from May 24 - May 29. If you are in these areas we encourage you to visit these "Walls". Also if you plan on attending and can do this for us we would like to provide you with a Memorial Card to leave at these Walls. These Memorial Cards will perhaps provide a aold Cacti visiting the Walls the opportunity to see that the 35th Infantry Regiment exists. If you can do this please contact me at the address below and I will send you a Memorial Card to leave. I will be posting other Wall visits in the future and if you are aware of an upcoming Wall visit please contact me and I will be glad to send you a memorial card. I'll just need enough time to send the card in regular mail. -- Thanks, Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/13/2012
Email


4297. This is our third year living in Ireland. Our house is in the northwest about 90 miles north of Galway. We have plenty of room, so all Cacti sweeping through Europe are invited to stop in.

Jim and Carole Cooke -- Tobercurry Ireland -- 05/07/2012
Email


4296. Bravo 2/35th Twelfth Annual Luncheon. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Denver Sept 27 – 30, 2012, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. Friday the 28th, we will be at the Grand Lux Cafe, 8525 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124. Meal: Seven choices! Order when you get there. Soup, green salad, sandwich. Baked rustic pizza and green salad. Lunch Salads: Caesar, Asian Chicken, Southwestern. Beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, fries. Pasta Pomodoro, Fresca, or Telephono and a green salad. Enchiladas filled with spicy chicken, black beans and rice. Scrambled Egg sandwich, bacon, ham, tomato, cheese on grilled Brioche bread with fries. Includes: coffee, tea, soda, and table bread. Full bar available. Price: $18.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow 6060 Shore Drive So #103 Gulfport FL 33707. All reservations have to be received before Sept 24th....... BRAVO 2/35.…WHY BE ANYONE ELSE?

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL 33707 -- 05/07/2012
Email -- http://B 2/35 68-69


4295. Dick I read your message regarding Winnifred Lassiter,I placed the same message on the Korean War Remberance website. Hopefully we get some results.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 05/02/2012
Email


4294. We have been in touch with the family of Korean 35th KIA Winifred I Lassiter, 06/29/1952. Winifred was an African-American from North Carolina. We do not know his Company. The family wishes to communicate with anyone who knew Winifred. Thanks guys.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 05/01/2012
Email


4293. I was not with the 35th Infantry Regiment. I was with HHC/1st Battalion/28th Infantry Regiment/1st Infantry Division in VN from 02/1968 to 07/1968 out of Quan Loi, then assigned to the 1st Medical Battalion/1st Infantry Division in Di An. I do voluntary profile work for the VN Fallen Army at Army Together We Served, and just finished the profile for SP4 Amalio Pagan-Pagan, 91B20 with HHC/1st Battalion/35th Infantry Regiment/3rd Brigade/25th Infantry Division. He was killed by friendly-fire on March 27, 1967. His ATWS Fallen Profile is at http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/63260.

Gary McJimsey -- Fresno CA USA -- 04/30/2012
Email -- http://army.togetherweserved.com/rsbv/Gary.McJimsey


4292. Join the Board of Directors in congratulating member, Gary Bartlett into electronic Life Membership. Gary, who first joined in '06 and wife LaVera call Dighton, Kansas home, would be pleased to renew friendship with former members of the 1967-8 class from B&D Co's, 2/35. Either by email: glbart@st-tel.net or phone: (620) 397-2445. Thanks Gary, for your service and welcome home!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 04/29/2012
Email


4291. Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing Schofield Barracks for the first. I was escorted by Lt. Rasmussen, who picked me up at our hotel, and took me on a tour of the base. Iwas introduced to the Gun Dogs, aka D co, 2/35th. My main goal in seeing the base was two fold: first to see our home base that we never saw while serving in Viet Nam and second was to Welcome our Brothers from there just completed tour in Afghanistan. Too my surprise I ended up being the one thanked for what we had done with our time in Viet Nam. The outreach extended to me from everyone at the 2/35 was awesome. A special thank you too one and all of the Gun Dogs and of e men and women of the Cacti Blue. My wife will be attending the welcome formal for the 2/35th tomorrow evening John Morgan HHC/D 2/357/67-9/68

John Morgan -- Weimar CA USA -- 04/27/2012
Email


4290. My father Alfred Garcia was stationed at Schofield Barracks. I'm not sure exactly when but I have a year book of sorts that I have found him in it. I also have a few photo albums of pictures of him and friends on the base. He was in Company F and the yearbook is dated 1955-1956. I am making the trip to Schofield from May 4 to the 8th and I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to get on the base and locate some of the places these pictures were taken. I want to also go to the museum and see if I can find any information on his time there. Also, does anyone have any sugestions on other things I should do while there. Thank you Tony

Anthony Garcia -- Folsom CA USA -- 04/25/2012
Email


4289. I just finished reading Curtis Gay's book, On More Sunrise. He put a entry in War Stories, I read it, I ordered the book. It was a great read, I really enjoyed it.He hit on so many thinks that where so common I'm sure to all of us. There where sad parts, parts that made me smile as I remembered them so well and parts that made me laugh. Best of all was the friendships I made then and still have to this day.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 04/24/2012
Email


4288. This month 45 years ago I came home from Vietnam. The 2nd happiest day in my life. The birth of my daughter was first and just turned 39. My heart was soaring but thinking of all who were still there. Back in the States got a ticket to go home to Portland, OR. Arrived in Portland then a taxi cab ride 25 miles to home to surprise my parents. It was about 2:00 am. My Dad answered the door. Will never forget the look on his face and my Moms. As you know the feelings of Vietnam are always with you. To all the people affected by Vietnam directly or in-directly. I love you all and to all who did not come home.

Larry Woff -- Damascus OR USA -- 04/21/2012
Email


4287. My uncle John J Vessing served in Service Co. 35th Infantry 1930. His serv # 6646224 DOD Aug 1949I have been trying to locate any military records of his service but I'm told they were destroyed by fire in St Louis, Mo. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ann McMillian Howard -- Palmetto FL USA -- 04/19/2012
Email


4286. We recently learned of the passing of Shocley Mayle's wife Juanita. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

The men of C-2/35 67-68 --  USA -- 04/19/2012
Email


4285. Werner Grieb, HHC 1/35, 1965-7 is the latest to join the Association's growing Life Membership list. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming him, and wife, Madeline who call Louisville, KY home. He would like to hear from anyone from his old unit. (wmrg@bellsouth.net or (502) 245-7412) Thanks, Werner, and welcome home.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 04/17/2012
Email


4284. REUNION LUNCHEON *** A COMPANY 1st/35th LUNCHEON*** Friday September 28th 1:30 pm Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery 9627 E County Line Rd Englewood CO SHUTTLE AVAILABLE FROM HOTEL--Menu Available Online Contact us to sign up or for more info--see you then!

JIm and Kathy Holleran -- Red Bluff CA USA -- 04/16/2012
Email


4283. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming our latest Life Member:  Lee Nichols served B Co 1/35, RVN in 1966, and askes any in that unit then contact him lee_nichols@verison.net or (607) 562-3090.  Lee and wife Monica hail from Big Flats NY.  Lee first became a member in 2007.  Thanks for your service, Lee, and welcome home!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 04/15/2012
Email


4282. Regarding Post #4273: I was blessed to be among those A-2-35 veterans enjoying some warmth in North Myrtle Beach, SC the end of March. Ian Mccormick is an astute young Cacti veteran--- from 50 feet he identified Roger Stevens' Purple Heart cap, offering his enthusiastic appreciation. Approaching closer, Ian inquired what unique battalion crest was that on Roger's shirt? CACTI...35th Infantryroared back Roger! Ian laughed, put out his hand to us, beaming broadly, and abruptly hollered "TAKE ARMS!" So here are two generations of Cacti combat veterans celebrating "life back in the world!" Ian last served in the 2/35 Delta "Gundogs" as a M-35 gunner; my guess is he brought a lot of smoke on behalf of the war on terror!Welcome home Ian, from your Cacti brothers!!!! Thank you, to all who got me to North Myrtle Beach; and all my new and renewed friends. from Rick Strawn 68-69 with Roger Stevens 69-70 A/2/35

Rick Strawn -- Salem OR USA -- 04/15/2012
Email


4281. Hi,I am writing a book on Vella Lavella in 1943. Initially, being a New Zealander, I was focussed on the New Zealand angle but I soon began to appreciate that there is an American backstory. Are there any vets from that period I can contact or advice you can give me regarding the 35ths role on Vella Lavella? There is an iconic photo of an American soldier on Vella with a steel helmet clutching what could be a Garrand. Does anyone know who he is & the story behind the photo? Thanks

Reginald Hedley Newell -- UPPER HUTT 5140 New Zealand -- 04/12/2012
Email


4280. Winifred l. Lassiter was my uncle. My mother who is his only living sister is 85 years old. please call, I'd like to add a picture and get and give info. Thank you so much for honoring our love one and their sacrifice to our country. Sincerely, Pauline

Pauline Antomattei -- Hampton VA USA -- 04/11/2012
Email


4279. A 4th Division Soldier will be added to The Wall at this year's Memorial Day ceremonies. David L Deckard was with HHC, 2/8th and was wounded March 24, 1969. His injuries confined him to a wheel chair until his death in 2006.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 04/10/2012
Email


4278. I just received word that the last group of Cacti have arrived in Hawaii from Afghanistan. Their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan covered the years 2004 to 2012 with hope and prayer that this is the end of their duty in the War on Terror. Welcome home Brothers Cacti!!

Peter J Birrow -- Gulfport FL 33707 -- 04/09/2012
Email


4277. Hello Dear Friends, Yesterday, April 8th, was the Anniversary of Jeff's and my Fathers death, and many more who were seriously injured and affected physically and emotionally. I thought of YOU ALL and wanted you to know how blessed I am to have you living now part of my life, and to have those deceased, "made into a memory...a picture...story of sorts" because of your sincere and sacred thoughts you have shared with me. With my Love, Laurie Daughter of Lt. Thode

Laurie Thode -- Dallas TX USA -- 04/09/2012


4276. Happy & Blessed Easter to all! It's been a few years and time flies and one doesn't get any hyounger..........I am still hoping and praying that any friend of the late PFC Frank Fettuccia, Delta. Co., 2nd. Battillion 35th. Inf. from Viet Nam, 1968, will ctc me- please with any memories or fotos to share of Frank.Not a November goes by when I don't pray or think of him! Thank you!

Maureen Monteiro -- Endicott NY USA -- 04/07/2012
Email


4275. I would love a email from anyone who serve with me in C. CO, 1/35 in Vietnam in 1966. I never was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge and need verication of my service.

Curtis C Ingram -- Hudson WI USA -- 04/04/2012
Email


4274. For over 40 years, on April 5th I've gotten down on my knees and prayed to God for those brave men who lost their lives on Mile High that awful day in 1968. This year I will be on my knees and also rejoicing that David Manrique, who I thought had died that day, did in fact live. Thanks to this site I found him!!! See you in Denver Buddy!!!!!!Critch

Mike Critchfield -- Stanwood MI USA -- 04/04/2012
Email


4273. Met a bunch of the members in North Myrtle Beach this past week. I am a former member of Delta Company in 2007 to 2009.

Ian McCormick -- Charlottesvile VA USA -- 04/01/2012
Email


4272. Please join the Board of Directors welcoming our newest member, Mike Fuller, who joins as a Life Member. Mike, who hails from Laramie, WY was deployed in 1969-70 and would like to hear from anyone who remembers him @ mrfull51@yahoo.com. We are proud to have you, Mike, and thanks for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 04/01/2012
Email


4271. 45 years ago today my best buddy died of a neck wound from a sniper while walking point for recon 1/35. RIP John M. West your memory rides with me every day. I've posted a memorial page on my web site cactiron.com. The American Legion Post 408 Derby Ks. is named in his honor. Thank you Kansas.

Ronald D Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 03/31/2012
Email -- http://Cactiron.com


4270. September 29, 1969 the longest day of my life. Bravo 2/35 went up into the Chu Pa's and got found early that day. Thank God for each other, the air force, Charley Company and Recon. Rest easy to those who didn't make it back. We'll be seeing you again in the bye and bye.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 03/29/2012
Email


4269. Hill 1062 a never ending battle. From 3/30/68-4/03/68 Twelve of our brothers paid the ultimate sacrifice. These men were from A-2/35, C-2/35 & D-2/35. Rest in Peace Brothers. Gone But Never Forgotten John Morgan D-2/35 7/67-9/68

John Morgan -- Weimar CA USA -- 03/28/2012
Email


4268. Looking for anyone who served in 1st Company B 25th Division , 35th Regiment.Korea

Donald F. Uren -- L'Anse MI USA -- 03/27/2012
Email


4267. A memorial service for 2-35 soldier 2nd Lt. Clovis Tim Ray, KIA 3/15/2012 in Afghanistan will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Live Oak County Coliseum near Three Rivers, Texas. The coliseum is located on Highway 281 half-way between the towns of George West and Three Rivers. Our association will have representation there, and we still encourage all Texas Cacti to attend.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 03/27/2012
Email


4266. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming newest annual member, Hartwell "Butch" Wright, formerly with D 1/35. Butch and wife, Deta hail from Henderson, NC, and he is anxious to hear from past battlemates at hwright@nc1m.org. Welcome to the best military Assoc, Butch, and thank you for your service.

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 03/24/2012
Email


4265. Anyone remember serving with my Dad, SSGT Tom Gorom A 1/35?Central Highlands, Chu Pa Mountain 68-69

Richard Gorom -- Pasadena TX USA -- 03/21/2012
Email


4264. Word comes from annual member Ted Balzarini (B 2/35) that wife, Milly has written a book titled, "The Lost Road Home," that tells the PTSD experiences of returning Veterans from WW II, Korea, RVN and Iraq and includes chilling stories of post battlefield suicide, (150,000 from RVN alone) that amounts to 18 each day! Further info from DeForrest Press. com or toll-free @ (866) 509-0604. Ted or Milly can be reached @ 110 Oakridge Dr; Marquette, MI 49855 or tbalzari@nmu.edu

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 03/20/2012
Email


4263. I plan on being at the Denver reunion and wondered if anyone going would like to cut expenses by sharing a room. If so, contact me by email. Thanks

Frank L. Marks -- Papillion NE USA -- 03/19/2012
Email


4262. Thanks for adding my comment - but you put my web site and not my e-mail address. There is a link somewhere on that site, but I would like to have my e-mail address listed also. ltryon@infionline.net. Thank you - Lois Tryon

Lois Tryon --  USA -- 03/18/2012
Email


4261. I want to thank all who sent condolences after Mike Tryon's death, and expecially those who sent donatations for the Cacti memorial. Mike and I were married for 48 years, and I will be continuing to work toward the completion of the memorial on the Walk of Honor at the National Infantry Museum. It meant a lot to him. Anyone who knew Mike, feel free to contact me.

LOIS TRYON -- COLUMBUS GA USA -- 03/17/2012
Email -- http://www.artsontheriver.com


4260. Another excellent Cacti Times put together by John Lorts. Thanks for the work you put into it to make it such a quality and informative read.

John Morgan -- Weimar CA USA -- 03/16/2012
Email


4259. Brothers Cacti, we have suffered another loss. Please be ready to assist here if we need you. I regretfully must tell you that we recently lost one of our very own Cacti Soldiers and Leaders last night, here in Afghanistan. 2LT Clovis Ray died of wounds suffered while conducting a combined patrol in the Pech River Valley when his element was attacked by the enemy using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). On the evening of 15 March 2012, 3rd Platoon, Delta Company “Gundogs,” was conducting a combat patrol in the Pech River Valley in Central Kunar Province. While conducting a dismounted clearance of an area, an explosion occurred which resulted in the serious wounding of 2LT Clovis Ray. Unfortunately, he later died of his wounds. 2LT Clovis Ray is true hero, and was a phenomenal young rifle platoon leader. There are none better. He is survived by his wife, son, and his parents. Please join me in keeping the Ray family in our prayers and give them strength in this trying time. Please keep the Family and friends of our fallen comrade in your prayers. Take Arms! LTC Colin Tuley Commander, Task Force Cacti FOB Joyce, Afghanistan

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 03/16/2012
Email


4258. The following members email addresses wouldn't accept the Spring, 2012 issue of the Cacti Times, for various reasons, and will be dropped before the next issue:  James Cooke, Eugene Schmidt, Lloyd Brown, Gerald Guinn, Glen Spivey, Geoffrey Ellerson, Gerald Bruhnke, James McTaggart, Julius Miskovich, Phillip Buice, Ronald Schneider, Robert Reardon, Thomas Anderson, Jimmy Smith, Bernard Neel, Craid Powell,Gilbert Jacobs, John Ochoa, Bob Mitchell, Buford Murphy and William Bradley.  CONTACT ME

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Avon IN USA -- 03/16/2012
Email


4257. Just finished reading the Cacti Times. As usual it was a great read. John Lorts does a fine job getting this togeather.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 03/15/2012
Email


4256. This a.m. I sent approx 350 Very nicely done Spring issues of the "Cacti Times" from our Editor, John Lorts. (Good job, John!) So far 28 have been returned undeliverable. So, if you're reading this and haven't noticed your copy in your in box, it might be time to remove all the clutter in there. (If you don't know how to do that, highlight one of your messages, and then hit the delete button.) If you can't manage that ask any young person under age 13. I will re-mail to those who contact me.

Steve Rainbolt -- Plainfield IN USA -- 03/15/2012
Email


4255. ATTENTION CACTI: Article IV, paragraph F states: "If dues are not paid by April 1, the member may be dropped from the rolls." If you do not receive your Spring/Summer issue of the, "Cacti Times," check your card, and the calendar. Your dues are what help make this organizaton, "World Class," and without them our efforts to support so many worthy programs, suffer. We on the Board, are all appreciative of those who remit their membership(s) in a timely manner. NOW MAY BE THE TIME TO CONSIDER A LIFE MEMBERSHIP!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Plainfield IN USA -- 03/13/2012
Email


4254. On March 12,1967 C Co. 2/35 on the way in support of A Co. We were pinned down and was able by morning to join with a small ban of men that had put down invasion after invasion of NVA Brave Men who gave their all. They lost 14 of the greatest soldiers in the world that day. Little did I know only nine days later our company Charlie Co would hit a large battalion size NVA force. We lost 22 great men on March 21,1967. A Co returned the favor by coming to our aid. My heart and prayers are with you each day of my life. Never a day goes by that I don't think of you my Brothers. Thank you Thank you Thank you

Jim Phillips -- Cookeville TN USA -- 03/13/2012
Email


4253. On March 12,1967, my Infantry Company A/2/35 entered into combat with two North Vietnamese Infantry Regiments, a force six times our size. A day and a half of fierce fighting ensued,involving the entire Regiment. The enemy finally retreated across the Cambodian border with a loss of over 200 men. Fourteen brave Americans died, including my Lieutenant, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.Please take a moment today to join me in honoring these men and all those who have laid down their lives to preserve the Freedoms and Liberties we enjoy in this Country. You can read about this action in the "War Stories" section of this web site.Thank You

Curtis Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 03/12/2012
Email


4252. In remembrance with deep appreciation for all those who fought and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the action on March 12, 1967 near the Cambodian border.

Glenn Perrone -- New York NY USA -- 03/12/2012
Email


4251. All Cacti in the general vicinity of Washington DC. On Feb 6, 2012 former Commanding Officer of the 4th Division (1968) MG Charles P. Stone passed away. On March 15, 2012 at 3PM funeral and burial services will be held for MG Stone at Arlington Cemetery. Many of you from the 1968 era may well remember Gen Stone. He was a character and said to be a bit of a maverick but was also known as a "soldier's general" by those who served under him. It is only right that the Cacti recognize and honor General Stone at this time. So wheather you were there in 1968 or not please join MG Bill Moore (RET) and I in attending these services to honor MG Stone. Please contact me at the e-mail address below if you can join us there on Thursday March 15. Cacti Forever, Doc Hall

jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/12/2012
Email


4250. I was Gary S. Edwards girl before he left for Vietnam - we talked about marriage when he got back home, but he died about a month before his tour was up. The one thing Gary said to me and his family was how much he missed us and snow - the day Gary's body arrived it was very warm and humid, thunderstorms, rare for that time of the year. The next day Chicago got one of the worst snow storms ever - 23" of snow, the date was January 26th, 1967. Because the roads were so bad and it was difficult to get to the funeral home, basically it was just his family and my family that came the first day. I am married, over 40 yrs. and have two beautiful grandson's, but Gary is always in my heart, even after 45 yrs. RIP Gary, you are gone, but certainly not forgotten.

Cindy -- St. John IN USA -- 03/09/2012
Email


4249. I left B 1/35th to work on General Stone's personal staff. Part of my duties was his driver. One time, while driving the jeep, the vehicle stalled. Gen. Stone, his aid and CSM Taylor jumped out of the jeep and started pushing to "jump start." I may be the only Sp4 to have a Major General push his jeep. He was a good man who cared for his troops. He was infantry and never forgot it.

Howard Johnson -- Minnetonka MN USA -- 03/08/2012
Email


4248. The Association has been contacted by a sister of a Korean Cacti who served as a Medic with the 35th. On 09/07/1951, her brother, Wilbert Pravatt, treated and saved the life of a wounded Captain. We think this Captain to be William Burghardt. This happened during the big fight at Outposts 717/682. Does anyone remember this incident? Thanks, Dick

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 03/07/2012
Email


4247. Sgt Benjamin George Spears........ He gave his life over 46 years ago, on this date 7th March 1966. Even though you have been gone from our family, I still miss you "big brother". Hope you know I will always love you and admired you.

Tera Williams -- Auburndale FL USA -- 03/07/2012
Email


4246. Rex B. Cox was the father of Donald Rex Cox, my best friend in school. My search for Don took me to searching for his father in ancestry.com. I found limited information until I found him on your web site. Thank you for the information about Rex B. Cox who earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He died for his country on May 1, 1945 in Luzon, The Philippines. He was only 26 yrs old. Rex was brought home to Carlsbad, NM, to be buried on July 27, 1948. Don was only 1 1/2 yrs old when his father died. Rex...you are not forgotten, nor you Don. Rest in Peace...

Betty D Beagles -- Roswell NM USA -- 03/07/2012
Email


4245. On this date, March 6, 1967 the 1st Battalion, Company B lost three very good men: PSG Bill Poole, 1st Platoon; SGT Steve Peck, FO NCO; and PFC Lynn (Mike) Ferguson, Mortar Platoon medic. The day started for the 1st Battalion with routine village sweeps but by mid-day had become what would later be know as the Battle of Hoa Tan (1) also involving units from the 1st Cav. and ending with the tactical use of B-52 bombers In addition to the KIA's there were also many wounded including the Company Commander, Ed Nealon. Today, we pay our respects to all of those who sacrificed so much.

Thomas J. (TJ) Blue -- Lady's Island SC USA -- 03/06/2012
Email


4244. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming James "Randy" Bozarth, as our newest Lifemember. He and wife Melissa call Lovettsville, VA home, and welcome former mates from B 2/35 (1966-8) to contact him at RBoza71123@AOL.COM or (703) 599-8898. Welcome home Randy, and thanks for your service

Steve Rainbolt, Sec -- Plainfield IN USA -- 03/06/2012
Email


4243. Guys, Someone out there served with "Doc" Benjamin Lee (KIA 3/17/66). Someone out there went through basic training with him. Someone out there has a photo of him. (It doesn't matter if it is a stand alone photo or a group shot.) We currently don't have a photo of Doc Lee for his memorial page. Can someone out there please step forward with that old photo (or basic training yearbook photo) and help us to more properly remember your old buddy? Please, If you have that photo (or know someone who does) contact me at the e-mail address below or contact Dick Arnold. It's the least we can do for our old friend. Thanks -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/04/2012
Email


4242. Thank you for your valiant and gallant service to our nation in her darkest hours. The liberties and freedoms we enjoy today were hard fought, and you fought the battle well. My father in law, Harold Stephan, talked a lot about his service time, and having served with the 35th on Guadalcanal Island, Luzon, and training in New Zealand for what would have been an amphibious invasion of the Japanese Homeland. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1985, but he left me many of his war time treasures.

Rheuben Douthitt, SFC, USA(Ret) -- Severn MD USA -- 03/03/2012
Email


4241. All Cacti in the general vicinity of Washington DC. On Feb 6, 2012 former Commanding Officer of the 4th Division (1968) MG Charles P. Stone passed away. On March 15, 2012 at 3PM funeral and burial services will be held for MG Stone at Arlington Cemetery. Many of you from the 1968 era may well remember Gen Stone. He was a character and said to be a bit of a maverick but was also known as a "soldier's general" by those who served under him. It is only right that the Cacti recognize and honor General Stone at this time. So wheather you were there in 1968 or not please join MG Bill Moore (RET) and I in attending these services to honor MG Stone. Please contact me at the e-mail address below if you can join us there on Thursday March 15. Cacti Forever, Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/03/2012
Email


4240. Charlie Company 2-35 is again hosting a Spring Get Away. This year we will be enjoying the sunny skies of Scottsdale, AZ at the Chaparral Suites. This is the same Resort that the Cacti Assoc. held the yearly reunion several years ago. This invitation is for all Cacti past and present. Lodging is $99.98 a night including tax during our May 26th to 31st stay. A block of rooms is being held, but space is limited. Call 1-800-528-1456 to make your reservation. Be sure to mention "The Keller Group" to insure room rates.

J. Luthjohn --  USA -- 03/02/2012


4239. Annual Dues Reminder: Don't forget to renew your 2012 Association membership. Dues may be sent to Secretary Steve Rainbolt, 2250 Rolling Hill Lane, Plainfield, IN 46168-1800.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 02/29/2012
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4238. On 09/02/1967, John D Heflin was killed by a booby trap north of Duc Pho. Per official documents we have John in A,2/235th. We recently discovered two other sources that indicate John was in D,2/35th. We are thinking John may have originally been A,2/35th and was transferred to D,2/35th when that new Company was formed. Can anyone speak to this? Thanks.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 02/24/2012
Email


4237. I LOST MY BROTHER TO VIETNAM WAR 1966. HE'S MISSED DEARLY

BRBARA ALTIERI NEFF -- CAMERON NC USA -- 02/24/2012
Email


4236. We lost my dad, PFC Dan Gleason 0n 2/23/69 He is the grandfather of two magnificent boys, and after 43 years he's deeply loved and missed. I strive to make them feel as safe, proud and as loved as he made me feel. We pray for his soul, and keep his memory alive. Jimmy

Jim Gleason -- Dillon MT USA -- 02/23/2012
Email


4235. Just here looking for my husbands army buddy and hoping this site would help. We'll see!

Cathy Czajkowski -- Windber PA USA -- 02/22/2012
Email


4234. Tim Baranyay, we posted your pics to the Roster section. However, your email bounced, please tell us your new one Bro. Thanks Tim.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 02/22/2012
Email


4233. The 2011 Reunion pictures are now posted. Click on "Reunions" to see them.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 02/22/2012
Email


4232. A reminder that Tony Bisantz will be buried at Arlington on March 5th at 10:45 a.m. All Cacti are invited to attend.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 02/21/2012
Email


4231. On the morning of 16 February 2012, company headquarters along with 4th Platoon from Delta Company “Gundogs” were conducting a combined patrol in the Pech River Valley when their elements came under enemy small arms fire. Delta CO CPT Loren Crowe was shot in the lower left leg from enemy fire while leading his Soldiers in combat. He was treated on-site and evacuated for additional medical care. CPT Crowe arrived this morning at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. Please keep his family in your prayers to give them strength in this trying time. He will stay in Germany for approximately 24-48 hrs, and then be flown to a stateside medical facility. Once we confirm the location, we’ll ensure that the information will be posted with hope that we can vist him for morale and support.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 02/19/2012
Email


4230. We have a new entry in our War Stories Section! Take a look and think a little I know everyone who served has a tale worth telling. So get with it don't worry about grammar or spelling or none of that. Had we all been smarter we probably wouldn't have been there LOL! Send them to me

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 02/17/2012
Email


4229. February 16, 1968 Bill Greenwell KIA by a mine. Not forgotten, rest in peace.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 02/17/2012
Email


4228. VA CLAIM....I am trying to help fellow Cacti George Ransom A/1/35 with his VA claim. He does not have internet access but was on LZ Jean in Nov and Dec of 1968 and would like to hear from anybody who was there, especially when the bunker took a direct hit. At the time he believes he was in the 1st or 2nd platoon and his Sgt or Leader's name was George but he is not sure of anything other than being on LZ Jean in Nov & Dec of 1968. If you were there at all or know someone who was there on the dates given would you please contact me anytime.................................................... Dave Crocker 301-868-4847

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 02/16/2012
Email


4227. I served in Veitnam with Company C 1st/35th of the 4th Infantry in 1967-68..

Earl E. Gilkison -- Mansfield OH USA -- 02/15/2012
Email


4226. I am thinking about attending the Cacti Ball in Hawaii on the 28 April 12. I need some more info about who to contact and if anyone else from the association is going. Cacti Ron

Ronald D Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 02/14/2012
Email -- http://cactiron.com


4225. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Paul Sausedo as our newest Life Member. Paul, who joined in 2005, and wife, Beatrice call Tolleson, AZ home and he would like to hear from former Battlemates of B 1/35, 1966-7 @ donpablosoy@hotmail.com. Welcome home, Paul and thanks for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Sec -- Plainfield IN USA -- 02/13/2012
Email


4224. Guys, we have just confirmed a previously unknown Vietnam Cacti KIA. Charles Robert Vest, C, 2/35th. Charles was wounded July 26, 1967; died October 7, 1974; and was added to the Wall on Memorial Day, 2011. Charles was from Ohio. Find-A-Grave has an excellent memorial, with picture. for Charles. Dick Arnold

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 02/11/2012
Email


4223. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Curtis Gay, formerly of A 2/35, 1966-7, as the latest 35th Inf Cacti Life Member. An annual member since 2009, Curtis and wife Susan hail from Durham, NC, and he would like to hear from past Battlemates. Find him at cpgay@rocketmail.com. Again, thanks for your service, Curtis, and welcome home!

Steve Rainbolt, Secretary -- Plainfield IN USA -- 02/10/2012
Email


4222. AMEDD Regiment Documenting Awards The Army Medical Department Regiment is working on documenting all medical personnel who have been awarded the DSC, SS, DFC, BS"V", ARCOM "V" and the Soldier's Medal for heroism. If you were awarded any of these medals kindly send a copy of the citation and the General Order for them. If you can scan them into a PDF document and e-mail them, it would be easier. Fax number is 210-221-8697.Office phone is 210-221-8455 Mailing address for hard copies is: CommanderAMEDD RegimentRoom 104, Building 2840Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 E-mail addresses are either of the following:Ampula, Robert L Mr CIV USA MEDCOM AMEDDCS: e-mail is Robert.Ampula@AMEDD.ARMY.MIL Still, Ronald F Mr CIV USA MEDCOM AMEDDCS: e-mail isstillrf@amedd.army.mil

James L Brown -- Portland TN USA -- 02/10/2012
Email


4221. 1966-1967 C CO 2/35 If anyone reconinizes my name please contact me I know it's been alot of years, but I think all of still have and carry those memories with us unfortunately we can't share them. THEY BELONG TOO US

Morley A Levine -- Columbia TN USA -- 02/08/2012
Email


4220. Feb 7, 8, & 9 1968 co B 1/135 cacti 4th Infrantry took a lot of WIA and KIA just Southwest of DaNang. God Bless all the fallen those days. My Freind Stanley Jamrock, Lt Spencer Powers and the 1st day in field Lucien Robinson it was your last. Thank you for my best Friend Craig Music who has died of Cancer on Oct 9 2007 for saving my ass after I was hit who got me on the last dustoff on 2/9/68.

Gary McDonough -- Altamonte Sp FL USA -- 02/08/2012
Email


4219. I served with the Combat Suppport Company from 1961 to 1963 and I was involved with joint excercises with the 503rd Airbone in Okinawa and with helping to build Camp Friendship Tailand. I am glad tosee that not all of the 35th Infrantry was deactivated as a part of the Army's downsizing.

Samuel H. Picture -- South Pasadena CA USA -- 02/08/2012
Email


4218. From Don Dignan, D/2/16, 1st Inf Div 1967-68: I received an e-mail from a lady whose brother apparently served with A/1/35 in 1966 by the name of Kenneth R. Harpold. In an article from the 25th Division newsletter from June 1966, the following article appeared: After several weeks of light contact, elements of 3rd Brigade suddenly found themselves in a pitched battle with a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regiment last week southwest of Pleiku. During the action, the 2nd Platoon of Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry was trying to push back an NVA attack on the east edge of a landing zone. As the men swept the area, they were picked at by snipers hidden throughout the heavily wooded area surrounding the landing zone. "We didn't know where the snipers were," said Specialist Four Kenneth R. Harpold of Indianapolis, Ind., a fire team leader in the 2nd Platoon. "There was one sniper that particularly bothered us." Harpold continued. "We began looking for him." "PFC James Hyatt, who was right behind me, had a Chinese submachine gun he had captured and I had a 12-gauge shotgun. We both opened fire on the sniper." "But he didn't fall like we expected him to do. It turned out that he was tied to the tree. We left him up there, planning to come back later and cut him down. When we did come back to get him he was gone. Apparently, some of the other NVA soldiers had come and taken him away," Harpold remarked of the enemy's passion for conducting combat police calls." According to the sister, Ken was killed in an auto accident in 1969. She wanted talk to anyone who remembered him. If anyone does recall him, send me an e-mail and I'll give you a phone number and name. dondignan@sbcglobal.net

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 02/06/2012
Email


4217. Thank you for this website. My friend James "Jimmy" Alexander Pemberton of Alpha Company, !st Battalion was killed on 5 April 1968 with four other troopers. I had been told he was a machine gunner, but from your website I've learned he was a life saver and a true hero. In my time in Nam I twice travelled Highway 14, through Kontum headed for Tan Canh, where I helped maintain a TACAN site. Today, I wonder if Jimmy died while treating his brothers or if they died because he had been taken from them. I miss him not being here.

Michael A Hairston, MSgt USAF Ret -- Beckley WV USA -- 02/04/2012
Email


4216. Still looking for anyone who was at Schofield Barracks Hawaii in November 1957 and remembers my dad, William E. Eberhart. He died in a fall from a 3 story barrack building late one night. He was in 35th Infantry Cacti, 1st Battle Group, Company D.If you were there, I would appreciat an email to seberhart@tx.rr.com

Steve Eberhart -- Dallas TX USA -- 02/04/2012
Email


4215. Greetings from Indiana just days before the Superbowl in Indy! I'm writing to ask if anyone knows who the medic was on June 24, 1966 with Recon Platoon. I would really like to talk to him. Also, a group of us are gathering anecdotal information about the June 24, 1966 battles and we would like to hear from any personnel of Recon, or any Company of the 1/35th who remembers that day. Write me at kellermeyerm@gmail.com or call me at 260-348-7783. Cacti forever!

Mike Kellermeyer -- Fort Wayne IN USA -- 02/03/2012
Email


4214. Does anyone remember the night of about April 8,1966 in the replacement center in Saigon. We were mortered about 3 am and I was wounded in the leg. They took us to a old French hospital and laid us out on the ground, taking the worst cases first. Westmoreland was there and asked me how I was and I said not bad Sir. Later found out 9 were killed and about 40 wounded. There was a story somebody was leaving that day but was delayed by his sergent to get a haircut. He was killed that night. Some just arrived and were killed.

Lawrence Woff -- Damascus OR USA -- 01/29/2012
Email


4213. My name is Hoyt Mason{Gomer,Preacher}. I served with HHC/1/35 3rd Brigade. I served in Viet Nam from May of 1966 to May of 1967 and was stationed at Plekiu.I was a gunner on a 4.2 in. mortar. I'm wondering if there are any veterans out there who served with me at that time and who might remember Thanksgiving day of '66 when a news team from CBS News came out to our LZ and did some filming and interviewing.If you were there you might want to know that we actually made the evening news with Walter Cronkite! If you would like more information contact me at: redeemed62@gmail.com

Hoyt H. Mason -- High Point NC USA -- 01/28/2012
Email


4212. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Lawrence Woff into annual membership. From 1966-7, Lawrence was assigned to C 1/35. He currently resides in Damascus, OR, and is anxious to hear from past battlemates @ LARLIB4846@LIVE.COM.. Welcome aboard, Lawrence, and thanks for your service.

Steve Rainbolt, Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 01/28/2012
Email


4211. B/1/35 3rd Bde task force Dec 65 ets Sept 66, 2nd Plt, machine gunner, squad leader.

Robert Flatt -- Payneville KY USA -- 01/28/2012
Email


4210. Clifford Jacobs, was in on several tours with you guys. I would really like to get him on rosters and get him to Colorado for the next reunion. D company 2nd battalion 35th infantry, I'm pretty sure of, received purple heart and marksman trophy, along with numerous medals. He's in good health and spirits and I feel he wants to reunite with his old crew badly. Heard many stories and know he was a good soldier. I will find out for sure if this was the company he was in, almost positive. Thank you very much for your time and attention. Hope to hear back from you soon.

Billy Spencer -- Palm Coast FL USA -- 01/28/2012
Email


4209. THIS IS MY NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS.DISREGARD ANYTHING WITH qmaster6310@hotmail.comthis account was hacked and I had to changethanks......................Pablo B 1/35 1966

Pablo -- Tolleson AZ USA -- 01/27/2012
Email


4208. The Vietnam KIA guru Richard Coffelt has passed away. Richard was a Korean-era veteran from Hays, KS who started identifying full units for Vietnam KIAs in 1980. Guys, that was well before Al Gore invented the Internet. Most all Vietnam web sites owe their KIA lists to the work Richard inaugurated. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 01/26/2012
Email


4207. My correct e-mail.

Robert Brose -- Becker MN USA -- 01/25/2012
Email


4206. To Robert E. Brose...Robert, we have tried contacting you but our e-mails bounce back as undeliverable. Please contact me.... tsavely@knust.com thanks and take care ts

Terry Savely -- Sugar Land TX USA -- 01/24/2012
Email


4205. My uncle was killed in Sept 1944. He was in the 35th. If anybody has got any info on him, please email me back. His name was Hazel Nicholas. Please email me.

Britt Nicholas -- Richwood WV USA -- 01/23/2012
Email


4204. My daughter is very impressed with this web site for sons too. http://dovv.us/

Art Hughes --  USA -- 01/23/2012


4203. On June 24, 1966, Recon Plt, 1/35th was in a big fight south of Duc Co. Both A and C 1/35th were sent to help. C Company was accompanied by C Troop,3/4 Cav. C Company lost two men that day, Kenneth Kaaihue and Horace Rogers and C Troop lost two men as well. Can anyone from C Company speak to this incident? Thanks Guys. Dick A

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 01/23/2012
Email


4202. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming our newest Life Member, Charles Collins. Charles was assigned to A 1/35 from 1976-82 in Hawaii, eventually becoming 1SG. Prior to retiring he was assigned CSM. He and wife, Ann now reside in Springfield, VA, and he would enjoy contact with prior mates. He can be reached at AMCOL728@aol.com. Welcome aboard, Charles, and thanks for your many years of service to our country!

Steve Rainbolt, Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 01/20/2012
Email


4201. Graveside services for Mike Tryon will be held 2:00 PM Monday, January 23, 2012 at Ft. Benning Main Post Cemetery with Chaplain Jesse Adkinson officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at McMullen Funeral Home 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, GA 31907. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the 35th Infantry Regiment Monument Fund P.O. Box 7907 Columbus, GA 31908, which will place a monument on the Walk of Honor at the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning for all the soldiers of the Cacti (35th Infantry Regiment).

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 01/19/2012
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4200. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming John Luna into annual membership. Formally of A 2/35 in 1967, John and wife Linda reside in Fillmore, CA, and he is anxious to hear from any who may remember him, especially Platoon Sgt Sheldon. He can be reached at (805)524-7015. Welcome aboard John, and thanks for your service.

Steve Rainbolt, Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 01/19/2012
Email


4199. Looking for contact information re Roy Posey Jr. who served as KIA Jerry Laird's S 3 in Vietnam.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 01/16/2012
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4198. MY FATHER,JACK C ZUVER WAS WITH CO.K 35TH INF REG.25TH DIV. MIA 11-28-50. LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HIM.

JOHN R LAFEVER -- Cuba NY USA -- 01/15/2012
Email


4197. Charlie Company 2-35 is again hosting a Spring Get Away. This year we will be enjoying the sunny skies of Scottsdale, AZ at the Chaparral Suites. This is the same Resort that the Cacti Assoc. held the yearly reunion several years ago. This invitation is for all Cacti past and present. Lodging is $99.98 a night including tax during our May 26th to 31st stay. A block of rooms is being held, but space is limited. Call 1-800-528-1456 to make your reservation. Be sure to mention "The Keller Group" to insure room rates.

Joel Luthjohn 67-68 --  MI USA -- 01/14/2012


4196. I served in Korea from aprox. May 52 to June 53 Love Co. I have quite a number of pictures on a cd, I took myself. Some places I remember Heartbreak Ridge. Koje-do guarding prisoners and maybe one or two places on line that I can't remember. I would be happy to send a copy if someone would want one. I have notations on quite a few of them. I think I have about 60 or 70 Pictures. I can count them if need be. Regards Robert E. Brose

Robert Brose -- Becker MN USA -- 01/13/2012
Email


4195. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Curtis Ingram, C 1/35 1966, into membership. Curtis of Hudson, WI is anxious to hear from those who served then and may know him at curtisingram@att.net. We're glad to have you Curtis, and thank you for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 01/12/2012
Email


4194. To the families and friends of the Cacti, I want to take an opportunity to provide an update on current operations. Cacti Soldiers and our Afghan Army and Police partners keep operating in the South Kunar and Pech River Valleys with great success. The impact has been tremendous and will continue to have long lasting effects to the people of Afghanistan. The mission remains the same to assist the Afghan people in their development of Governance, Security, and economic Stability so that they may provide the basic needs to their families. As you may have heard due the success of our Soldiers, The President of the United States ordered U.S. Forces to draw down 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. Overall this does not have a major impact to our redeployment timeline. Majority of TF Cacti will return home during the month of March (mid-March thru end of month March for the bulk of the battalion). However, due to the directed drawdown, we will begin redeploying some small numbers of Soldiers during the next month. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Rear-Detachment Cdr, CPT (P) Chris Bluhm at christopher.bluhm@us.army.mil. As part of the normal redeployment process TF Cacti will redeploy some select critical Soldiers with specific skills in the near future to prepare to receive the Battalion. As with previous deployments the Battalion will redeploy over time in several small groups and this process is scheduled to occur within the 2 weeks. We remain proud of every Cacti Soldier due to how critical and valuable they are to mission success whether in Hawaii and Afghanistan. They are true Warriors for serving our Great Nation in Global War on Terrorism. Cacti Soldiers are continuing to do a great job, working extremely hard in very harsh conditions. While there is still a lot of work to be done to complete our mission, we look forward to reuniting with our Family and Friends and spending well deserved quality time at home with our loved ones. Take Arms! Cacti!

LTC Colin Tuley -- Kunar Province Afghanistan -- 01/12/2012


4193. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming James (Witch Doctor) Brown into membership as the latest Cacti Life Member. James served HHC 1/35, 1966-7, and he is anxious to hear from past battlemates. He and wife, Joan reside in Portland, TN. He can be reached @ rtrNJLB@dishmail.net. Welcome home James, and thanks for your service. Consider joining us in the Denver area in Sep, 2012 at the annual reunion

Steve Rainbolt, Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 01/10/2012
Email


4192. Ransom is looking for help with a VA claim regarding a hearing loss. If any A Co. 1/35 brothers can help verify dozens of incoming 82mm mortar and 75mm rounds that hit LZ Jean Nov. 30, 1968 striking three bunkers (one of which was occupied), please let me put you in touch with George. He is hoping to locate a platoon leader (possibly 1st or 2nd platoon), company CO, etc., to help with his claim.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 01/10/2012
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4191. Hey Cacti veterans, it's been awhile since I received any war stories from you. Surely you have a yarn you'd like to share with us. It can be funny, serious, or anything about life in the Cacti. If you want to embelish a little we don't mind. You don't have to be a great writer after all if must of us had been smarter we wouldn't have been there LOL . Send them to Wiley Dodd at the reply address given.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 01/09/2012
Email


4190. Charlie Company 2-35 is again hosting a Spring Get Away. This year we will be enjoying the sunny skies of Scottsdale, AZ at the Chaparral Suites. This is the same Resort that the Cacti Assoc. held the yearly reunion several years ago. This invitation is for all Cacti past and present. Lodging is $99.98 a night including tax during our May 26th to 31st stay. A block of rooms is being held, but space is limited. Call 1-800-528-1456 to make your reservation. Be sure to mention "The Keller Group" to insure room rates.

Joel Luthjohn C-2-35 67-68 --  MI USA -- 01/08/2012


4189. Thomas, The electronic version of the Cacti Times has been sent by email. We've experienced some wild delivery times all over the country. They were all mailed on 22 November from Virginia. I think the holiday mail took precedent over our non-profit mailing rate. I know at least one person in California who received his copy two weeks ago. Hopefully yours will show up soon. - John

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 01/07/2012
Email


4188. I have not received the last news letter electric or paper, can it be sent to me? Thanks

Thomas McCauslin -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 01/06/2012
Email


4187. I was curious about A&P after reading the previous posting: Ammunition & Pioneer Platoon - the A & P Platoon provided a pool of men who could undertake all manner of manual tasks, including hauling ammunition to forward positions, sometimes under enemy fire. It was commanded by a 2nd Lieutenant with a Sergeant and driver for the Platoon truck, which mounted a .50 cal heavy machine gun. Each of its three eight man squads was led by a Corporal, promoted to Sergeant in 1944. The four NCOs carried rifles, all others carbines, and the Platoon carried two Bazookas for antitank defense.

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 01/03/2012
Email


4186. My father SGT A.C. Stapel Served in the Pioneer and Ammunition Platoon 1st battalion 35th regiment in Korea July 1950- Aug 1951. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star with a "V". He passed away Dec 13 2009. He gave more than he took.

Neal Stapel -- Rock Hill SC USA -- 01/03/2012
Email


4185. Make a New Year's resolution to attend the Cacti Reunion in the Denver area this year. Mark it on your calendar, start saving your money and plan your vacation so you can attend the best four days that you can ever have with some of the buddies that you served with. If this will be your first reunion, there is a good chance you find one or more of your foxhole buddies. If not, we can give you some great ideas and assistance on how to find them so you can bring them in 2013. The reunion is September 27-30, 2012, get it on your calendar! Oh, and don't forget to bring your wife, she will make some new friends. See you there!

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 01/01/2012
Email


4184. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming William L. Smith into annual membership. He along with wife Beverly reside in Jerseyville, IL. William served in RVN 1969-70 with C Co 1/35. He is anxious to hear from former battlemates and can be reached at bsmithlc3@gtec.com. Thanks for service, William, and welcome home Brother.

Steve Rainbolt, Assoc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 12/31/2011
Email


4183. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Joseph (Jack) Whitener into membership. Jack is the newest Life Member, who was attached to C Co 1/35, Aug, 1968-Feb, 1969. he resides in Brentwood, CA, and is anxious to hear from other CACTI. He says he has hour by hour field reports during those dates. He can be reached at JW5374@yahoo.com. Again, welcome home, Bro Jack.

Steve Rainbolt -- Plainfield IN USA -- 12/31/2011
Email


4182. My grandson Robert Clevenger is stationed at FOB Joyce since April 2011, his home base being Schofield Barracks. We all miss him, but would also like to wish all the Men stationed at FOB Joyce and other bases throughout Afghanistan a safe, and Happy New Year. We are proud of all you do for your country. Stay safe and sound.

Janice Jenkins -- Dedham MA USA -- 12/30/2011
Email


4181. Cacti Families and Friends: Happy Holidays from Kunar Province, Afghanistan! Winter has arrived here in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan as the peaks are begging to be covered in snow and the temperatures have dropped in to the 30s and 40s. Oddly enough, the winter season has been dry while the men and women of Task Force Cacti continue to make steady progress toward eliminating groups of violent and desperate enemy forces working to undermine the Afghan government and its people. Over the past 9 months, Task Force Cacti has executed several, Battalion-level operations, and numerous platoon and company level operations in very dynamic and complex environments in the Pech River Valley and the Southern Kunar River Valley. These operations have focused on partnering with the Afghan Army and Afghan Police Forces. As well, platoons and companies are equally focused on working with government officials and village elders on a daily basis, as they strive to make a better country for the young children and families of Afghanistan. We are all very proud of our young Soldiers and Leaders who are dedicated and committed on the mission that we are charged with. As you all know our efforts and successes come with a great cost. I’d like to take a few moments to remember those among our ranks that have paid the ultimate sacrifice throughout the deployment. We have lost 10 Soldiers from our Task Force - SGT Kevin White, Delta Co, 2-35 IN BN; SPC Brian Riley, HHC, 2-35 IN BN; SPC Levi Nuncio, Charlie Co, 2-35 IN BN; 1LT Dimitri Del Castillo, Bravo Co, 2-35 IN BN; SPC Kevin Hilaman, Delta Co, 2-35 IN BN; SSG Nigel Kelly (attached from 3 BSTB); SGT William Gross-Paniagua, (attached from 3 BSTB), SSG Houston Taylor, D Co, 2-27 IN BN (attached to our HHC Company); SGT Christopher Muniz, (attached from 3 BSTB); and SPC Ronald Wildrick Jr., Alpha Co, 2-35 IN BN. They were amazing Soldiers, sons, husbands, and fathers. They were true Heroes and their sacrifices will never be forgotten. They will always be honored and remembered within our Cacti ranks. Please continue to hold their families in your prayers. As 2011 comes to a close, the Soldiers of TF CACTI would like wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Additionally, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our Families, friends, and especially to the 35th Infantry “Cacti” Association for their continued efforts and support. Whether you send care packages, or provide us with simple words of encouragement, it really means a great deal to the leaders and Soldiers of the CACTI Battalion. We hope to see many of you on the high ground when our unit returns to Schofield Barracks this April. We are planning a Traditional CACTI Ball (with soldiers wearing their dress uniforms and newly earned medals from our successful deployment here in Afghanistan) at the end of April. I invite any and all who can attend to come join us. We are planning to have this evening of camaraderie and remembrance on Saturday, 28 April 2012. Take Arms!LTC Colin Tuley

LTC Colin Tuley -- Kunar Province Afghanistan -- 12/27/2011
 -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4180. I hope all had a very Marry Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy New Year Jim (Witch Doctor) 1/35 1966-1967. I hope to see you all at the next reunion.

James L Brown -- Portland TN USA -- 12/26/2011
Email


4179. I want to wish all Cacti and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and Seasons Greetings to all also.

Joe Henderson -- Levitttown PA USA -- 12/25/2011
Email


4178. Looking for Delta 2/35 from Sept '68-Jan '69. 501-231-9393.

Bradford Anderson -- Concord AZ USA -- 12/25/2011
Email


4177. Merry Christmas to all that served and to my 1/35th A co 3rd plt. And a Happy New year!!!!

Gary Rose -- Mills River NC USA -- 12/24/2011
Email


4176. Does anyone remember an incident around August 19 - August 21 when A/1/35 was inserted on a hilltop near Mo Duc which happened to be a minefield?

Michael O'Keefe -- North Providence RI USA -- 12/23/2011
Email


4175. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my brothers.

Ken Kochel D 2/35 -- Phu Quoc VNM -- 12/23/2011
Email


4174. I'd like to wish all my Cacti Brothers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hope to see you all in Colorado net year. Wiley Dodd Sergeant at Arms

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 12/23/2011
Email


4173. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone in the 35th Inf. If anyone has photos of the Buddha carved into the big rock on Lz Jean and/or photos of Lz Virginia Lee I would appreciate copies, If I can help someone else with something I will be happy to.

Jack Whitener -- Bethel Island CA USA -- 12/22/2011
Email


4172. NOTICE TO ALL WITH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS: HELLO!!!!!!!!YOUR MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES 12/31/2011. You may have guessed that it takes our collective membership fees to operate this WORLD CLASS organization, and if you can say you already knew that, congratulations! How about mailing me your dues? (I'm sure my mailbox is working, because I'm getting Christmas bills!)

Steve Rainbolt, Assc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 12/22/2011
Email


4171. (John Fielding requested that this be posted. John's email is: mjfielding@aol.com) The Memorial Mass of Resurrection for Tony Bisantz took place at Our Lady of the Seas Church in Buxton, North Carolina, the parish church for the Bisantz family since their retirement and just down the street from their home of many years in Rodanthe. It is a beautiful church tight to the shoreline of the Outer Banks overlooking the Pamlico Sound, a most fitting location given Tony's love of the sea. Tony became a close friend of Pastor Robert Brown, who incidentally was my college classmate and fellow ROTC graduate of the class of 1961 at Niagara University, New York, not far from Tony's hometown of Buffalo. Tony graduated and received his ROTC commission from Canisus College in Buffalo during the same timeframe. There was an overflow crowd at the memorial service indicative of Tony and Charlotte's active outreach within the community at-large.Tony was as gregarious in the Outer Banks as he was anywhere else in his Army career and it showed. Approaching the church one could not but help noting the arch of hook and ladder apparatus from the Chicamaccomico Banks Fire and Rescue Squad of which Tony was a very active member.The church service itself had wonderful music and under Pastor Brown's guidance family members took an active role and gave me the honor of delivering the eulogy which primarily centered on Tony's military service and highlighting his service with The Cacti. The service ended with a blessing and bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace which was held at the outside entrance in front of the church in deference to the space limitations within the church. The solemnity of the occasion turned into a true celebration of Tony's life as the gathering relocated to the church hall for a wide selection of food and beverages. I have rarely seen a group of people, most of whom had not met beforehand, spend so much time appreciating one another's presence. Cacti in attendance were Pat and Janet Lenz from Illinois, John and Marilyn Fielding from Florida and Jack and Annette Baldwin from Texas who soon became flooded with questions about Tony, the soldier, from a large number of Veterans present to the point that it seemed like we stumbled into a Cacti Reunion by mistake. Particularly poignant was seeing Tony's local Island Doctor spending a lot of time conversing in great detail with "Doc" Baldwin. In accordance with his wishes,Tony will be interred on March 5, 2012. in Arlington National Cemetery. A group of Cacti Veterans are planning to attend. Ellen Bisantz, Tony's daughter, is in contact with many individually and is also keeping in contact with the 35th Infantry Regiment Association providing information updates as appropriate including nearby lodging options. John Fielding

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 12/20/2011
Email


4170. (John Fielding requested that this be posted. John's email is: mjfielding@aol.com) The Memorial Mass of Resurrection for Tony Bisantz took place at Our Lady of the Seas Church in Buxton, North Carolina, the parish church for the Bisantz family since their retirement and just down the street from their home of many years in Rodanthe. It is a beautiful church tight to the shoreline of the Outer Banks overlooking the Pamlico Sound, a most fitting location given Tony's love of the sea. Tony became a close friend of Pastor Robert Brown, who incidentally was my college classmate and fellow ROTC graduate of the class of 1961 at Niagara University, New York, not far from Tony's hometown of Buffalo. Tony graduated and received his ROTC commission from Canisus College in Buffalo during the same timeframe. There was an overflow crowd at the memorial service indicative of Tony and Charlotte's active outreach within the community at-large.Tony was as gregarious in the Outer Banks as he was anywhere else in his Army career and it showed. Approaching the church one could not but help noting the arch of hook and ladder apparatus from the Chicamaccomico Banks Fire and Rescue Squad of which Tony was a very active member.The church service itself had wonderful music and under Pastor Brown's guidance family members took an active role and gave me the honor of delivering the eulogy which primarily centered on Tony's military service and highlighting his service with The Cacti. The service ended with a blessing and bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace which was held at the outside entrance in front of the church in deference to the space limitations within the church. The solemnity of the occasion turned into a true celebration of Tony's life as the gathering relocated to the church hall for a wide selection of food and beverages. I have rarely seen a group of people, most of whom had not met beforehand, spend so much time appreciating one another's presence. Cacti in attendance were Pat and Janet Lenz from Illinois, John and Marilyn Fielding from Florida and Jack and Annette Baldwin from Texas who soon became flooded with questions about Tony, the soldier, from a large number of Veterans present to the point that it seemed like we stumbled into a Cacti Reunion by mistake. Particularly poignant was seeing Tony's local Island Doctor spending a lot of time conversing in great detail with "Doc

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 12/19/2011
Email


4169. Cacti brothers, you might recognize the name Lt. Angel Rosario. Lt. Rosario is an active duty Cacti, serving with the battalion in Kunar Prov. Afganistan. This sharp young officer attended the Pittsburgh 2010 Cacti reunion. I first met Lt. Rosario by correspondence. Current 2/35th CO LTC Colin Tuley had agreed to my request for five Cacti battalion challenge coins; directing me to his then adjutant, Lt Rosario. (Again, Great thanks to our own John Lorts.) The coins were to be distributed to the family and a few close friends of SGT Ken Henninger (KIA, A co 2/35, March 69), with gratitude from the Cacti Assoc. In mid July 2010 in Bay Village, Ohio ( near Clevelend); nearly 20 Cacti veterans attended this large, touching and emotional memorial. Two weeks later, at the Pittsburgh Cacti reunion, the engaging young Lt. Rosario made his mark with the old-guy Cacti and everyone else. The last time I saw Lt. Rosario, he was boarding a casino bound taxi with four young ladies sometime after midnight.Fast forward to this afternoon; there he was on camera giving a situation report during a battle, real-time, to a videographer; take a look, the link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGZWl0eHINU Oh yes,... Bravo Company 2/35 better set another place for luncheon! Thanks, blessings, "Take Arms" -- Actives & veteran brothers Rick Strawn A co 2/35 69-69

Rick Strawn -- Salem OR USA -- 12/19/2011
Email


4168. Hi guys and thanks for the warm welcome!!! It's been a long journey but I'm grateful I'm here. A big thanks to David Manrique who was instrumental in me joining the group. I was so glad to see he was alive!! He wasn't looking too good the last time I saw him.lol Also thanks to Dick Arnold. I talked with Dick right after I found this site. I probably wrote the wrong dates down on my application, but my in-country dates were Feb 68 to Feb 69.Thanks again everyone. Critch

Mike Critchfield -- Stanwood MI USA -- 12/18/2011
Email


4167. Mike Slyck, Break squelch twice! Your e-mail is all bouncing back. -- Doc H

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 12/16/2011
Email


4166. Machine Gunner, Squad Leader, 2 Plt B/1/35 Advance Party of 3rd Bde to Pleiku ets Sept 66

Robert W. Flatt -- Payneville KY USA -- 12/15/2011
Email


4165. It's great to see Mike Critchfield has joined the association. I saw Mike post on the 4th Inf website,he was looking for anyone who served with him in Vietnam. So I e-mail him and told about the 35th reg website. He told me he was with D Company,come to find out he was in A Company. I did not remember the name until he e-mailed a picture of him in Nam,Mike was one of the men who carried up Mile High when I got wound. He never was told what happened to me after I was put in the chopper,after all these years we finally talked on the phone. Talk about heart warming talk,and he is going to the next reuion, thats my Xmas present rigth there. So guys this is why I look forward to are reuions you never know what buddy will show up. Can't wait Mike Dave M

David Manrique -- Fremont CA USA -- 12/15/2011
Email


4164. Sad news for the Cacti. We suffered two KIA's in the explosion of an IED on Sunday Dec 10th. KIA were Spc Ronald Wildrick (A Co.)from Blairsville, NJ and Sgt Chistopher Muniz (B Co.)of New Cuyama, CA. We would anticipate services for both men probably mid to late next week but do not have any information on services at this time. We probably will have volunteer attendees set for the Services for Ronald Wildrick but will need volunteers for Christopher Muniz. New Cuyama, CA is located in Santa Barbara County (North of Los Angeles) and about midway between Santa Maria and Bakersfield. If you live in this area and can help us to honor this young hero by attending his services to represent us, please contact me at the e-mail below and I will be glad to instruct you on what this involves. Believe me, it is not complicated and you will be helping us to honor Sgt Muniz and his family. We certainly owe them our support. Funerals are not necessarily easy duty but just our attendance will show the family and all active Cacti we care. Thanks, Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 12/13/2011
Email


4163. I was stationed with the 35th Infantry Regiment in Otsu, Japan from May 1948 to March 1949. If there is anybody who remembers the Cacti News, I was the Editor from August 1948 and published it until I was transfered in March 1949. I also have a copy Menu of the Christmas Dinner of 1948. I downloaded in my files. Anybody interested, sent me an email.

Mario R. Vazquez -- Santa Clara CA USA -- 12/13/2011
Email


4162. Let me elaborate about the tiger. Charlie company, 1/35th KILLED a tiger during the night in January/Febuary 1969. Tiger tried to drag one of our guys away but dropped him when the guy screamed. Tiger came back and was shot MANY times along with a couple of our LP's. The LP's and the tiger victim were taken out the next morning. Many pictures of the dead tiger were taken but I didn't have a camera and never was able to get a picture from anyone. Captain "snuffy" Smith was our CO. He left just a couple of weeks later.Appreciate the e-mails I got from my previous posting, but I guess none of the guys from Charlie visit this site.

Bill Smith -- Jerseyville IL USA -- 12/13/2011
Email


4161. Anyone related to Richard (Buck) Carlson who was killed on 4 Nov 66 please contact me. I have some information you might want to know.

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 12/13/2011
Email


4160. The print version of the Cacti Times was mailed out on 22 November. If you have not received your copy, please be patient. It seems to be a "perfect storm" in that the USPS where we mail out the copies is closing a main distribution center, we are in the middle of the holiday season where the volume of mail is very high, the Cacti Times goes out as bulk mail and our not-for-profit mailing rate is a low priority. Hopefully your copy will arrive soon.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 12/09/2011
Email


4159. I came in country in January 69 and went to Charlie 1st Battalion. We had an incident with a tiger during the first month. Does anyone have pictures or memories of that event? I didn't get my camera until after the event.

Bill Smith -- Jerseyville IL USA -- 12/09/2011
Email


4158. Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Michael R. (Critch) Critchfield into Cacti Assoc membership. Formerly assigned to A 1/35, (Sep, '68-'69) "Critch" and wife Jaci reside in Stanwood, MI, and is anxious to hear from former battlemates. He can be reached @ mikeandjaci@gmail.com. Welcome home "Critch," and thanks for your service!

Steve Rainbolt, Assoc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 12/08/2011
Email


4157. In reference to Pete Manuguerras post on the convoy being deployed after dark,we had the same thing happen to us, A co 1/35th ,I was the medic with 3rd plt. Left from Plekiu go to Ban Me touit south, July 28 1968.We came under fire at about 1500 hours so our driver shut off his lights and kept moving,We struck a loaded tanker truck loaded with deisel fuel that was stalled in the road and ripped it open and covered all of us with fuel.I hit my head on the front headach rack and woke up in the hospital,I was told several other men were hurt also,Under the rules for recieving the purple heart it can be awarded if you were hurt on a moving vehicle while under fire,I dont know if anyone recieved one ,I did not,I actually dident recieve one metal or ribbon other than the nationl defence ribbion until 10 years ago. A lot of us were not kept up with,I even had all my personal effects stolen but did recieve my Bible back somehow. Never understood why anyone would put their men in such grave danger on the road in VN after dark,but thats the way it went over there. Thanks to all the guys that served on A co 3rd plt...love you guys

Gary Doc Rose -- Mills River NC USA -- 12/02/2011
Email


4156. I have been contactd by Bruce Matthews,(coachbm1@aol.com) who in the midst of research of his Father's (James Matthews) Korean Service believes he has stumbled onto evidence that at least some of it was with the 35th Inf Reg, somewhere near Hadong (sp?) circa 1950 or '51. Civilian Personell Records tells him records lost back in the '70's. Can any of our Korean era people help?

Steve Rainbolt, Assoc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 12/02/2011
Email


4155. To all our Brothers and Now Sisters of the Cacti, Have a Blessed Christmas and may the New year be fruitful

Roger Ellis (Doc) -- Trinity FL USA -- 12/01/2011
Email


4154. On this date Nov. 29,,, C/2/35,,we set up camp on the beach for the night. I was the r.t.o. and that night I volunteer for night guard along side Raymond Rivera (Chicago) and Leon P Miller (New Orlean). As we were returning (Now Nov. 30) to LZ Baldy (?) Leon step on a booby trap after half the company had pass and lost his life. Never will forget Leon and hope you buddies remember him, too. RIP LeonP. Miller.

Samuel H Nieto -- Sinton TX USA -- 11/29/2011
Email


4153. Does anybody have information on Joe Garza who served with Delta Co 2/35 '67-'68 who live in San Antonio Texas.

Samuel H. Nieto -- Sinton TX USA -- 11/29/2011
Email


4152. I want to say I miss you uncle Dave I was only 4 y/o when you died but I still rememeber you in your casket, and still watch the old family films, RIP.

Mike Conatser -- Dunkirk IN USA -- 11/29/2011
Email


4151. Dear Diana Christy: Your father is listed among the KIA's on the Cacti Web site, with photo. Click on the KIA index. When the page loads, type in your last name in the name search, and his memorial will appear.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 11/28/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4150. Dear Cacti Brothers, I cannot see my Father's name in the index. I would like you to email me about it. I would also like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Blessing to you!

Diana K. Christy -- Edmonds WA USA -- 11/27/2011
Email


4149. With reference to Joe Ramos Jr, A/1/35TH; I have been in recent contact with Joe's nephew Johnny Tunches, who was only three when Joe was KIA..If there is anyone that served with Joe, attention weapons platoon, his nephew would love to hear from you.. No matter how insignificant it may seem to you it is a big deal to his nephew..For him to find out that I knew and remembered Joe after all these years was heartwarming for us both..His email is Johnny.Tunches@Sheriff.hctx.net..

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/27/2011
Email


4148. On this date November 27, 1967 and only four days after Thanksgiving SP4 Joe H Furch, PFC Greig Parkhurst, SP4 Joe Ramos Jr and 1LT Billie E Sandefur of A/1/35TH died for this country doing what they thought was right. Gone but never forgotten..

David C Crocker Sr -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/27/2011
Email


4147. I hope all had the best Thanksgiving as possible. God Bless all of you.

Ernest M. Correia -- Marion MA USA -- 11/26/2011
Email


4146. Sending this for my father in law who served between '43 and '45 recieving a silver star in the philipines. Charles holsinger who has written a book called Above the Cry of Battle. He was in company K, 1st platoon.

Charles Holsinger -- Upland IN USA -- 11/25/2011
Email


4145. Any one have contact info for Ron Barrios B 1/35?

Art Hughes --  USA -- 11/24/2011


4144. To all my Cacti Brothers and their families, here's hoping you have a joyful and happy Thanksgiving. As we gather around tables laden with all the trimmings of this holiday, take a minute and remember all of our brothers who are still in harms way; their families who will be celebrating one short at the table this year; and especially remember our brothers who didn't make it back from where our country posted them. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 11/23/2011
Email


4143. To all Cacti members and associates and family, Alicia and I just want to wish you the best, hope you all have a very enjoyable and blessed Thanksgiving. From a comrade-in-arms and A CACTI FOREVER, Wayne(Lucky)Lund and family.

Wayne D Lund -- San Antonio TX USA -- 11/23/2011
Email


4142. Hi Guys, Through the Cacti grapevine we have learned Augie Fernandez is terminally ill. Augie served with A,1/35th, 1966. Augie is serene with his condition and welcomes Cacti contacts. His vitals are below.... Augustin Fernandez622 East 20th StNYC, NY 10009-142Phone: 212-228-7619Email: fernandeza135@aol.com

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/23/2011
Email


4141. Cacti John Fielding has provided the following information. Tony Bisantz's Memorial Service is December 10 at Buxton, NC (Outer Banks). The locals will provide free housing for up to five people attending. For details, please contact John at 239-267-8977. John will be doing the eulogy. Dick

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/23/2011
Email


4140. Just got off the phone with Karl Hawkins of Kokomo, IN, who I met during Basic @ Ft Knox, 45 years ago! He & I were sent to Tigerland together, but lost track of each other when he was rotated to A 1/35, while I was an OCS hold-over, later sent to A 2/35. How ironic that he now lives in the Dallas area, which we went through on the way to San Antonio, last July! Hopefully he will be joining the Assoc soon, and he and I will be reunited again. Thanks for your service Karl!

Steve Rainbolt, Assoc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 11/22/2011
Email


4139. Just remembering this day, 11-21-1969. Honor, Curtis Frantz and Robert Worthen. Accidental death due to faulty 4.2 Mortar Round. Exploded while being stack in the parapit...... Also, Donald Boyles, warrant officer from HHC 1/35 KIA'd in ambush on convey returning from the Oasis to Camp Enari. Tragic error in judgment by command to let convoy leave the Oasis at dark and return to Camp Enari.... they were ambushed enroute. I salute these fallen veterans. I count my blessings and give thanks that I was one of the lucky ones.

Pete Manuguerra -- Medina OH USA -- 11/21/2011
Email


4138. Forty two years-5-months ago my brother Tom was KIA at a firebase near Pleiku,Vietnam on 5-12-1969. I am very proud of and miss him very much! Thank You to Lisa Lark & Pete Manuguerra for the 1st real account of what happened that terrible day in the lives of the "GENTINNE FAMILY" Anyone else that was there, please contact me. With the utmost respect--Alan Gentinne

Alan Gentinne -- Dearborn MI USA -- 11/19/2011
Email


4137. Looking for anyone who served 1964 to 1966 in Vietnam with my dad Harry Andrews. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

David Lucy -- Fulton KY USA -- 11/17/2011
Email


4136. FYI .. Bill Wilds and myself are reaching out to Lisa Lark regarding Lt. Gentine. Both of us were at the Rock Quarry that day in May 1969. Hope her posting will prompt others from our unit to surface. Hope to see you all in Denver next year.

Pete Manuguerra -- Medina OH USA -- 11/16/2011
Email


4135. Hello. I am writing on behalf of the family of Lt. Thomas Gentinne, who was killed at Rock Quarry Firebase on 5/12/1969. He was the platoon leader of Alpha Company 1/35.

Lisa Lark -- Dearborn MI USA -- 11/15/2011
Email


4134. in memory of Lt Randall Schafferalways in our memory 3rd plt bravo

 --  USA -- 11/15/2011


4133. I've come to this guestbook in a "round-about" way. My father, Jackie, "Jack", Lee Marler passed away 10MAY2011. Today, (14NOV2011), he and my mother would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. (She survives.) Going through photos and paperwork from Dad's time in service, I ran across several black and white photographs that included one of Dad's buddies, Everett Light. Spent many hours today in researching Everett and chanced upon this site. He and Dad served together while stationed at Lee Barracks, Mainz-Gonssenheim, Germany. I believe both were with "C" Company, 1st ABG, 504th INF, 82nd ABN DIV. The photos show Everett in candid photos and all with a smile and vigor that only youth can exude. It is my estimation these images date from DEC 1958 to NOV 1960. Should anyone be interested in copies, it would be an honor to scan and email them. In memory of Dad, Sgt Jack L. Marler; 502nd/101st & 504th/82nd. Sincere regards, John F. Marler

John Marler -- Franklin TN USA -- 11/14/2011
Email


4132. Attention: WILLIAM HERNANDEZ who posted on 11/12/11 looking for anybody who served with your father---I have been looking for him!!!! I couldn't access your e-mail. PLEASE contact me 919/471-2352 or cpgay@rocketmail.com

Curtis Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 11/14/2011
Email


4131. Would appreciate information from anyone who knew or served with my brother, Walter Earl Duncan, who died in Vietnam 20 May 1967. He was with Co A 1st Battalion, 35 Regiment 25 Infantry Division.

Linda Thompson -- Harpers Ferry WV USA -- 11/14/2011
Email


4130. To the Nephew or Niece of Herbert David Horner who posted a couple of days ago. I served in Bravo Co at the same time as "Little Red". I didn't knowhim in country as we were in different platoons but in recent years I have talked to guys in the 2nd platoon who served with him. "Little Red" was very young and was much loved and a bit of a mascot for the 2nd platoon. I know that his death was devasting for all of these guys. I know that he lives in the memories of all of these men. I was able a few years ago to visit his grave and say a prayer for Little Red and offer a salute from all of his old friends. God Bless your family for your loss. Little Red will always be remembered. -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 11/13/2011
Email


4129. My father Served with A 2/35Inf 3rd squad 3rd platoon from July 66 thru July 67. His name is William Hernandez from Aguas Buenas, PR. If anyone remembers him feel free to contact me.

William Hernandez -- Brighton CO USA -- 11/12/2011
Email


4128. To my Uncle, whom I never had the pleasure to meet, I am proud of your service. Your memory lives today, and you are not forgotten. You are missed dearly. Spec Herbert David Horner And thank you to those who have thought enough of him to place him on this site.

 -- Kingsport TN USA -- 11/11/2011


4127. Hi to those that served in Korea.

Walter C. Hickman -- Mission TX USA -- 11/11/2011
Email


4126. Happy Veterans Day Cacti! Rembering our friend Tom Kehoe and my father Everette E. Johnson rest in peace.

Mike Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 11/11/2011
Email


4125. ....I'm popping smoke down here ....happy vet day to all who have served...I served from 1972 through 1976 ...if I had to I would do it all over again...but I'm glad i don't have to !!!!!

larry frias jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 11/11/2011
Email


4124. My brothers in arms, may you all be well on this Veterans Day. I thank each and everyone of you for serving and helping to keep this country great. Many times people forget that they are special for just being themselves. That is the truth with the Cacti. I am proud to be a veteran and a Cacti. At this time I ask that everyone remember 3 Cacti that fell on November 11, 1968 in and ambush below LZ Jean near DUC CO. On this day 43 year ago Delta 1/35 lost John Bratton, Jim Humphrey, and Gary Rust. I salute these brave young men and always will. Thank You. "Doc" Olea. Cacti, be well my brothers and I hope to see you at the next reunion in Colorado.

Forrest Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 11/11/2011
Email


4123. I served with HHC 1/35 in the late 70s. I was a food serv spec and also participated in Kangaroo III. Is anyone out there who was in my unit at that time? Or with the Wolfhounds? Feel free to contact me. Thanks.

Steve Frazier -- Pueblo CO USA -- 11/11/2011
Email


4122. On Nov. 13, I would like to pay tribute to one of the Greatest Men, Soldier, Patriot, Leader, and Brother I have ever had the Honor of serving with and being associated with in my life. His name was Kenneth Randall Eisenhour, know to the men that HE LED, as Lt. Ike. Ike was KIA on Nov. 13, 1967, Leading his Platoon (1st Plt., B Co., 1/35, 4th ID) on a combat assault. He was LOVED by all the men in his Platoon. He Led His Men by EXAMPLE and showing Deep Concern for all of them. He was just like Brother (that I never had) to me, and I Loved Him like that Brother. For the past 44 years, I have thought about and missed Ike Dearly. When it's my time to go, I sure hope I go to Heaven, because I KNOW Ike is there. God Bless you Ike, and I LOVE YOU.

Michael Hogan -- Frisco TX USA -- 11/10/2011
Email


4121. Happy Veteran's Day all you CACTI Brothers. Don't forget to make it to Applebee's on Veteran's Day, for a complimentary meal. I went last year and it's a lot better than a can of Cs or Hot As.

Joe Soga -- Kutztown PA USA -- 11/09/2011
Email


4120. With special memories of SP4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67 - my sincere best wishes and thanks to all that serve and have served. God Bless You One And All.

a friend --  USA -- 11/09/2011


4119. On this date 44 years ago on 11/9/1967, A/1/35 would continue with their loses when Robert L. Hale, Donald S. Holke, James R. Howard, Dennis R. Podgorny, Billy Templeton, Freddie L. Thomas Jr., Quinn W. Tichenor and Tyrone Wright paid the ultimate sacrifice..Gone but certainly never forgotten.

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/09/2011
Email


4118. I am sitting here watching Vietnam HD on the History Channel. My father passed away a few years ago, but I know he's sitting here watching it with me. The smell of cigarette smoke is all around. That's the smell I smell when I "feel" him all around. I am still curious if anyone knew him. I had posted on the guestbook a few months ago with all his information, but his name was Francis B. Higgins III. Please let me know if anyone knew of him. He was from Reading, PA.

Erin -- Reading PA USA -- 11/09/2011
 -- http://E7677@aol.com


4117. Today I emailed approx 340 Fall Issues of the Cacti Times in living color. If you do not receive your copy, drop me a note so my records can be checked. Many are being returned undeliverable. John Lorts, Assoc Editor is to be congratulated for the fine work on it. He will begin sending "snail mail" copies later this week.

Steve Rainbolt, Assoc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 11/08/2011
Email


4116. I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. My father, James Carroll Bandy, served from 1950 to 1952. He told me he was in the 35th Infantry, 25th Army. Is this the right organization? I would like to get the history of his service. Could you help me? Thank you. Cheri Bandy Foust

Cheri Bandy Foust -- Harriman TN USA -- 11/06/2011
Email


4115. The first photo is 3rd Brigade Hq. LZ Montezuma. Beach scene is definately R&R center at China Beach.

Art Johnson -- Stanwood WA USA -- 11/06/2011
Email


4114. Hi Guys, Was sent this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46064258@N08/sets/72157623231555600/detail/?page=2 At bottom is some pics of a 3rd Bde award ceremony, mid-late 1967. Anyone recognize anyone or the locale? Thanks, Dick

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 11/05/2011
Email


4113. AMG Medical, Inc of Alpharetta, GA will distribute 36,000 folding canes to Veterans @ the 600 Sam's Clubs, nation-wide, Nov 9-11. The canes will be given on a first-come basis, and Sam's Club membership is NOT required. Veteran's need to show proof of service. (DD214, Discharge, etc.) Each location will have 60 canes to give away.

Steve Rainbolt, Assoc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 10/31/2011
Email


4112. On Veterans Day the John M. West American Leigon Post 408 Derby/Haysville Ks. is going to dedicate a new sign on the Post with his name. John and I were in HHC (recon) 1/35 together in 66-67. He was KIA 31 March 67. I am going to ride from Sacramento to Derby for the ceremony. If any one has any photos of John when he was in Vietnam I would be grateful for a copy. Also if you have any memories of him would also like to share. Please send me an e-mail cactiron@mac.com

ronald d ray -- sacramento ca USA -- 10/29/2011
Email -- http://cactiron.com


4111. My father was in Co.L in 1927 and I have a Christmas menu and Co. picture and roster. Would it belong in archives of the regiment? Contact me at mhirk@aol.com. I would not like this to end up in the trash if it has some value to history.

Michael Hirkala -- Cocoa Beach FL USA -- 10/28/2011
Email


4110. Just got back from the Combat Infantrymen's Association convention in Myrtle Beach,NC and had a great time associating with heroes from WWII through the current wars. If you don't belong to this great organization, check out the website -- http://cibassoc.com ---If you live in North Carolina, contact me.I am the new State Commander. First year membership is free for Iraq/Afghanistan Vets!

Curtis Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 10/24/2011
Email


4109. On Oct. 22, 1967 Eugene Naylor, Co E ,1st Bn/35th Inf.(Recon)was KIA along with his buddy , Roger Romine. I have been told that they were part of a Recon Platoon making a security sweep at the base of a mountain called LZ Mary Lou. Eugene was from Kentucky and Roger was from W. Virginia. Eugene was awarded a Silver Star for his actions on that day. I just wanted to post this in memory of the two of them.

Joyce Davis -- Danville KY USA -- 10/21/2011
Email


4108. I was hoping to contact any family members of Keith Emerson Bennett, who lived in Eagleville, MO and was killed in action on Sniper Ridge during the Korean War conflict. I want the family to know, that I have raised my 5 children to know what a brave man Keith Bennett was, and how he saved many lives that day on Sniper Ridge... including my father. Keith and my Dad became best friends. My Dad could hardly speak his name without getting emotional, and he never ever forgot Keith. In everything he did, he felt Keith was with him. Please help me find he family, so I can make contact with them.Thank you,Susan Sessions Huckvale

Susan Huckvale -- Camas WA USA -- 10/21/2011
Email


4107. My final respects go out to my C.O. Anthony Bisantz, A-1st 35th, Class of 1966. Thank you for your service and dedication to duty. It was an honor to have served with you and others in Vietnam. It was a special moment to have seen you at the Pittsburgh Reunion after 44 years. My thoughts and prayers go out to Charlotte and the rest of the family. Rest in peace Tony.Marcos (Marc) Cadriel Jr.A-1st 35th , 1966

Marcos Cadriel Jr. -- Peoria AZ USA -- 10/20/2011
Email


4106. FYI: On Thur, 27 Oct, local channel 20 (PBS) will televise a one hour documentary titled, "Journey of the Beams." It describes IFD "First Responder, "Greg Hess's sucessful efforts to have placed in Indpls, original beams from the cowardly acts of 9/11. The Port of Authority of New York/New Jersey granted his appeal, and the documentary describes their journey from there to Indy, much of it done in imcliment weather w/motorcycle escort. Dept of Ind ALR & the "Cacti" Assoc were represented throughout by me! If not in your area, call your local affiliate and ask why not!

Steve Rainbolt, Assoc Sec'y -- Plainfield IN USA -- 10/20/2011
Email


4105. Today I had the opportunity to attend the Dedication Ceremony of only the second bridge in the nation to be named a "Medal of Honor" bridge. (Both are in Indiana.) In attendence were 8 surviving MOH Recipients from WWII, Korea & RVN. The biggest thrill for me was when I was able to ask Kenneth E. Stumpf if "he was a Cacti?" He was and is, and was awarded the MOH for actions near Duc Pho in April, 1967, while with C 1/35. He sent greetings to all Cacti, and especially Dick Arnold.

Steve Rainbolt -- Plainfield IN USA -- 10/19/2011
Email


4104. Dear Cacti Brothers,I just wanted to let you know that I had a chance to visit Schofield Barracks on Oct. 12th. I took a few photos which I will post with Doc and Pete of Bravo Company. It sure felt good to finally visit our home base but it would have been nice if our batallion was not in Afganistan. Milly and I toured the area and stopped in the BX and did a little trinket shopping. We had a fine lunch on the North Beach of Oahu and watched a Hawaiian sunset from Turtle Beach. I look forward to seeing you all in Denver.

Ted Balzarini -- Marquette MI USA -- 10/17/2011
Email


4103. John Fielding, don't know if you are in between Florida and Conneticut, give me a ring

Roger (Doc) Ellis -- Trinity FL USA -- 10/17/2011
Email


4102. Sadly, Dick Arnold has been informed that Tony Bisantz, A Co. 1/35, 1965-66, passed away Oct. 13, 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 10/16/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4101. ”Anthony E. Bisantz died peacefully at home on Hatteras Island on October 13, 2011.” Good-bye Sir, Thanks to your leadership, I stand here today to offer you a parting Hand Salute

L. Melton -- Chicago IL USA -- 10/16/2011
Email


4100. Please disregard my previous entry about Dwight Davis he is alive and well! Anyone I caused any grief you have my heart felt apology. I had received some wrong info, and it is my fault for not checking it out before posting. Dwight I bet your glad I'm wrong! Sorry Brother

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 10/14/2011
Email


4099. Gentlemen we have 6 new war stories from Dwight Davis who is no longer with us. They were submitted by Cliff Westwood creator of the first cacti website. Thank You Cliff Tiny War Stories Editor

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 10/13/2011
Email


4098. 1/35 Inf. Nov. 13. I was there that day when lt.Ike was K.I.A. 1967. God bless all of you that are alive today. Sandy. 4duece morters and r.t.o. bravo co.

David R. Saunders (Sandy) -- Dayton OH USA -- 10/13/2011
Email


4097. Anyone knowing PFC. John Andrew Burzawa, Jr. of Joliet, Illinois. K.I.A. Jan 25 1968 at Quang Nam, SVN, D CO. 1st Bat. 35th INF REG. 4th Inf. Div. Seeking info for son who never met his dad. Please help.

Dave Twombly, Sr. -- Midlothian IL USA -- 10/13/2011
Email


4096. Just getting to use a computor after all these years. A big Hi to anybody in B company 3rd Brigrade in 1966...And a Thank you to Marshall Jackson who sent me a packet in 2006 and have just took another look at it...Going to try and get in touch with some of the names I remember...It is hard to believe that it was 45 years ago...

Philip B Walton -- Presque Isle ME USA -- 10/11/2011
Email


4095. Praying for Rick Rykowsi's family. Served with him 1967. A great leader and solider. I was with him on March 12 and the 21st. He was seriously wounded on the 21st. We lost several great men that day. Jim Lanning became our CO and I was his RTO

Jim Phillips -- Cookeville TN USA -- 10/06/2011
Email


4094. my name is mike nicolazzo they called me nick, i am looking for any one that was in my regiment or knows of it. please send any replys to jimmie.nicolazzo@gmail.com 1952/1954 cacti/fox co.

mike nicolazzo -- Butler PA USA -- 10/01/2011
Email


4093. The funeral for our friend Ronald B "Rick" Rykowski will be held on Oct 4th, 2011 at 12:30 PM at the Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA. I encourage any Cacti who are in the area to attend, if at all possible. If you have ever been to a Cacti reunion you know Rick. Always one of the loudest voices in the room. Always one of the most sincere and nicest guys you will ever meet. A true Cacti hero. Please, if you can, help give Rick and family a true Cacti farewell and let us know about the day. Thanks and God Bless.-- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 09/29/2011
Email


4092. September 29 and 30, 1969 - the Chu Pau's. If you were there you'll remember and remember Tom, Scotty and Ananian. If you didn't make the trip - Won't mean nothin. Rest easy guys until we meet again.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 09/28/2011
Email


4091. In memory of Thomas Price, Duane Scott, and John Ananion. All KIA on the 29th and 30th of Sept 1969. Chu Pau's. Your memory lives on in many minds. Rest in Peace Brothers!!!!Ole

Alan Olsen -- Overland Park KS USA -- 09/28/2011
Email


4090. Doc Hall has informed us that Ronald "Rick" Rykowski, C Co. 2/35 1966-67 passed away Sept. 24. Rick was truly a remarkable man. We thank his wife Ro for sharing him with us.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice President -- Rocky River OH USA -- 09/25/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4089. In loving memory of Roger Alan Fulkerson, KIA 9/25/1968. His amazing daughter and grandchildren will assure that he goes on. Thank you to all his Cacti brothers who have honored and remembered him.

Jeanne Griffin Smith -- Sacramento CA USA -- 09/25/2011
Email


4088. Hi,I am writing to find out if anyone possibly knew my father. He recently passed away, and I am trying to find out some more information about his time in Vietnam. His name was Francis Higgins III and the following info was written in the return address spot on the letters written to my mom. Sgt Francis B. Higgins IIIUS 51917810Co. A 1st Bn 35th Inf 4th Inf. Div. I know that he was stationed in Plekiu near the Cambodian boarder. If anyone has any info or knowledge of him, please get in touch with me, or email me. I am trying to learn as much as possible about his time there, as well as the people he was with. I have numerous pictures with him and other soldiers and it would be nice to know who they are too. Thanks! Erin Higgins

Erin Higgins -- Reading PA USA -- 09/25/2011
Email


4087. A, HHC, B Co's 1997-2001 Loved it there, great unit!

Robert Luck -- Dover TN USA -- 09/22/2011
Email


4086. This is to Walter Allen Twyford, Sir I understand your frustration. The one thing I have learned while dealing with our brothers and our personal memorys of the war and actions we were in is that not a one person remembers the events that took place, the exact same way as I do. I remember one fire fight we were in and a friend of mine was called across the peremiter while were under heavy fire, and was told to get a sniper out of a tree with his 60. He passed right by my fox hole and I told him to be careful, well he was successful and was not killed of injured. I met him on my first reunion and we talked about what he had done. His answer was "I don't remember that". It set me back because I have remembered that fire fight and what he did for the past 40 some years. Respectfully what I'm saying is that we all remember what went on over there from our own perspective,not that anyone is wrong or right. Hope maybe you could look at it with empathy for the person that wrote the account. Thanks for sharing Doc Rose.

Gary Doc Rose -- Mills River NC USA -- 09/22/2011
Email


4085. Joseph Lydon, M.D., HHC 1/35 Korea 1953 has passed away. Minooka Joe was a beloved healer in Rocky River, OH.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 09/22/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4084. MY FATHER WAS PFC. GUY ALVIN BALLARD SR. KILLED JULY 1ST 1953 DEFENDING HIS COUNTRY IN THE KOREAN WAR.MY SON CAME UPON THIS SITE AND WE READ THE MEMORIAL FOR MY FATHER WHOM I NEVER HAD THE PRIVELEGE TO KNOW. I AM SO PROUD TO BE APART OF THE 35TH INFANTRY FAMILY AND TO NOW KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHERS. MY FAMILY WOULD LOVE TO HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES THAT THE FAMILIES OF THE 35TH ARE APART OF. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEND A PICTURE OF MY FATHER TO PUT IN THE PLACE OF THE PIC AREA OF HIS MEMORIAL PAGE. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE AND TO SHED A TEAR TO THE ONLY MEMORIES I HAVE ARE ALL HEAR SAY BUT ONE THING IS TRUE MY FATHER IS MY HERO. THANKS AGAIN LOVE THROUGH CHRIST, THE PROUD GUY ALVIN BALLARD JR. AND FAMILYONLY MEMORIES I HAVE

GUY ALVIN BALLARD JR -- Iron Station NC USA -- 09/21/2011
Email


4083. Walter, your comments (Item 4081) regarding the Ivy Leaf narrative for the Tan Phong battle are appreciated. Not many of us were there, so the published account approved by the 4th ID in the Division newspaper 45-years-ago is what was available to us -- if that is the material you refer to. I encourage you to renew your membership and submit your account of what transpired that day. We all know that truth is the first casualty of war. It is equally true that individuals have recklessly distorted the "facts" of things that happened in Vietnam -- sometimes because perceptions differ about what transpired, but more often to further political, personal or career goals. If the narrative I've mentioned is the one you are addressing, to say it makes the Association appear "sloppy and unattentive to detail" is gratuitous. Share the facts as you know them with the rest of us, as you did with Capt. Walker's widow and children. Submit the article to the editor of the Association's "Cacti Times" and address the specific errors you are aware of in the Ivy Leaf's battle account.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice President -- Rocky River OH USA -- 09/14/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4082. I am a Viet Nam Vet and served 1/67-2/68, part of my tour with the 4th ID. I am guest curating a special exhibit at the Heritage Museum on Vashon Island, WA called 'Home of Record: Vashon and the Vietnam War'. We are paying tribute to the 12 Vashon sons lost in the war. Included is Donald Holke, KIA 11/9/67. Among the Guests of Honor at the reception 6-9 pm on Oct 7, 2011 will be Clare 'Bunny' West(formerly Holke) who directed me to your site. Gentlemen, I salute you for your great work in creating and maintaining such a fine website.

Christopher Gaynor -- Vashon WA USA -- 09/13/2011
Email


4081. The narrative you have displayed for the "the battle of tan phong" has many errors. That's a shame as it reflects on us as sloppy and unattentive to detail. I was Cpt. Walker's 1st platoon leader that day and he would have been pissed to know that the facts have been tossed willy nilly to the wind just so higher ups who were not on the ground that night could boast....this has real consequences as I was the officer who had to explain to his wife and two daughters what really happened to him 29may67, regards, WAT,1lt.INF.USAR

walter allen twyford -- chandler AZ USA -- 09/13/2011
Email


4080. I've created a closed Facebook Group for the 35th Infantry Regiment, meaning non-members can't read the posts. If you are on Facebook, a Cacti, and want to join the Group, please contact me as a number of the San Antonio reunion attendees email addresses are no good. If you would rather not participate, I certainly understand. The point of the Group is to keep Association members united and in routine contact using the social media your children and grandchildren do . The Group is NOT to be used for political or commercial purposes.

Bill Henson, Executive Vice Pres. -- Rocky River OH USA -- 09/11/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4079. I served with CO D 1/35TH 4TH INF 1969 - 1970.

Alan Wood -- Sahuarita AZ USA -- 09/06/2011
Email -- http://15829 via puente del valle


4078. Just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful time during the reunion here in San Antonio. Since this was my first I was telling someone at a table in the lobby that my name was Wayne Lund, A man behind me said "SGT LUND, I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU FOR THE PAST 44 YEARS", What a shocker, It was Jim Brown, my medic from Recon 1/35. Seeing Jim and so many other comrades like Tony Caggiano, T.J.Blue, Ron Ray, Chuck Norris, Teddy Bear Carpenter, Bill Bitautas, Don Johnson, and many, many more, brought back memories and was wonderful talking to all the others that I meet there. As I told everyone, this was my first reunion but it will definitely not be my last. I am looking forward to the reunion in Colorado, can hardly wait. From A comrade-in-arms and A CACTI FOREVER, Wayne(Lucky)Lund

Wayne D. Lund -- San Antonio TX USA -- 09/05/2011
Email


4077. On this day 16 Brave Cacti sacrificed all in Korea. Join me in giving them a thought this day.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 09/03/2011
Email


4076. I'm trying to determine my Uncles regiment in WW2. I know he was in the 25th ID and I know he was in a Company "C". He was KIA 10 April 1945 on Luzon near Putlan. His name is Joseph MIchael Caruso, S Sargent USA Ser.#32658642 Enlisted 8 Dec. 1942. Thank you for any help you may give me.

Joseph M. Strawser -- Lancaster OH USA -- 08/29/2011
Email


4075. My father Robert Jerry Kelley served in Company M 35th Infantry in 1943 to 1946.

Penny Kelley -- Folsom CA USA -- 08/28/2011
Email


4074. Seen a post by Gordon Grey, don't know if he remembers me but we arrived at the same time in Pleiku, I have a picture of him if he has a email other than outlook. Let me know and I'll get him the picture.

Gary Doc Rose -- Mills River NC USA -- 08/26/2011
Email


4073. My grandfather, Thomas Gorman was in the 35th unit. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was at Schofield Barricks. Then went on to the Phillipine Islands.

Curtis Steffey -- Columbia SC USA -- 08/18/2011
Email


4072. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLES "CHARLIE" T. NEWTON JR. YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN 83 ON AUGUST 9, 2011YOU, YOUR LIFE AND YOUR ARTWORK IS NOW ON FACEBOOK (CHARLES T. NEWTON - ARTIST)AS A REMEMBRANCE....YOUR SON, BILL

WILLIAM T. NEWTON -- REISTERSTOWN MD USA -- 08/16/2011
Email


4071. I'm glad to see the men enjoyed the reunion. It would have been wonderful if it were held in a place the men of WWII and Korea could have afforded. Perhaps this can be considered for future reunions, then we of the earlier times could be in attendance.

Frank L. Marks -- Omaha NE USA -- 08/13/2011
Email -- http://f Co, 35th 43-45


4070. I served with the 1/35 CO D Vietnam 4th inf div 1969 & 1971

Alan S. Woo (Woody) -- Sahuarita AZ USA -- 08/13/2011
Email


4069. Thank you CACTI Association for including KIA family members at yearly reunions. Meeting and talking with those who knew my husband Jerry P. Laird has been a HUGE blessing in my life. My gratitude to all who work endless hours to make the reunion enjoyable for all cacti and their families!!!! Zema Laird

Zem C. Laird -- Columbus GA USA -- 08/08/2011
Email


4068. Just returned yesterday from a post-Reunion stay at San Antone. Did more research on the Regiment and was able to eat Lunch on Wednesday in the middle of the old Cacti Barracks area(a Whopper with chesse and a Dr. Pepper). It's in the middle of Government Family Quarters but was able to locate it with the outstanding help of Mr John Mangusco(sp?) and his excellent Staff at the Fort Sam Houston Museum. I would also like to thank Esther Garcia of the Army Medical Department Center & School PAO Office for the excellent way in which she arranged a tour of the Combat Medic Training Facilities on Thursday the 28th of last Month. My "Hat's off" also to "Doc" Johnson for making the arrangements for that tour. Someone suggested that the next time we come back that we might be able to "Chow Down" at the Dining Facility(that's Mess Hall to all of us "Old Heads", then take a ride out to Camp Bullis to watch the Medics do some of their Field Training(if so, then don't forget your Boonie Hat, Sunscreen and Canteen).I hope to see y'all in Denver next year. CACTI Forever,Tom

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 08/06/2011
Email


4067. Anthony Hein gave the ultimate sacrifice on 8-7-1968. He has been thought about everyday for the last 43 years. Our country lost a fine man and he will never be forgotten.

Ronald T Hogan -- Seaford DE USA -- 08/06/2011
Email


4066. Would the person who sent me the story for our war stories section about the goat in Afghanistan please send it to me again. Somehow I've lost it. Wiley Dodd War Stories Editor

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 08/05/2011
Email


4065. This Sunday August 7th is Purple heart day,Honoring all Purple Heart reciptients.Lets honor our cacti warriors for their sacrafices.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 08/05/2011
Email


4064. I am so excited to find this page and see Richard Bryant's picture. We were friends in 66-67. I lived in Allen Junction, Mullens, WV when we met. He was so kind, nice, handsome just an all around great guy. My heart was broken when I found he had been killed in action. I have never forgotten him even after all these yrs. My brother lives in Sophia but does not know where this cemetary is, if some does will you please tell me how to find it.. Thank you for posting this info. Virginia Hoge Williams

Virginia H Williams -- Belmont NC USA -- 08/05/2011
Email


4063. Great reunion, thanks to all that helped to make the Cacti reunion the best.

Tom Mahon -- Inverness FL USA -- 08/03/2011
Email


4062. My uncle was a member of 35th Company B in WWII and was killed on 20 May 1945. I have his album and have sent some "stuff" for your files. If any of the real old timers have any memory of that time, or my uncle, I'd love to hear the stories. I do have what I think it the official history of the battle of Balete Pass, but would love to hear real stories. Reb BacchusHM2 - 1966-1970

Reb Bacchus -- Georgetown TX USA -- 08/02/2011
Email


4061. A special thank you to Charlie Company 2/35 for your generous donations to Captain Lanning's church. He was totally surprised and deeply appreciative. Charlie Company always there when you need them."

Charlie Company C 2/35 --  USA -- 08/02/2011
Email


4060. Remembering my brother- Robert Shook KIA Aug 2-69- Also thanking all the friends I have made through the Cacti- God bless you all.

Fred Shook -- Adel GA USA -- 08/02/2011
Email


4059. Got back yesterday from the reunion. What a great time we had! AS always I might add. Looking forward to next year.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 08/02/2011
Email


4058. My brother Tony and I had a great time at the reunion. The reason we have such a great time is because of the family we all call "Cacti". The work and dedication put forth by the officers and those that coordinate the facilities is absolutely humbling. Thank each and everyone that attended this year. I hope to see you all and additional ones next year. Cacti Forever. "Doc" Olea

Forrest Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 08/02/2011
Email


4057. I was talking to some of you about not getting my Purple Heart for being wounded May 19 1967. When I got the mail today the Army awarded me my Purple Heart It is 44years 2mo and 12 days late But I received it. Again I had a great time with all of you. Jim New Purple Heart recipient

James Brown SSG Retired -- Portland TN USA -- 08/02/2011
Email


4056. Goooooooood morning to all...What a great reunion it was...walking around I heard number of times, " I wonder whatever happened to so and so." I am certain names or nicknames came up so let us do what we can to find those long lost Cacti buddies you served with. The membership commitee has done pretty good at seaching (and finding) our pals with small bits of infomation. So, while you are pumped up and filled with P & V, send me an e-mil with whatever you remember about someone that we may be able to find. We are all getting "long in the fangs" so please send whatever you can remember about anyone and we will get after it.take care, TAKE ARM's and GOD BLESS all of us Terry Savely SR .VP of MEMBERSHIPHHC 2/35 8-68/8-69

Terry Savely -- Sugar Land TX USA -- 08/02/2011
 -- http://tsavely@knust.com


4055. My wife and I had a great time visiting San Antonio and revisiting all of the members of "D" company that Doc Olea wanted to see in addition to any others that were there. It makes it easier to say that than to type in all of your names. Keep in touch if anything out of the usual comes up.

Doc Gray -- Staunton IL USA -- 08/02/2011
Email


4054. Sad news, MG Philip Feir former BN Commander 2nd BN 35th IN died 7-14-2011 (Source West Point Association of Graduates) MG Feir was the commander of 2/35 during the Battle of 10 Alfa and his decision to reinforce B co 2/35th with A co 1/35th is credited with saving many lives and the success of the mission.

Charles H Beauchamp -- Salem OR USA -- 07/31/2011
Email


4053. Had a great time seeing all of you great heros and the recon Men I was with in 1966-67 1/35 and I hope to see you all again in CO next year. Thank you for a great time!!!!! Witch doctor James (Jim) Brown

James Brown SSG Retired -- Portland TN USA -- 07/31/2011
Email


4052. ....on your feet cacti,im popping smoke....have a funeral to attend over the weekend, plus i have to work on friday so i will not be able to attend this years reunion sadly to say !! i do wish the 35th a very happy and successful reunion there in San Antonio !! good luck and god speed to the 35th of the 25th...once a cacti always a cacti !!

Larry Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 07/29/2011
Email


4051. Be safe, enjoy San Antonio, enjoy each other , return home safely and hoping to see you next year Doc Ellis Cacti in RVN Dec 65 thru Jan 67, but got to Schofield in mid 61.

Roger (Doc) Ellis -- Trinity FL USA -- 07/29/2011
Email


4050. My brother Tony and I will be arriving in San Antonio mid-afternoon on Thursday. I look forward to seeing all Cacti especially "DOC" Gray, Mike Kerr, Jack "TOP" Farmer, Larry Tefteller, Joel Mayne, Rodger Leffler, Barrie Windell, Jack Edwards, Ray Maylan, Jim Beddingfield, Dave Collins, Joe Skillings, Dave Collins, Phil Landis, Jerry Walden, Frank DeLerosa "Pancho", and the list goes on. Cacti Forever Bros. Doc Olea

Forrest "DOC" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 07/27/2011
Email


4049. Just a note of interest. If anyone is a Dallas cowboys fan, they will start practice on Thursday 28 July at the Alamo Dome. Admittance is free.

Wayne D. Lund -- San Antonio TX USA -- 07/26/2011
Email


4048. My wife and I will be arriving in San Antonio sometime Thursday morning. We are driving from Oklahoma and leaving Wednesday morning. Looking forward to seeing any guys from HHC 1/35 Recon who served during 1966. See you in San Antonio. Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 07/26/2011
Email


4047. Linda and I should be in San Antonio sometime late Thursday afternoon. I hope it's just as hot there as it is in St. Louis. If it's not, then my Texas tan is just burning my skin. Hope to see Doc Olea.Doc Gray

Gordon T. Gray -- Staunton IL USA -- 07/25/2011
Email


4046. My wife and I are arriving Wednesday afternoon about 3PM, we are looking forward to seeing everyone and enjoying your company.A big thank you to Frank DeLaRosa for his help getting the PX to Texas.

Joe Henderson -- Levittown PA USA -- 07/24/2011
Email


4045. Charles Scott a korean war member served with 1st Bn.C Co. He wrote an article about Hill 431 in the Greybeards magazine. He mentions some interesting subjects, which I wish he would write about them in war stories section of this web site. The Greybeards is the magazine/news letter recieved quarterly by KWVA members.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 07/23/2011
Email


4044. 28 Cacti gave all in Korea on this date. Please give them a thought today.

ley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 07/22/2011
Email


4043. My husband is current in 2/35th deployed to Afghanistan- Take Arms

Melissa D Cohn -- Wahiawa HI USA -- 07/22/2011
Email


4042. Reunion Hotel Shuttle Info from Kathy Holleran: I checked with the hotel regarding their shuttle...The shuttle charges $18 per person one way to our hotel...a cab averages $25. This distance is less than 10 miles. We’ll grab a cab

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 07/21/2011
Email


4041. Was very honored and humbled to be selected Dept of Ind, "Rider of the Year," by the American Legion during their State Convention last weekend! Was also nominated by the State ALR, during their portion of the same Convention, for the office of State Chaplain. Look very forward to seeing the regulars again soon in San Antonio, and perhaps some new faces, too. A 2/35 always!

Steve Rainbolt -- Plainfield IN USA -- 07/20/2011
Email


4040. See you in San Antonio!

Bobby Don Shelton -- Granbury TX USA -- 07/15/2011
Email


4039. July 15, 1967 - 44 years ago on this day, Dan(Red)Archer and Armundo Villa, C/1/35, died in a battle that lasted several hours in the jungle SW of Duc Pho. These heros paid the ultimate price. Say a prayer for their souls CACTI.

John Cavender -- Dahlonega GA USA -- 07/15/2011
Email


4038. On 1/20/1967 I was the medic with Recon 1/35 when Stg Kent was KIA and Teddy Bear and I pulled him back along with others that day the NVA had taken his shirt and M16 before we got to him, so that is where the SSG shirt came from. Any one wanting to e-mail me please at rtrnjlb@dishmail.net I was the medic from jul 1966-jun1967

James Brown SSG Retired -- Portland TN USA -- 07/14/2011
Email


4037. I was in Recon 1/35 Jul 1966- Jun 1967 as the medic. I would like for any one that was there when I was there to e-mail.

James Brown SSG Retired -- Portland TN USA -- 07/14/2011
Email


4036. The Grandson of a Korean War Cacti has contacted Doc Johnson in hopes of finding a way to verify an incident that his Grandfather told him about. The Grandfather is William Bernard Woltkamp and he was a part of the 35th Infantry 1st Battalion PNA Platoon-Combat Engineers. On Sept 10th, 1950 all ( or many) of his platoon were taken prisoner. “He really didn’t know it until their rifles were confiscated”. “They were able to escape when one evening one of the soldiers over powered a guard who was sleeping and they got away. They made it back all the way to friendly territory (1st Calvary Lines)…” Is there anyone out there from the Cacti in Korea who can corroborate the status as POW in this incident?. If so the Grandson, Patrick Coffey, Cpl USMC would like to hear from you. Please contact Doc Hall or Doc Johnson and we will put you in touch with the grandson. – thanks—Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 07/11/2011
Email


4035. Just a reminder to A CO 2/35 I have set a LUNCHEON FOR THE Company in San Antonio please contact me if interested need a head count.

Pat Martin ( MSG retired ) -- Florence SC USA -- 07/10/2011
Email


4034. C 2/35 Have recently been in contact with Brent (Mac) McClellan. Would like to contact others, Bill (hippie) Patterson, Don Pananen, Joe (tex) Warren, Larry Sommer or any other from the old company.

Francis (Wheels) Wheeler -- Billings MT USA -- 07/09/2011
Email


4033. I AM SFC. RETIRED W.L.WILLIAMS SR, I SERVED IN NAM WITH THE 4TH ID 1/35TH INF./C. CO. MY COMMANDER WAS CPT WILLIAM BOWMAN. I WOULD BE SO THANKFUL TO GATHER ANY INFO ABOUT THE MEN I SERVED WITH.

WILLIAMS, WARREN L. SR -- INDIANAPOLIS IN USA -- 07/06/2011
Email


4032. Per Army Times. Cacti brotheres KIA in Afganisthan1LT Dimitri A del Castillo, 2-35 IN KIA 6-25-2011SSG Nigel D Kelly 2-35 IN KIA 6-25-2011SP4 Kevi J Hilaman 2-35 IN KIA 6-26-2011SP4 Levi E Nuncio 2-35 IN KIA 6-22-2011 Our prayers are with them and the families

Charles H Beauchamp -- Salem OR USA -- 07/06/2011
Email


4031. Hi Bravos, sorry if I have asked you before, but I do not want to miss you at the B 2/35th luncheon. If you plan on attending, please send a check for $12.50/plate made out to me at: 37 Flint Rd Tyngsboro MA 01879. If your mail arrives here after July 20th I will be on the road and will miss it. Thanks!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 07/05/2011
Email


4030. Remembering the 20 good men we lost 45 years ago. May they all rest in peace. Date: 2011-07-03

Donald J Sternhagen -- Marion IA USA -- 07/04/2011
Email


4029. On this date July 3rd 1966 1/35th lost 20 men. Let's pause during our Holiday weekend and give them a thought

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 07/04/2011
Email


4028. To all CACTI past and present, we just want to wish each and everyone of you and your families, a wonderful 4th of July. Enjoy and God Bless one and all. Wayne D.(Lucky) Lund and family

Wayne D. Lund -- San Antonio TX USA -- 07/03/2011
Email


4027. Thank you to our brave troops.

Randi Riffkind -- Los Angeles CA USA -- 07/03/2011
Email


4026. I searched your Guestbook for servicemen who might have known William Royce Latimer. He served in Viet Nam 1966-1967. He was attached to C/1st Battalion/35th Infantry Div.He was from Chicago, Il and was KIA on 4-25-67. If anyone knew him well please email me: kahlualady@ymail.com. I was a close friend of his. We lived in the same Pilsen neighborhood.

Ermelinda Tisdale -- Bellingham WA USA -- 06/30/2011
Email


4025. As you will read in a couple of entries below by our Bill Henson, the Cacti has suffered several KIA's in the past several days. We strive in the Association to show our support to the families of these heroes by having our members attend the services and personally expressing the condolences of the membership for the loss of these brave young men. It appears that the funeral services for Spc Kevin J. Hilaman may be held in his hometown of Albany, CA in the next several days. Any members in the area of San Francisco / Oakland we are calling on you to help us show support for this young hero. It is still not clear to us just when or where in the Albany area the services will take place but it will likely be by mid week just after the 4th of July. If you think you may be able to help us please contact me and we will provide you with the best information we have as we get it. At this point we have volunteers for the services for PFC Nuncio in Virginia and SSGT Kelly in Menifee, CA but would appreciate any further volunteers who may be able to attend. We also anticipate a funeral for Lt. Del Castillo at West Point, NY very shortly and can use volunteers for that service also. Thanks to all and keep these young heroes and all of our young Cacti Brothers in your prayers. Cacti Forever. --Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/29/2011
Email


4024. More sad Cacti news. 1st. Lt. Dimitri Del Castillo of Tampa, Fl., B Co. 2-35, KIA June 25, 2011. Kunar Province, Afghanistan. SPC Kevin J. Hilamen, of Albany, CA. D Co. (attached to A Co.) 2-35, KIA June 26, 2011. Kunar Province, Afghanistan; and SSGT Nigel D. Kelly, Menifee, CA., (attached to A Co.) 2-35 from Brigade Special Troops Bn., 25th ID, KIA June 26, 2011. Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/29/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4023. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Antonio July 28 to 31, 2011, Bravo 2/35 will meet again for their 11th annual luncheon. This time we will be at The Original Blanco Cafe right around the corner from the hotel. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a Tex Mex luncheon and then conduct our business. Order one of these choices at the table: FAJITA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas, Beef or Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CRISPY SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Crispy Beef or Chicken Taco, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CHALUPA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Regular Chalupa, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas. Coffee, Tea, or Soft Drink for $12.50 tax and tip included. Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 22th. See you soon!!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 06/26/2011
Email -- http://Next to last call!!


4022. Do anyone remember First Sgt.Class-- A/2/35--Nam 67-68? If you got info. let me know. Thanks.

Roberto Albandoz -- Canovanas P. USA -- 06/25/2011
Email


4021. I survived the battle of June 24, 1966 with recon platoon of First 35th. Today is the 45th anniversary of that battle and I still grieve for my best friend Allan Joseph Altieri. We went through basic training, AIT and Schofield Barracks together. Only thirteen of the the original members of recon platoon, first of 35th that departed Schofield in December of 1965 made it back. I will be in this year reunion with pictures of the original recon platoon that departed Schofield December 1965. Carlos Lopez home-210-653-6387 cell-210-215-6754

Carlos Lopez -- San Antonio TX USA -- 06/24/2011
Email


4020. As you will see below in a posting by Bill Henson, the Cacti suffered yet another KIA in Afghanistan. PFC Levi E. Nuncio was killed on June 22nd in Afghanistan. He grew up in the Harrisonburg, VA area and we would anticipate that the funeral services are likely to be there. The Association always strives to have representation at these funerals to demonstrate our support for our Brother and his family. We have no idea of exactly when or where these services will be held at this time. Our experience tells us that the services are likely to be toward the end of next week. We would like to have a volunteer or two to represent the Association by attending the viewing and/or the funeral for our latest hero. We fully understand what difficult duty this may be but it is not nearly as difficult as the duty that Levi and our other young Cacti Brothers are performing for us all. If you live somewhat near the area and think that you might be able to do this for all of us please contact me at the e-mail below and I will provide you with the information of what you need to do in represnting us and will keep you informed of any new information as we get it. Thanks to anyone who can take on this sad duty. God Bless. --Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/24/2011
Email


4019. Cacti Brothers, 45 years ago today, 1st Bn 35th Inf Recon lost 10 Troopers(out of about 25 in the plt)several wounded, and 2 Charlie Co.troopers were KIA, trying to reinforce us. A Co. was also trying to reach us and lost one man, (missing) maybe captured. It was an all day Battle into darkness, against overwelming odds. We fought to keep from being overrun.The NVA were held off by our small arms fire, Air Force Birds with; wall to wall nape and 1st 35th 4.2 motars and 3rd Bde "Big Guns". These Bravemen were called by our Country to fight. There is not a day that passes without me remembering them. God Bless our Fighters. May they ALL be safely returned home.

Ed Hill -- Tipp City OH USA -- 06/24/2011
Email


4018. Sadly, the Department of Defense reports that Spc. Levi E. Nuncio, 24, of Harrisonburg, Va., died June 22 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry "Cacti" Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/24/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4017. On your feet Cacti.....pop smoke...my name is Lorenzo Frias Jr...Im running for the office of legal advisor and the internet and scholarship committees....I hope to be of service to this proud organization...at this years reunion in San Antonio, vote for me for legal advisor and I will set you free...if I dont make it then just look me up and lets have a drink...im proud of all you guys....b safe...out

Larry Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 06/20/2011
Email


4016. Happy Father's Day & Birthday, Roger Fulkerson. You never met your daughter or her family, but you would be so proud. They are exceptional. You live on through them.

Jeanne Griffin Smith -- Sacramento CA USA -- 06/19/2011
Email


4015. JUST A QUICK REMINDER, THAT MY WONDERFUL WIFE AND I WILL BE HOSTING A RECON COOKOUT AT MY HOME, SEND ME A REQUEST AND I SHOULD GIVE YOU OUR ADDRESS, WE LIVE ABOUT 1 MILE FROM THE HOTEL...BE SAFE....Pancho

Pancho -- San Antonio TX USA -- 06/18/2011
Email


4014. Another year has come and went. Rest in peace my dear friend. Sgt. Reyes.

Charles R Rea -- Harrison AZ USA -- 06/17/2011
Email


4013. I would hope Mr.(Lt)Emil Matula be honored at the “Cacti” San Antonio reunion this year. He resides in San Antonio at the age of 93. His accomplishments and sacrifices with the 35th during WWII are immeasurable. He went from Sergeant to Lieutenant in some of the fiercest jungle (165 days straight) fighting in Luzon Philippines. My Father, William Farrar served with Lt Matula during the he Philippine Campaign. I would like to see more WWII soldiers honored on this site. Least we not forget those who served in WWII. Thanx ed.

Ed -- Chester VA USA -- 06/16/2011
Email


4012. The Annual Reunion Recon Luncheon will be held Friday July 29th at 1:30pm at the Countyline Riverwalk Restaurant at 111W. Crockett Street . It is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Hotel. You can view the Menu at http://www.countyline.com/CountyLineRiverWalk.htmlI need an accurate count so let me know if your coming and how many will be in your party. Tiny email or call 734-479-0883

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 06/13/2011
Email


4011. Mike Reiley, who served with A Company and Recon 2/35 during 1967-68, passed away on June 3. There will be a military service for him June 16 at 2:00 PM at Takoma Military Cemetery in Kent, Washington. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Curtis Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 06/11/2011
Email


4010. Hey guy's, another great news letter "Cacti times" got it yesterday, you guy's are the best, good job. Hope to see you all next month at the reunion. Tom

Tom Mahon -- Inverness FL USA -- 06/11/2011
Email


4009. Despise missing a reunion but the economy has me pinched on all four sides. Hope to see all next year. God Bless All....

Roger (Doc) Ellis -- Trinity FL USA -- 06/09/2011
Email


4008. This evening the Association electronically distributed 374 copies of the new, summer issue of "Cacti Times." Print copies will follow by surface mail in several weeks to those who elected to receive their issue by U.S. mail. As usual, a number of the emails with the "Cacti Times" attachment bounced back for a host of reasons. Let me know if you have not received your E-copy.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/09/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4007. I'd love to know the name of the medic on FSB Powder who aided Mark Reinhard, B Co. 2/35, Aug. 22, 1970, when Mark was severely injured by shrapnel from a dud 4.2 round detonated by engineers. The same medic may also have treated John Woods, B Co. 2/35, who was shot on Powder by a sniper August 6 or 7.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/08/2011
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


4006. On this June 6 day, 16 Cacti were KIA during the Korean War. We honor their brave service and memory.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/06/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


4005. **** A Co. 1st 35th LUNCHEON **** ---FRIDAY JULY 29TH 1:30 PM--- Original Blanco Cafe 419 N. St. Mary's San Antonio 78205 http://blancocafe.net/Locations.html Look for info and sign up sheet in Hospitality Room during the reunion. See you then!

Jim Holleran --  USA -- 06/06/2011
Email


4004. This week 41 years ago Bob Guinn and Red Horner were KIA in that God awful place, called Vietnam. May they rest in eternal peace. Amen

Sonny Cortese --  PA USA -- 06/06/2011


4003. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Antonio July 28 to 31, 2011, Bravo 2/35 will meet again for their 11th annual luncheon. This time we will be at The Original Blanco Cafe right around the corner from the hotel. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a Tex Mex luncheon and then conduct our business. Order one of these choices at the table: FAJITA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas, Beef or Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CRISPY SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Crispy Beef or Chicken Taco, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CHALUPA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Regular Chalupa, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas. Coffee, Tea, or Soft Drink for $12.50 tax and tip included. Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 22th. Rumor has it that Alpha 2/35 is trying to donate more to the Cacti Monument Fund than any other company. It cannot happen...if you plan to donate soon, please bring your check made out to 35th Infantry Regiment Association. Remember, your contributions are Tax Deductable. The 35th Infantry Regiment Association is a tax exempt 501(c)19 organization. See you soon!!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 06/06/2011
Email


4002. I am sad to report that Mike Reiley, A/2/35 and LRRP/2/35 during 1967-68 passed away Friday, June 3. You'll be missed, Mike

Curtis Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 06/04/2011
Email


4001. Tomorrow (Saturday June 4th) I will travel to Washington DC to visit the Wall. I have done this on the closest Saturday to June 4th for many years now to honor my pal Guinn who was killed on this date 41 years ago. Not a day goes by that he isn't in my mind. God Bless you good buddy. Miss You. --Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/04/2011
Email


4000. Just wanted to say "Thank You" for your service and to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice RIP. Thank You Ron for your service.

Gabe -- Window Rock AZ USA -- 06/03/2011
Email


3999. It is with pride that we all say that our fallen brothers will never be forgotten. I am taking these few minutes to make sure that I am true to that pledge. On the evening of June 3rd. 1968, my life and the life of all members of "C" 1/35 were changed forever. It was a very hard night. The world lost three great young men. Lt. Steven Gilmer, Sgt. Harry Butler, Spec. Ray Brockmeyer, made the ultimate sacrifice. Brothers rest in peace and I salute you. Doc Olea

Forrest Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 06/03/2011
Email


3998. We are trying to see how many guys that have served with A Company, 2/35th, would be interested in attend an Alpha Company lunch on Saturday, July 30th during the Cacti reunion. Pat Martin is working on finding us a reasonably priced restaurant, possibly with a private room. If you are interested in attending, have questions, or suggestions, please contact Pat at (843)229-8347 or e-mail him at SGTPAT50@aol.com.(Put "Alpha Co Lunch" on the subject line)

Rick Rosenau -- Whites Creek TN USA -- 06/03/2011
Email


3997. Very thankful to have known Guye Benson. He's one of my Heroes. I got to know him when we were in college together in the early sixties.

Jack Palmer -- Mesquite TX USA -- 05/31/2011


3996. Remembering my brother Robert Shook KIA Aug 2-69- and all the ones that have given the supreme sacriface- they are the reason we have and are what we are today- God Bless those to gave all and the one who are serving still today

Fred -- Adel GA USA -- 05/30/2011
Email


3995. I was in the weapons platoon of Co. A 1/35th from 65 thru 66. I was an ammo bearer on the 3rd squad gun and took part in the battle of LZ 10 Alfa.

Norman Gustafson -- Warwick RI USA -- 05/30/2011
Email


3994. On this date 44 years ago at approximately 0230 my platoon was surrounded and attacked by a large enemy force at the foot of a mountain northwest of Duc Pho in Quang Nai Province. We suffered three KIAs including my CO, Ralph Walker and, many wounded. We weren't expected to make it out. I was with 3rd Plt B 2/35 as an RTO. This morning is still very much alive in my mind and have since learned that the three day battle has been named the Battle of Tan Phong. My platoon sergeant was Sgt. Wilson. Sarge, if you're out there, I would like to hear from you.

Mike Grijalva -- El Paso TX USA -- 05/30/2011
Email


3993. My dear friends. It isn't just today I honor you. Everyday is Memorial Day to me. You are so special to me. You have taught me that soldiers are the: funniest, sincerest, smartest, gentlest, yet strongest people I know. If I'm ever in danger, I want you all by my side. I love you all my dear friends and can't wait to see you all in San Antonio! Laurie Thode

Laurie Thode --  USA -- 05/30/2011


3992. Thank you to all our fallen soldiers for their dedication and sacrifice. Today, I remember my father, Capt. Ralph B. Walker,II B 2/35 5-29-67 And thank you to the Cacti 35th for all they do to keep our soldiers remembered. One last thank you, for the scholarship you awarded my son, Joseph Ryan. He had a very successful freshman year at East Carolina Univ.- 4.0 both semesters. Peace to you all.

Christine Polli -- Cary NC USA -- 05/29/2011
Email


3991. Memorial Day is upon us and we remember those who paid the highest sacrifice. For us who fought along side we never had a chance to mourn. For the families who lost there loved ones they wondered why. We shall never forget our comrades. Rest in peace Brothers Gone but never forgotten. John Morgan HHC/D Co 2/35 7/67-9/68

John Morgan -- Weimar CA USA -- 05/28/2011
Email


3990. D 1/35 4th Inf April 67 - April 68 To all the Cacti brothers & all who served our great country. Thank You for your service. Have a Great Memorial Day. Welcome Home Richard

Richard Stevens -- Coucil Bluffs IA USA -- 05/28/2011
Email -- http://www.vn6768@cox.net


3989. I am looking for someone that can give a fellow CACTI a ride to and from the reunion in San Antinio this July. His name is Orvil Keese. B- 2/35th, 1969-1970. He has never been to a reunion. He lives East of Amarillo, Tx. In the small town of Alanreed, Tx. It has taken years to locate him and it would be great to have him attend the reunion. Please email me if you can help make this happen.

Alan Olsen -- Overland Park KS USA -- 05/27/2011
Email


3988. A Sgt. Mitchell was shot in the Rear in 1966 while with Cacti Green on one of the Operation Paul Reveres... He was a Buck Sergeant and had been with us at Schofield . ANY one remember.

R. Ellis -- Trinity FL USA -- 05/27/2011
Email


3987. Remembering Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67 and to all those who survived that awful day - Thank you and God Bless you.

A Friend --  USA -- 05/27/2011


3986. sp4 Micheal Murphy and sp4 Nick Vrooman paid the ultimate sacrafice 5/24/70 . They belonged to C 1/14th. Both from San Diego as I am. They will never be forgotten.

John W Corning -- Oceanside CA USA -- 05/24/2011
Email


3985. A/1/35..Robert L Murphy paid the ultimate sacrifice in this date, May 22,1967..Friends for only three months but memories for a lifetime..

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/22/2011
Email


3984. On this day, 20 MAY 67, my oldest brother, Joseph Ledesma, Jr., C/2-35, was killed in the Battle of Vihn Hien. He was 20 years old. Also killed were Roland Rush and Gary Killian, C/2-35. Joey, we love you and miss you. You have never, and will never be forgotten.

David Ledesma -- San Jose CA USA -- 05/20/2011
Email


3983. 44 Years Dad, It went by so fast. Sure wish you could of seen us grow up... Love you always.Mike and the girls In Loving Memory of Everette E Johnson Jr KIA 5/19/1967 A 1/35th And thanks to all of you Cacti that have befriended me through the years, you are a great bunch of guys, I am sure my dad is proud of you because I sure am!

Michael Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/19/2011
Email


3982. May 19, 1967.. A/1/35th.. LT Everette E. Johnson, PFC Kenyon E. Bean and PFC Walter Geiger all paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives on this date..Gone but certainly never to be forgotten..

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/19/2011
Email


3981. Thanks for the kind words Tiny, but the truth is that it was recon that came in re-eforced Delta & saved our butts that day & that was only one of many times that Recon helped the rifle CO's. Dick Winn

Charles R Winn -- Goodyear AZ USA -- 05/18/2011
Email


3980. 42 years ago today was a day of sadness, and bravery for the men of D 2/35th. 5 KIA's and over 20 men WIA. If not for the bravery of 1st LT Charles "Dick" Winn the numbers would have been much higher. A personal account of this day can be found in the war stories section titled May 18th 1969.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 05/17/2011
Email


3979. Re: Gregory Randolph Johnson - In 2005 I found some documents related to Gregory with my late aunt's estate in Denver. I believe Gregory was related to her distantly by marriage. Even though I didn't know him, I was reluctant to discard the items. Gregory died the year I graduated from high school. Does anyone know about him? I heard an account of his death from a fellow soldier but nothing about his surviving family or about him personally. I could not locate anyone through the paperwork or online. Can anyone help? Recently I visited the traveling wall here in southern California and found his name.

Elizabeth -- Orange County CA USA -- 05/16/2011
Email


3978. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Antonio July 28 to 31, 2011, Bravo 2/35 will meet again for their 11th annual luncheon. This time we will be at The Original Blanco Cafe right around the corner from the hotel. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a Tex Mex luncheon and then conduct our business. Order one of these choices at the table: FAJITA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas, Beef or Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CRISPY SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Crispy Beef or Chicken Taco, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CHALUPA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Regular Chalupa, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas. Coffee, Tea, or Soft Drink for $12.50 tax and tip included. Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 22th. Rumor has it that Alpha 2/35 is trying to donate more to the Cacti Monument Fund than any other company. It cannot happen...if you plan to donate soon, please bring your check made out to 35th Infantry Regiment Association. Remember, your contributions are Tax Deductable. The 35th Infantry Regiment Association is a tax exempt 501(c)19 organization. See you soon!!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 05/13/2011
Email


3977. My condolences go out to the family of Sgt White. We have truly lost another of Americas Heroes. When young men go into battle they know not what dangers and treacheries await them in the course of their mission yet they go undaunted by fear, rather they display the utmost courage and they continue forward without fear or doubt. This is what heroes are made of and Sgt White has now joined a long list of former Cacti heroes who have gone before him. May he rest in peace and we will never forget him. May God bless his family and keep them safe. I would like to also remember all the men of Recon Platoon, HHC 1/35 Inf who gave their lives in battle in 1966 and 1967. Chuck Norris, former Recon Platoon Sgt HHc 1/35 Vietnam 1966

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 05/11/2011
Email


3976. On Thursday and Friday May 12th and 13th a viewing and funeral service will be held for our young Cacti hero Kevin White of Westfield, NY. Kevin was killed in Afghanistan on May 2 while serving with D Co 2/35th. The viewing will be held at the First Baptist Church of Westfield 9 Kent St. Westfield at 2-5 and 7-9PM on Thursday and the funeral will be at the church at 11 AM on Friday. Mike Slyck and myself will be in attendance. If any Cacti from Western NY, Northwest PA, or Eastern Ohio wish to join us there we would welcome your presence to help honor our young brother Cacti. -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/10/2011
Email


3975. From the "Army Times", SGT Kevin W. White of Westfield NY died May 2 in Kunar Province Afganisthan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with IED. He was assignrd to the 2nd BN 35th Inf. Reg, 3rd BCT 25th INf Div.

Charles H Beauchamp -- Salem OR USA -- 05/10/2011
Email


3974. Each year, the New Jersey Veterans' Memorial Foundation holds a Remembrance Day ceremony on May 7. Sp. 4 James Perrone, a Cacti who died during the action of March 12, 1967 was awarded the NJ Distinguished Service medal, the Foundation's highest recognition. The NJ Memorial is one of the best in the country and has a Museum and Educational Center adjacent to it. It's located on the Garden State Parkway next to the Garden State Arts Center and well worth the trip.

Glenn Perrone -- New York NY USA -- 05/09/2011
Email


3973. I visited the Wall today to remember and honor our old friend Dick Matheis. Dick died in Cambodia on May 8th 1970. He was one day past his 20th birthday. My thoughts and prayers are with Dick and his whole family back in Adams/Johnsburg, MN. Wonderful people all. I am also thinking of all of my 1st platoon Bravo buddies for whom May 8th has been (and always will be) a date that is forever in our minds. God Bless you Dick. God Bless you Matheis Family. God Bless all my old budies who share this day with me.- Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/07/2011
Email


3972. Just wanted to pay tribute to my buddy Richard Alan Matheis. May 8th he passed through the portals of death during the Cambodian Invasion 1970. Our memories of you will never diminish. You are a great friend. The Matheis family has been great to me. I was told by Dick's father Joe, he said one day, "haven't you figured it out yet? you are part of the family" What an honor!!! I have been close to the family for many years and they are great!!!Ole

Alan Olsen -- Overland Park KS USA -- 05/06/2011
Email


3971. ....on your feet cacti....my name is Larry Frias Jr and Im running for the office of Legal Advisor at this years reunion in San Antonio...I just want to give my effort and help to this proud Association, just as I did when I volunteered for the US Army in 1972 and found myself in the 35th Inf in 1973....please vote for me as I know that I can a difference....we need to keep pace with technology and the law...please help me to help the Cacti Oscar Mike...thank you everyone for your support and your servive...Larry Frias Jr...

Lorenzo (Larry) Frias Jr -- El Paso TX USA -- 05/04/2011
Email


3970. Looking for members of Toc CP, 2/35, 1965/66 especially SFC Kelly, SSG Chemlik, and SSF Donald Hollis. Someone is trying to contact you.

Don Duncan -- Lakewood WA USA -- 05/03/2011
Email


3969. I am sad to report that the Cacti have had their first casualties, one KIA and two WIAs. Please keep the family of CPL Kevin White, D 2-35, in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. PFCs Richard Heinrichs and Kyle Foster were also injured in the IED attack. Foster sustained a broken ankle, fracture wounds and possible concussion/head injury. Heinrichs sustained a possible concussion/head injury. I will post additional information as it becomes available. John Lorts/Active Unit Liaison.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 05/03/2011
Email


3968. Hey Mike Slyck,Facebook will not show the video you sent me. It says that too many members found it offensive and so they blocked it. So much for freedom of speech on the site that uses your name to send messages without your permission or approval. I would like to see the video, lease send it to pwoconnorus@yahoo.com Thanks, Pat

Patrick O'Connor -- Southington OH USA -- 05/03/2011
Email


3967. Greeting fellow catti; To all who serviced present and passed living and dead it is an honor to be a part of a group that is a visible example of patriotism I am thankful to all veterans and their families for their devotion and service. you will not be forgotten. DOC FIELDS.

william (Doc) fields or doc feelgood -- Tyler TX USA -- 04/29/2011
Email


3966. Names: In 1952,53,54,in Korea Burbon W. Dawkins, Sgt. George E. Fitzwater, "Doc" Dimick, and George Callahan were guys I really cared about. Anybody know where any of these guys of Company C. 35th Inf. Reg. 25th Div. may be now???? If so, whatever their status I would sure like to know. Bless every guy that's ever been there.

Thomas C. Smith -- North Port FL USA -- 04/29/2011
Email


3965. Contacted Marshall Jackson in reference to Jesus M Pena to inform him the Jesus or "Jesse" as I knew him most of my time with him, has passed from cancer. I knew that he had tried to contact someone as to an upcoming renuion recently. Mr. Jackson was very helpful and informative and I regretted to have to tell him about Jesus. I am also a "NAM" vet and miss the many.Thank You for helping keep them all in our hearts.

Vincent L. Villasenor -- Houston TX USA -- 04/28/2011
Email


3964. My father was in Co D 35th Inf. A photo of him in uniform shows the cacti on his lapels and a 25th Division patch on his shoulder. He was in the Philipine Islands in 1945 until 1946. His name was Stanley F Sroka

Terry Sroka -- Reading PA USA -- 04/28/2011
Email


3963. I will be having surgery for colon cancer May 2 at Birmingham Alabama VA hosp. I welcome your prayers and good wishes. thank you

Jerry Humphrey -- Gadsden AL USA -- 04/25/2011
Email


3962. I am looking forward to attending the reunion in July. I have been out of the loop with the association but I intend to become more active. Erle Gooding Company D 2/35th 67-68

Erle Gooding -- Houston TX USA -- 04/25/2011
Email


3961. A gripping personal account of the Cacti battle of May 12th 1967 has been added to our war stories section from Curtis Gay A 2/35th 1966-67. 1st LT Stephen Karopczyz was awarded the MOH for his actions that day, with Daniel Mendez and Wendell Meade receiving DSC's. It is an excerpt from "One More Sunrise" a book by Curtis Gay

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 04/24/2011
Email


3960. Each issue of "Cacti Times" that is mailed tends to return to me sad news. The current issue is no exception. I regret to report that Richard G. Miller, B Co. 1/35, 1960-62 died Dec. 23, 2010, and Samuel W. Gabbert, A/HHC 2/35, 1966-67, passed away June 29, 2010. Both were Life members of the Association.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 04/23/2011
Email


3959. I never knew my uncle. My parents never talked about him. I think it was in Texas that they were all together before he headed to Korea. Thanks. Francisco Candia

Francisco Candia -- Tempe AZ USA -- 04/21/2011
Email


3958. As the 13th annual reunion is coming up, I thought I would write another poem for the 35th.Regiment, written on 9 February 2011. hope you all enjoy this one. THE 35TH'S 13TH REUNION We'll be meeting in San Antonio for the 13th reunion of the Regiment's present and past, The reunion's planned for late July, where we'll gather in the Alamo City and have a blast. It's going to be a gathering of friends and 35th members from 46 years ago and to this date, As we meet again there will be reminiscing and the many war stories will be up for debate. During our reunion we are asking the 35th's Iraq and Afghan Vets to come to our ball, Knowing that our present members and friends will gladly welcome them one and all. As we've done for each reunion, we will pay tribute to our comrades whom we've laid to rest, We will remember them as our lost brothers-in-arms and state that they were the very best. So once again we will say goodbye and proudly watch as our colors are retired for another year, Then we'll be planning our next reunion where once again we'll be traveling from far and near.

Wayne D. Lund -- San Antonio TX USA -- 04/21/2011
Email


3957. Dues are Due. If you are an annual member and have not already done so for 2011, it is time to renew your membership. Please do this now while you are thinking about it. We need your support in order to carry on the many projects that make this a great organization. Just go to the membership page of the website and print out a membership form and get it in the mail today. Without your support, we are nothing. Scholarship Fund: Over the past couple of years tax deductible contributions to this fund have been lagging. In these weak financial times the children and grandchildren of our Cacti Brothers need help more than ever. This fund depends entirely on your generosity. If you are renewing your Annual Membership please check off the box for Donation to the Scholarship Fund and give whatever you can. It is important to keep this fund solvent so that we can continue to provide this valuable program. Cacti Monument Fund: As most of you know we are attempting to construct a monument at the Infantry Museum grounds at Ft. Benning. We are nearing the halfway point for this fund and we can only reach our goal to build this memorial to Ourselves if you support us. If you are renewing your Annual Membership and can help us out, please check the box for the Cacti Monument and contribute (also tax deductible) what you can. For our Life Members, we certainly hope that we can count on you for support of these two important projects. Please take the time to write out a check in support of either or both and mail to Bill Henson: Secretary, 35th Infantry Regiment Association; 3680 Chrisfield Dr., Rocky River, OH 44116-3637.

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 04/20/2011
Email


3956. The Cacti is on the ground and operating out of FOB Joyce, which is just south of Asadabad, Afghanistan. The Battalion will be spread across four different Forward Operating Bases from southern Kunar Province and up north into the Pech River Valley. (Google searches) Asadabad or Asad Abad is a city of Afghanistan, the capital of Kunar Province. It is located at the confluence of the Pech River and Kunar River. Asadabad is located 114 miles from the capital of Kabul, and has a remarkably dangerous terrain of plummeting, steep valleys and sharp mountain peaks that rise 14,000 feet into the sky. Nawa Pass that lies east of Asadabad is the next major border crossing point North of the Khyber Pass for the region. A map of the area can be found at the following link: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/afghanistan/images/asadabad-map-156.jpg - A photo of an outpost near Asadabad can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Afghan_National_Army_Soldier_Monitors_Outpost_in_Konar_Province.jpg - For members who wish to send "care packages" or greetings, contact me for more information.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 04/19/2011
Email


3955. Looking for Bob Miller, C company 67-68. Bob retired from the Forest Service, last heard to be in Montana, and was working as a wildfire contractor. Bob came to a reunion, I believe Las Vegas years back. Just wondering where he is, and why we no longer hear from him.

Dan LaRoche -- East Wenatchee WA USA -- 04/18/2011
Email


3954. Please let me know if you served with Daniel Flores Perez Jr. from Mathis Texas 35 infantry Regiment Vietnam KIA March 12 67. Vee perez Acuna

Venilde Acuna -- Corpus Christi TX USA -- 04/18/2011
Email


3953. Just finished reading Curtis Gay's new book "One More Sunrise -- Memoir of a Combat Infantryman in Viet Nam". Very interesting read and I recommend it to all Cacti. I have read a few other Cacti books over the past few years and enjoy each of these and as Cacti I'm sure that you would to. Included are: "The Green Monster" by Leigh Thomas; "From Halos to Foxholes" by Ralph Leebert; "A Grunt Speaks" by Ray Gleason; and "Escape from North Korea.." by Paul Petredis. I wouldn't be surprised if there are more of these Cacti books out there and if there are I sure would want to know of them. I believe that all of these can be found through places like Amazon.com or if not there by searching the internet.--Happy reading. -- Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 04/18/2011
Email


3952. I am going on the run for the wall again this year (centrol route). If anyone is going let me know or e-mail me if you want me to put you on my daily updates and photos list that I send out while on the trip. I will be attending the reuion again this year. See you there. Cacti Ron

Ronald D Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 04/17/2011
Email -- http://cactiron@mac.com


3951. The 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion will be celebrated on April 17th. Congress has saluted the veterans of Brigade 2506 to include a resolution put into the Senate record with remarks from the floor: "the men who fought couragously that day came from many backgrounds, but all cared for the freedom and liberty of Cuba." One of these brave men was Luis Barcena who was offered training in 1963 at Ft Benning GA and was commisioned as an officer in the US Army. Today, we also salute our Cacti brother who we knew as Captain Luis Barcena, Co A 2/35 who fought so couragously again in 1967 in Vietnam.

Peter J Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 04/14/2011
Email


3950. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Antonio July 28 to 31, 2011, Bravo 2/35 will meet again for their 11th annual luncheon. This time we will be at The Original Blanco Cafe right around the corner from the hotel. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a Tex Mex luncheon and then conduct our business. Order one of these choices at the table: FAJITA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas, Beef or Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CRISPY SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Crispy Beef or Chicken Taco, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CHALUPA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Regular Chalupa, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas. Coffee, Tea, or Soft Drink for $12.50 tax and tip included. Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 22th. Rumor has it that Alpha 2/35 is trying to donate more to the Cacti Monument Fund than any other company. It cannot happen...if you plan to donate soon, please bring your check made out to 35th Infantry Regiment Association. Remember, your contributions are Tax Deductable. The 35th Infantry Regiment Association is a tax exempt 501(c)19 organization. See you soon!!

Peter J Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 04/13/2011
Email -- http://B 2/35 68 - 69


3949. I have published a memoir about my experiences as a member of A/2/35 during 1966-1967. Titled -One More Sunrise--Memoir of a Combet Infantryman in Viet Nam, it is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, or from the publisher, AuthorHouse,in paperback, hardcover, or electronic versions. Association members can get signed copies directly from me if you wish. I strongly encourage everybody to tell their story.It is not only very healing but it helps others understand why we didn't return as the same person who left them so many years ago.

Curtis Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 04/11/2011
Email


3948. I am looking for any information on my Brother-in-law James Michael Morgan SP4 US Army Americal Divison. He was wounded real bad in Viet Nam. He passed away a few years back but he never recovered from the injuries from being shot in Viet Nam.I am trying to put together a memorial for him. I belive he needs to be honored for the sacrifice he made in viet Nam. It maybe to late for him but his daughter would love it. Thanks to anyone who can help.

Ronnie Houston -- Sparta IL USA -- 04/09/2011
Email


3947. Praying for a safe tour of duty for our Cacti brothers and sisters deploying to Afghanistan (again)

Curtis P Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 04/09/2011
Email


3946. We are in contact with the then-fiance of Eugene Naylor, KIA 10/22/1967 with the 1/35th Recon Platoon. She has never heard the details of that day. Anyone willing to commo with her, please let me know. Thanks guys! Dick

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 04/08/2011
Email


3945. Take a moment today, to remember those Brothers and Sisters in Arms who remain in Harm's way today in 4 corners of the Globe. God Bless Them ALL...

Roger Ellis -- Trinity FL USA -- 04/07/2011
Email


3944. On April 5th 1968, We lost a brother. George Edden. He was a hero to us. He sacraficed himself for freedom. He died in a place called LZ Mile High in Vietnam. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace my brother.

David Warburton -- East Helena MT USA -- 04/04/2011
Email


3943. On April 3, 1968 we remember our four brothers, KIA, from "D" Co. 2/35th It was a day from HELL You are always in my thoughts. Gone but never forgotten. John Morgan HHC/D co-- 2/35 7/67-9/68

John Morgan -- Weimar ca USA -- 04/02/2011
Email


3942. I am searching for a Robert E. Young. He was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion 35th. Its been over 40 years and I saw his name in our Guestbook ,I could not reach him by the E-mail given. We both made it home from Vietnam. His address is listed in Magnolia Tx. If you know of him, please respond to my e-mail address

James H. Fortune Jr. -- Houston TX USA -- 03/29/2011
Email


3941. Haven't been on here for awhile. Hope everyone is well fron my brothers troops. Been recovering from thyroid surgery and due for another. May our soldiers all come home soon. Love to u all and may God be watching your backs.

Mary Wyant Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 03/27/2011
Email


3940. Since no one knows, if there will a golf tour., at this reunion, I would like to invite anyone of you to play a round of golf with me and some of my friends, if you like to play, let me know and it will happen...we have many golf courses from cheap ones to very expensive ones, you pick and will go there and play.....

Pancho -- San Antonio TX USA -- 03/26/2011
Email


3939. Lottie Dennis, daughter of William H. Adamick, Dog Co., 1/35, 1942-44, informs us that her father passed away March 9, 2011 at age 91. We salute William, and send our condolences to his family.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 03/25/2011
Email -- http://www.Cact35th.org


3938. This morning John Lorts and I distributed 359 electronic copies of the Spring 2011 "Cacti Times" issue. If you signed up for the email version and didn't receive a copy, let me know. First, however, check your spam file in case the issue was diverted; blast emails occasionally get the spam treatment.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 03/25/2011
Email -- http://www.Cact35th.org


3937. 1st, does anyone know where the annual reunion golf tour will be held at.... 2nd, who is the POC in San Antonio for the reunion.... 3rd, just a reminder that I plan on having something very special at my home for Recon Brothers....

Pancho -- San Antonio TX USA -- 03/25/2011
Email


3936. Henry L. Aderholt was wounded on 14 Feb 1970 in Vietnam. He died of those wounds on 12 Dec 1972. His name will be added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in May 2011. He was my hero and I will forever love and miss him. His wife.

Judith Woodall -- Birmingham AL USA -- 03/24/2011
Email


3935. Guys, if you are flying to San Antonio for the July re-union, make your flight reservations ASAP. I noticed that the fare for me went almost doubled since I checked it in January. Fortunately I had enough air miles to use. Don't hesitate, with the fuel prices increasing, it will just get higher! See you in July. Dan LaRoche C-/35th 67-68

Dan LaRoche -- East Wenatchee WA USA -- 03/23/2011
Email


3934. Call for Nominations: It's that time of the year when we begin to look in earnest for individuals willing to take on the task of managing this organization for the benefit of our members. There is a Board of Directors comprised of a President, Vice Presidents, a Secretary, Treasurer, Sgt-at-Arms, and 3 past presidents. Along with several appointed positions, your Board works diligently to make this the absolute best association it can be. As dictated by our constitution the term of office for each of our elected officers is two years. We last held elections in July of 2009; so, the term for our current board will expire this July at the reunion. To that end we, the Nominating Committee, have been asked to prepare a slate of candidates for your consideration. We're looking for any member in good standing who wants to participate in administering to the needs of Cacti membership. If you want to make a mark on the organization; know you can do one of the jobs better than the incumbent; want to change the direction the association is headed in; or, want to have a voice in the management of this organization - put your name forward as a nominee this July. The process is fairly simple, send an email to any of the Nominating Committee indicating you want to run. Let us know which of the offices you're interested in (See the Association tab on the web site for a listing and description of each job.) and send along your reasons for wanting to run. We'll contact you in return, and let you know what's next. All we ask is you think it over, and let us know if you're interested. Thanks, 2009/2011 Nominating Committee: Mike Slyck, B 2/35 1969 - 70 Bravo16India@Rochester.RR.Com Rick Strawn, A 2/35 1968 - 69 strawn66@gmail.com Bill Wilds, A 1/35 1968 - 69 wrdrwilds@aol.com

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 03/22/2011
Email


3933. A reminder (From President Jim Anderson) that Annual Membership Dues are due by April 1st. The first part of February we sent out reminder notices to our Annual Members. So far the response has been very good indeed with 225 renewing membership for 2011. And even better news! 45 of the memberships were from 35th Infantry Regiment vets who were not members in 2010. But there are still a number of you out there who have not yet sent in your 2011 dues. Your $15 for an "electronic" Times membership or $25 for a "mailed" Times membership help support not only the publication of our tri-annual Cacti Times but also support our other programs. Through you, we remain a strong and active Infantry Association. Keep our success going by mailing your membership today. And do not forget to update your address or Email address. Just as there is an old buddy out there you are looking for, there is an old buddy looking for you. Please remember to send in your dues today.

Jim "Doc Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/21/2011
Email


3932. Just an old Vietnam-era Army veteran who happened upon the 35th's website and wanted to say thanks and wish the best to all the men who wrote some of the wonderful, amazing stories and those who were with and supported them. You and your efforts are not forgotten, your fallen and missing are not forgotten, and I pray for each of you and your loved ones in the struggles of life that go on all around us. May we always have such dedicated, brave men in our midst who will do what needs to be done, without hesitation, without excuses, and without fear of the consequences. May God bless you each one!

Donnie Davison -- East Falmouth MA USA -- 03/20/2011
Email -- http://www.poundkey.biz


3931. A HUGE thank you to Roger Stevens (A-2-35 69-70) and Tom Mahon (B-2-35 69-70) for sharing Florida with three frozen infantry vets from up North, this past week. Enjoyed every moment of this little Standown (except the spanking at poker, ooohh) Warm friends, good food and cold beverages soothe the savage grunt. Thank You, Tom & Roger! Rick Strawn A co 2/35 (68-69)

Rick Strawn -- Salem OR USA -- 03/19/2011
Email


3930. Cacti gentlemen and Cacti families: Please, if you once served with us or you lost someone who did, or you are just a Cacti who is lost; contact the 35th Inf Regt. Assocation today. I have met hundreds of Cacti since 2000 who are now my fast friends. These great men are in service to one another all over the country; just follow these pages and witness the giving spirit of your Cacti brothers, toward the families survivors, infirmed shut-in, recently departed and active Cacti. You have already claimed right to belong in combat, don't sit watching any longer, we miss you! Bless you all, Rick Strawn A Co 2/35 (68-69)

Rick Strawn -- Salem OR USA -- 03/18/2011
Email


3929. I was assigned to M Company, 3rd Battalion stationed on the shore of Lake Biwa near Otsu, Japan December 1946 to December 1947 in the US Occupation Forces. The 1st and 2nd Battallions were stationed in an old Japaneese Army compound in the town of Otsu. The former members of the regiment had had enough points to be shipped back to the U S.

Byron E White -- Arlington TX USA -- 03/18/2011
Email


3928. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Antonio July 28 to 31, 2011, Bravo 2/35 will meet again for their 11th annual luncheon. This time we will be at The Original Blanco Cafe right around the corner from the hotel. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a Tex Mex luncheon and then conduct our business. Order one of these choices at the table: FAJITA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas, Beef or Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CRISPY SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Crispy Beef or Chicken Taco, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CHALUPA SPECIAL 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Regular Chalupa, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas. Coffee, Tea, or Soft Drink for $12.50 tax and tip included. Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 22th. Rumor has it that Alpha 2/35 is trying to donate more to the Cacti Monument Fund than any other company. It cannot happen...if you plan to donate soon, please bring your check made out to 35th Infantry Regiment Association. Remember, your contributions are Tax Deductable. The 35th Infantry Regiment Association is a tax exempt 501(c)19 organization. See you soon!!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 03/16/2011
Email -- http://B 2/35 68 - 69


3927. In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in San Antonio July 28 – 31, 2011, Bravo 2/35 will meet again for their 11th annual luncheon. This time we will be at The Original Blanco Cafe right around the corner from the hotel. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a Tex-Mex luncheon and then conduct our business. Order one of these choices at the table: FAJITA SPECIAL - 2 Cheese Enchiladas, Beef or Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CRISPY SPECIAL – 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Crispy Beef or Chicken Taco, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas; CHALUPA SPECIAL – 2 Cheese Enchiladas with a Regular Chalupa, Rice, Beans and 2 Tortillas. Coffee, Tea, or Soft Drink for $12.50 tax/tip included. Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 22th. Rumor has it that Alpha 2/35 is trying to donate more to the Cacti Monument Fund than any other company. It cannot happen...if you plan to donate soon, please bring your check made out to 35th Infantry Regiment Association. Remember, your contributions are Tax Deductable. The 35th Infantry Regiment Association is a tax exempt 501(c)19 organization. See you soon!!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 03/16/2011
Email -- http://B 2/35 68 - 69


3926. I am looking for someone(s) in the Detroit area to visit 3 Cacti gravesites in 3 different cemeteries in order to take photo's of the headstone for our Memorial Page documentation project for each of these heroes. The cemeteries are the Evergreen Cemetery on the north side of Detroit (KIA George Trueluck); Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland, MI (a suburb on the west side of Detroit. KIA Larry Comis); and Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi, MI (Northwest suburb of Detroi KIA John Penman). If anyonhe can visit these cemeteries and take the needed photo's please contact me at the e-mail address below. Thanks Doc Hall

Jim "Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/16/2011
Email


3925. Gentlemen we have been given a great piece of History on the Cacti in WW2 by Mr. Frank Marks. Be sure and give it a read it's posted in War Stories titled "Getting Ready Destination Unknown"

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms --  USA -- 03/11/2011


3924. Offering special memories of Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67. How does so long ago seem like yesterday. God bless all that served.

A Friend --  USA -- 03/11/2011


3923. Are there any other Cacti Alum, who graduated from Ma Benning's School for Boys(INF OCS) Class 508-68?

Roger A. Ellis( DOC) -- Trinity FL USA -- 03/11/2011
Email


3922. Inquiry about John O' Brien. What we are talking about was 41 years ago so it may not be the same guy. I remember a guy but I don't remember if his first name was John. When we returned from Cambodia these was a horriffic accident invoving a Chinoock and a deuce and 1/2. One of the guys hurt in that accident was an O'Brien.

Sonny Cortese --  PA USA -- 03/10/2011
Email


3921. Greetings mates. There was a mate that went by the name 'OB' (query John O'Brien?) that I recall from Bravo Company 1969-1970. I cannot recall if he was with the second platoon, but was a 11B. I ran into 'OB' and Dennis Davis B 2/35 at in-processing at Fort Knox, Kentucky in October 1970, my duty station after VietNam. I saw neither on post after in-processing. I am recall that 'OB' might have been injured on duty whilst in VietNam and made an early exit from overseas duty? Respectfully. John Linn B 2/35 1969-1970.

John Linn -- Sydney Austrailia -- 03/09/2011
Email


3920. Looking for anyone who served with John O'Brien. B/CO 2nd Platoon. OCT 69 - May 70

Billy R. Byrd -- Frankfort IN USA -- 03/08/2011
Email


3919. Doc Hall, I have read the story about Roger Fulkerson written by Michael Kurtis in the past but I went back and read it again. What a heart warming story! Michael should be a writer.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 03/08/2011
Email


3918. On this day in 1970 Platoon Leader Lt. John Penman paid the ultimate price for his country and his men in that God awful place called Vietnam. May he Rest in Eternal Peace.

Sonny Cortese --  PA USA -- 03/08/2011


3917. I've recently gotten in contact with the son of one of our KIA hero's. The son was only 6 months old when his father died and naturally wants to know what he can learn about his father. I didn't know his father personally so I researched for what I could learn of him through our web site and all it's resources and it is incredible what resources we have on our website. In searching for information I searched for who else from the same company was KIA with his father that day. One of the 4 men killed that day for C Co 2/35th was Roger Fulkerson. I stopped to read his story and the memorial left for him on his memorial page by his friend Michael Kurtgis. What an amazing story it was too and what an amazing piece of writing by Michael. I recommend that all go to Roger Fulkerson's memorial page and read this. Guys we have thousands of stories and historical bits on our web site. We all should be proud of what we have created and proud of all of those who took part in that creation. Roger's story is ultimately one of a child finding the father that she never knew. Michael Kurtgis' story is one of being able to serve and repay a debt to the memory of an old friend. Someone out there can do the same for their old friend Sammy Burrola through his son Sammy. If you knew Sammy and are willing to share some memories with the son who never knew him please contact me. You can really serve the memory of an old friend. For the rest of us, read Roger's story. You will come away with an understanding of what we all are really all about. Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/07/2011
Email


3916. I SERVED WTIH 35TH REGIMENT, FOX COMPANY KOREAN WAR. I AM LOOKING FOR GUYS I SERVED WITH.

CPL. THOMAS J. JENSEN -- Linn MO USA -- 03/06/2011
Email


3915. Regarding the statements made about the training recieved by the medics. I retired from the fire service after 31 years, many of which were as a EMT. I think that the work done and the aid given by the medics was outstanding. Many lives were saved because of our medics. I would like to thank Doc Eisenhower C 1/35. Doc you saved my life.

Jack Whitener -- Bethel Island CA USA -- 03/05/2011
Email


3914. Company Commander A 2/351969-70. Platoon leaders: White, Marshall, Johnson. First Sgt. Chandler. Bn. Co. Harrison.

Jerry S. Clark -- Broken Arrow OK USA -- 03/05/2011
Email


3913. Cacti brothers, I just found out that one more of our brothers has passed on. February 19, 2011, Robert "Curby", "Pud" Phelps passed away. Pud was with Delta 1/35th during 1968-69. I last saw him about 5 years ago. I did many searches on the internet these past years but never located him. I salute him and may he rest in peace. "Doc" Olea

Forrest Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 03/04/2011
Email


3912. Hey brothers, I would like to comment on the entries by Doc Rose and Doc DeRosa. I agree that the training we received was subpar for the duty we performed. I also know that there is no way you can prepare someone for the reality of a firefight. All simulated types of training does some good, but let's face it only trial by fire makes you a combat medic. All brothers in arms, know that you did the the absolute best job you could under the circumstances. I have talked to a few modern day corpsmen and they receive a more realistic training than we did. So, why not look at it that maybe what we brought home was passed on and now days training is better because of us. Be well and welcome home brothers. "Doc Olea "C"-"D" 1/35 68-69

Forrest Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 03/04/2011
Email


3911. 1st Battle Group, 35th Infantry, Company D The Cacti. Hawaii, 1957. WILLIAM E EBERHART fell from a Quad B on 19 Nov 57 and died. If you remember this or where there, please contact me. Thank you!

Steve Eberhart -- Dallas TX USA -- 03/03/2011
Email


3910. I have recently been in contact with Sammy Burrola the son of our KIA hero Sammy Burrola Jr C Co. 2/35th KIA 9/25/68. The younger Sammy was only 6 months old when his Father was killed in Vietnam. He would very much like to hear from any Cacti who knew and remember his Father who could tell him anything about what his Father was like or who may have pictures of his Father.If anyone out there can help out Sammy please contact me at the e-mail below and I will put you in touch.-- Thanks--Doc Hal

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/03/2011
Email


3909. I can't speak to the AIT training of medics, but whatever you guys were taught or learned in the field produced some very remarkable men. There are Cacti I served with who are alive today because of you fellows.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 03/02/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


3908. This is in responce to Gary Doc Rose comments #3906 about Medic training in AIT. Gary you are 100% on target. If I said that one time 1 said it 100 times that we didn't get the complete combat training we needed. They should have told us we where going to Nam and trained us for that not working in a hospital or making beds.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 03/02/2011
Email


3907. This is reference to Frankie Gene Willard. Me and my brothers would like to let you all know that he passed away Monday Febuary 21st at 0700. He had this card in his wallet I didn't know who to contact but I know my dad believed in what he did in Vietnam AND ALL hIS FELLOW SOLDIERS AND FALLEN HEROS HE BELIEVED AND GAVE TO THE GREAT USA AS LONG AS HE LIVED AND I KNOW HE IS FLYING OUR COLORS HIGH IN HEAVEN I KNOW HE TALKED TO A FEW OF YOU THRU THE YEARS AND HE WOULD WANT YOU TO KNOW HE LOVED ALL HIS BROTHERS THAT SERVED NEXT TO HIM AND BEFORE HIM AND IN FUTURE AS I WRITE THIS I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW HOW MUCH OUR FAMILY RESPECTS AND THANKS ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SELFLESS ACTS OF BRAVORY. THANKS JUDY, MIKE, AND JOHN WILLARD

Judy Carr/Willard -- Wichita KS USA -- 03/01/2011
Email


3906. Looking foward to the San Antonio reunion. This is where I trained at FT. Sam Houston in 1967 as a 91B10 Medic. I dont know how the other medics felt but I wish the army had given us more field training than hospital training in how to make bed corners or give bed baths !! It would have been great to know if we were going to VN and then spend our whole AIT learning more about saving our men in combat than careing for them in the hospital. Us field medics did the best we could with what training we had....Will be good to see everyone again at the reunion. God Bless...Gary Rose

Gary "Doc" Rose -- Asheville NC USA -- 03/01/2011
Email


3905. On 8 August 1984, a Police Officer was dispatched to the Columbus Cab Co in Fort Benning GA. On the floor lay 70-year-old Charles McGaha. He had been stabbed 46 times. In 1945, on an island in the Philippines, Master Sgt. Charles McGaha, G Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Regiment “Cacti” earned the right to wear the Medal of Honor. McGaha retired from the Army in 1961. He ran a gas station, an insurance agency and the cab company. Although their numbers have dwindled, we should not forget those who served and fought in WWII. With respect to all current and former “Cacti” Soldiers.

Edward Farrar -- Chester VA USA -- 02/28/2011
Email


3904. Remembering Arthur W Herod on the 42nd Year since he made the unlimate sacrific in Vietnam...To all we bow our heads and remember proudly their sacrifices...And to all Veterans...THANK YOU...

Todd Rowley -- Wilmington NC USA -- 02/27/2011
Email


3903. I was googling my Uncle Gene (SGT Firman Eugene Pettus) and came upon you Website. Thank you for the honor in remembering him and all the others that did not make it back. Robert E.(Gene)Young

Robert E. Young -- Magnolia TX USA -- 02/27/2011
Email


3902. On Feb 23, 1969 we lost my dad. PFC Daniel Ward Gleason, 2nd Bn, Charlie Co. I think he'd be very proud of his grandsons. There will come a day when I tell them about a grandpa they'll never know. There's no instruction manual on how to do that, or when. Our oldest is nearly 4 and the youngest is coming up on two. I was only 5 when my dad was killed - and while it's hard for me to be away for only a day or two, I can't imagine what my dad went thru. I pray for his soul, for his guiding hand, that I will honor his life and that he'll never be forgotten. God bless those of you who served, those who died and those who honor their memory.

Jim Gleason -- Mandan ND USA -- 02/22/2011
Email


3901. February 16, 1968 William Greenwell, Platoon Sergeant Fourth Platoon, Delta 1/35 was KIA by a mine. I think of him often and would like to hear from any relatives who may have stumbled onto this site. Rest in peace Bill as you are not forgotten.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 02/15/2011
Email -- http://www.vvsd.net


3900. Am trying to contact SP6 "Dave" Davis who was a PIO attached to B 1/35 in '66 or '67 in Vietnam. I have several photos of him when he was wounded outside a village whose name I don't remember. He was from Littleton, Colorado. In '98, I spent two days calling EVERY Davis in the Denver phone book trying to find him or a relative so I could get the photos to him - no luck. Anyone know his whereabouts? thanx. ct

Chuck Turner ('65 - '67) -- Coos Bay OR USA -- 02/14/2011
Email


3899. Dick Arnold has taken on another monumental task for our web site and he needs our help. The scope of the task is too big to explain here but I will post more in the next Cacti Times. For right now any of you who are in the needed area and have a camera can help. We need photo's of 7 of our Cacti KIA grave markers in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA; We also need photo's of 3 Cacti grave markers in the Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego; and we need photos of 2 of our Cacti grave markers in the Los Angeles National Cemetery. If you can help us by going there and photographing the grave markers in "any" of these cemeteries please contact me at my e-mail address below and I will get you the names and grave locations. In addition, I'm not sure how many Actives may read these posts but we need photo's of 2 Cacti grave markers at the Punchbowl in Hawaii. Again if you can help please contact me at thee-mail below. -- Thanks Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 02/13/2011
Email


3898. Thought you guys might like this page. http://thebrigade.com/2010/11/19/photos-from-the-field/

Solo -- Santa Rosa CA USA -- 02/13/2011
Email


3897. Hey Bravo 2/35th. Two great A Co 2/35th guys (Rick Strawn and Roger Stevens) have issued a challenge. We're not going to let them take the bragging rights are we? You've recently received your monument appeal letter in the mail and the info is also on the web site. How about we get those donations in (in any amount)? I'm donating for sure. I'll make darned sure that we know when we come out on top. This is a monument to all of us. Something we can all be proud of. Doc Hall

Jim "Doc" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 02/12/2011
Email


3896. Mr. Roger Stevens (A co 2/35 69-70) wishes to throw out a Cacti Monument Fund pledge challenge to all other Cacti companies units. Thirty or so A/2/35 veterans will rendezvous Mar. 31 in Myrtle Beach "to strategize your demise." So, git' to giving! Thanks!

Rick Strawn -- Salem OR USA -- 02/11/2011
Email


3895. Would like to hear from anyone that served with Delta Company 2/35 during July, 1968 thru March, 1969.

Ron Hogan -- Seaford DE USA -- 02/09/2011
Email


3894. Today Feb. 9th, 7 days after my 22nd birthday, 43 year ago changed my life. They (who ever there are) called it "TET" while we "GRUNTS" called it survival. After having attended a reunion I found out that my whole platoon was wiped out except for myself. I can only wonder why as I try to give back at every turn to our military. Keep up the good work with the association and flow of information. Phil Collins B 1/35 67-68.

Phil Collins -- Gold Canyon AZ USA -- 02/09/2011
Email


3893. On this date in 1968 18 Cacti died in Vietnam. Lets all pause and take a moment to remember them today.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 02/09/2011
Email


3892. Will Smith may you rest in peace brother. Will was one of the 1st guys I met in Recon and showed me the ropes on how to survive. He was able to attend several reunions and I'll miss him.

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 02/04/2011
Email


3891. I am saddened to report that Willard Smith, Recon 2/35, 1967-68, passed away December 14, 2010 at Harrisburg, PA.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 02/03/2011
Email -- http://www.Cacti35th.org


3890. My dad, William Horace Knight served from Nov. 37 to Aug 1940. He was with Company "H", 35th Infantry, Schofield Barracks, T, H. I have a picture of Christmas Dinner 1938 of menue and the all of company H. If anyone from that company reads this message please contact me at my e-mail. I can not get anything from the government on this enlistment term. And can get very little on his second enlistment, plus being a prisoner of Germany. Thanks so very much.

Jo Knight Ball -- Hildebran NC USA -- 01/30/2011
Email


3889. My GGGrandfather (James H. Binion) was a Pvt. in E Company 35th AL. I am trying to find information concerning the circumstances of his death at Camp Preston MS. Can anyone direct to such? Deo Vindice J.W. Binion Division Chaplain KY Division SCV

James W. Binion III, DMin -- Corbin KY USA -- 01/26/2011
Email -- http://www.1861-1865livinghistory.org


3888. Money! Unfortunately, life often comes down to this. Dues are Due. If you are an annual member, it is time to renew your membership. Please do this now while you are thinking about it. We need your support in order to carry on the many projects that make this a great organization. Just go to the membership page of the website and print out a membership form and get it in the mail today. Without your support, we are nothing. Scholarship Fund: Over the past couple of years tax deductible contributions to this fund have been lagging. In these weak financial times the children and grandchildren of our Cacti Brothers need help more than ever. This fund depends entirely on your generosity. If you are renewing your Annual Membership please check off the box for Donation to the Scholarship Fund. and give whatever you can. It is important to keep this fund solvent so that we can continue to provide this valuable program. Cacti Monument Fund: As most of you know we are attempting to construct a monument at the Infantry Museum grounds at Ft. Benning. We are nearing the halfway point for this fund and we can only reach our goal to build this memorial to Ourselves. If you support us. If you are renewing your Annual Membership and can help us out, please check the box for the Cacti Monument. And contribute (also tax deductible) what you can. For our Life Members, we certainly hope that we can count on you for support of these two important projects. Please take the time to write out a check in support of either or both and mail to Bill Henson: Secretary, 35th Infantry Regiment Association; 3680 Chrisfield Dr., Rocky River, OH 44116-3637.

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 01/25/2011
Email


3886. On Apr 9 two beams from the wreakage of WTC will arrive in Richmond, IN from storage @ JFK. Arriving on flat-bed truck, they will form-up there to be escorted to the final destination in Indy. It is anticipated several hundred motorcycles will be on hand for the ride, probably to Stout Field, by Ind State Police, who will close west bound I-70 for the procession. Any who read this are welcome to participate and to share the information with other interested parties. More info will be available at the email address below. Contact me there if you care to join-in.

Steve Rainbolt -- Indianapolis IN USA -- 01/25/2011
Email


3885. April 67 - Dec 68 Dong Ha River Rat

Jack E. Cook -- West Monroe IA USA -- 01/23/2011
Email


3884. 2011 will mark the 10th annv of 9-11 and a memorial will be dedicated in Shanksville, PA to mark the spot where so many brave souls helped steer their plane into a crash landing. A few of us will be convoying there on Sept 9th and I will be amoung them, representing 3rd Brg Cacti and ALR #145. If you are interested, and need hotel or campsite info, contact me via email below. CACTI FOREVER! ALR rides for God, country & Vets everywhere!

Steve Rainbolt -- Indianapolis IN USA -- 01/23/2011
Email


3883. Served as PA for Cacti at Schofield May 83- July 87, the last 2 years under LTC James T. Hill. retired after 20 years in 1990. I have enjoyed reading your stories and your great web site. Cacti!

Ted Murray -- St. Petersburg FL USA -- 01/19/2011
Email


3882. To: Dave Muxo, While updating my Roster of Cacti Names I saw that Guestbook Archive 3's entries have been lost. I HAVE A HARD COPY(55 Pages) of GA 3! I can have it out in Tuesday's Mail if you will e-mail me your mailing address. CACTI Forever!

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 01/16/2011
Email


3881. LTC Tuley has invited all Cacti Association members to attend the Cacti Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. This formal event will be held on Saturday, 26 February. 1LT Angel Rosario is our point of contact. For specifics about the ball, contact 1LT Angel Rosario at Schofield Barracks at 808-655-4060, 787-233-4457 or email at angel.rosarioescobar@us.army.mil. This is an exciting opportunity to share in a wonderful and fun experience with our young soldiers and their families before they leave on their combat tour in Afghanistan in late March. John Lorts, B 2-35 1966-67, Active Unit Liaison

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 01/10/2011
Email


3880. Thanks John for all you do for our Association and for keeping us up to date with our active Cacti. Happy New Year

Tom Mahon -- Inverness FL USA -- 01/03/2011


3879. The Cacti battalion will be deploying soon to the National Training Center in California to prepare for their next war time deployment in Afghanistan. I will post more information as it becomes available. John Lorts, Active Unit Liaison, 35th Infantry Regiment "Cacti" Association.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 01/02/2011
Email


3878. Money! Unfortunately, life often comes down to this. Dues are Due. If you are an annual member, it is time to renew your membership. Please do this now while you are thinking about it. We need your support in order to carry on the many projects that make this a great organization. Just go to the membership page of the website and print out a membership form and get it in the mail today. Without your support, we are nothing. Scholarship Fund: Over the past couple of years tax deductible contributions to this fund have been lagging. In these weak financial times the children and grandchildren of our Cacti Brothers need help more than ever. This fund depends entirely on your generosity. If you are renewing your Annual Membership please check off the box for â?oDonation to the Scholarship Fundâ? and give whatever you can. It is important to keep this fund solvent so that we can continue to provide this valuable program. Cacti Monument Fund: As most of you know we are attempting to construct a monument at the Infantry Museum grounds at Ft. Benning. We are nearing the halfway point for this fund and we can only reach our goal to build this memorial to â?oOurselvesâ? if you support us. If you are renewing your Annual Membership and can help us out, please check the box for the â?oCacti Monumentâ? and contribute (also tax deductible) what you can. For our Life Members, we certainly hope that we can count on you for support of these two important projects. Please take the time to write out a check in support of either or both and mail to Bill Henson: Secretary, 35th Infantry Regiment Association; 3680 Chrisfield Dr., Rocky River, OH 44116-3637.

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 12/30/2010
Email


3877. looking to hear from anybody that was at pleiku 1966

Jose A. Lopez -- Lakeland FL USA -- 12/30/2010
Email


3876. Happy New Year to all of you

Tom Mahon --  USA -- 12/28/2010


3875. Hope everyone had a Great Holiday and wishing all a Happy New Year. My email has changed to majrrich@verizon.net. Again have a Happy New Year see Ya All in Texas Rich Nilsen

Richard A Nilsen -- Massapequa NY USA -- 12/28/2010
Email


3874. Message I posted , did not appear? But, To all Remember, The Regiment lives on, We are all bonded forever, I was a soldier, I Am a soldier and I always will be a soldier. God Loves You All, Remember and pass it on... Doc Ellis

Roger Ellis( Doc) -- Trinity FL USA -- 12/28/2010
Email


3873. Looking to locate...James Curry, 25th Inf, 35 Reg, C Company 58-59

Gerard \"Jerry\" Sullivan -- New York NY USA -- 12/26/2010
Email


3872. Hi,I was wondering if anybody out there had any info or stories about PFC Jimmy R Hohstadt KIA 9Oct67. He is my girlfriends brother and I would like to see if there is any info out there on Jimmy. She was young when he died and does not remember alot of what happened. Thanks for any information you have and Thanks for your service to our nation. Neil

Neil Tierney -- Chardon OH USA -- 12/25/2010
Email


3871. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all. Another year has past and a few more aches and pains have popped up. I'm told its part of the contract, still haven't seen it. Anyway, best wishs to all. James

James L. Fisher -- Land O Lakes FL USA -- 12/25/2010
Email


3870. Merry Christmas to all my Cacti brothers-- may God bless you with peace, happiness and joy during this season of celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fred Shook -- Adel GA USA -- 12/25/2010
Email


3869. Also wanting to wish a merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Cacti and families. --trappmanrhett@yahoo.com

 --  NM USA -- 12/24/2010
Email


3868. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Cacti and families.

lee ingram -- Arab AL USA -- 12/24/2010
Email


3867. The Holidays are here and as we enjoy time with our Families take time to remember our brothers we have lost. A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE NEW YEARS. John Morgan HHC/D co 2/35th '67-'68

John Morgan -- Colfax CA USA -- 12/24/2010
Email


3866. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my Cacti Brothers. A/2/35 1966-1967

Curtis P Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 12/23/2010
Email


3865. I'd like to wish all my Cacti brothers a Merry Christmas and Happy new Year! Were not getting any younger so if you haven't attended one of our annual reunions or found that one buddy you don't know what happened to, it's time to get busy and do that. I'd be glad to help find that buddy if you need it.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 12/22/2010
Email


3864. Recon 2/35 1965 - 1967, Just a quick Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. During your busy and often hectic holidays take a moment, too remember all of your friends both old and new. Sgt Mac

Thomas E, McCauslin -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 12/21/2010
Email


3863. I have lost contact with family members of James J. Curry, PFC 35th Infantry. Jim died on April 1, 1968 in Vietnam. Is it possible that you might have any information on how I might reach them. If you could contact them and give them my email address. I would take it as a great favor. My phone number is 978-744-1711

Brian Thibodeau -- Salem MA USA -- 12/21/2010
Email


3862. Wishing all my Cacti Brothers, their Families and Friends a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A JOYOUS NEW YEAR!! Just a note: Our Son was injured(mostly Blast Concussion) during a Mortar attack last week in "The Stan".He is on 72 Rest Restriction. No Wounds(but then some of us have experienced the effects of Blast Concussion-Christmas Night '67 C Co. 2nd Bn). He has kept in touch with his wife and kids and they are keeping us up to date. Went to 'Philly' on the 11th to see the Army-Navy Game(we are SO IN NEED OF A WIN THIS CENTURY!!). Hope to see all of you in San 'Antone' next year!! CACTI FOREVER, Tom Gragg

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 12/20/2010
Email


3861. Served in 2/9th Artillery 4th Inf May 68-69, Kontum, then Oasis til 4-day drop DEROS 16 May shortly after VC sapper/mortar attacks of 11 & 12 May. Have succeeded in contacting, Mike Kurtgis FO pilot and (then Maj) Jerry P. Orr. Am hunting others including Dennis Price who's d.g.p.@ comcast.net failed. Does anyone have a new address? Mike and Jerry have told me about Jul(?) 2011 San Antonio reunion, Charles P. Skidmore Jr. (with whom I've remained in contact through the years) and I am planning to attend. This is first time in 35th Inf site, hope to find link to others. Peace to all,

A. John \"Moon\" Mullins -- Elgin IL USA -- 12/19/2010
Email


3860. Merry Christmas to all of you Cacti folks that your blessings be in abundance and happines by the bushel full. Hope to see you across the Sabine River.

Jesse Campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 12/18/2010
Email


3859. Captain Boettcher, D 1/35th, I sure would like to hear from you. Please send an e-mail. Ex-LT Muller, FO '67-'68

J.L.Muller -- Landenberg PA USA -- 12/14/2010
Email


3858. I would like to talk to Anthony Bisantz. You can email me your Phone No and I will call you . There are some questions I hope that you can answer for me. Thank you Paul Mullins

Paul Mullins -- Gray TN USA -- 12/13/2010
Email


3857. Hi ..Just checking in again i haven't been on for awhile...still hoping to find...a Ray Price...and James Doris...from C 1/35 NOV-1966-Nov 1967.... I also would like to find LT Shannendor...I think I spelled it correct...our Commander was CPT Cavender..after CPT Cadilla our top dog was SGT Bergman....which I know have been killed God Bless there souls.........I was in re-supply under the name Munz...God Bless our service men and woman... George Munzing Sr

George R Munzing SR -- North Brunswick SR USA -- 12/12/2010
Email


3856. Nam Nov.67-Nov.68 2/35 C company. Been in contact with Thomas,Roberts and Racer. Anyone else from that time period, would like to chat. God bless you all! Denny Birkey

Dennis Birkey -- Sheldon IL USA -- 12/10/2010
Email


3855. Wishing all Cacti (especially the "old Shotgun Platoons") a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year....Bobby Hurt....

Bobby Hurt -- McCalla AL USA -- 12/08/2010
Email


3854. KOREA 1950-1952. My Dad was in 34th "K"; 19th various units; and 187th. If anyone remembers him at all, please contact me. His name is WILLIAM E EBERHART was an infantryman and paratrooper. Operation "Spitfire" "Leopard" ---- HAWAII CACTI 35th company D...November 1957 He died in a fall from a barrack building, Quad B at Schoffield. Anyone remember this, please contact me. ---- Looking for ROBERT E BLOODWORTH who was stationed in Hawaii in November 1957 CACT 35th company D. Anyone know of him or his whereabouts or what has become of him? PLEASE contact me if any of this is familiar! THANK YOU!

STEVE EBERHART -- Dallas TX USA -- 12/07/2010
Email


3853. My cousin, SPENCER BYRD POWERS Jr. 2D LT CO B 35 INF 4 INF DIV was KIA in Vietnam on 8 Feb. 1968. Any information on his service from those who knew him will greatly appreciated. I already have a printout of Dick Arnolds' 9 Feb 1968 narrative. The U.S. Post Office in Cary, Mississippi,(just north of Vicksburg) his home town, is to be named after him in the near future, Thanks Howard D. Cole

Howard D. Cole -- Greensboro NC USA -- 12/06/2010
Email


3852. Deployed from Hawaii, with C-Company 1/35. Anyone remembers, holler.

Jack M Futch -- Wingate NC USA -- 12/03/2010


3851. Remembering Jose Ramos and Joe Furch, A/1/35TH who were KIA on Nov 27, 1967..Gone but never forgotten..

Dave Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 12/01/2010
Email


3850. Jan 20, 1967 Vietnam. There was a medic with Lt Jack Burr, the platoon leader 3rd herd A co 1/35 on jan 20 1967 between the two of them, they saved my life, sure would love to communicate with and see them. Thanks for your help.

C Pace Caldwell -- Jacksonville FL USA -- 12/01/2010
Email


3849. Looking for Harvey Hilbert 3rd herd A co 1/35 wounded early morning may 29 1966 anyone out there have an address let me know. I was with him that night. Thanks

C Pace Caldwell -- Jacksonville FL USA -- 12/01/2010
Email


3848. Looking for Lt. Jack Burr from Jan, 1967 VietNam. 3rd Platoon A Co 1/35 My platoon leader on jan 20, 1967. Last time I saw him he visited me in Hospital late jan, 1967. Any help in locating, Thanks. See everyone at reunion.

C. Pace Caldwell -- Jacksonville FL USA -- 12/01/2010
Email


3847. SGM Retired. Was in S-3 2/35 from Jan 65 to Dec 66. Would like to hear from anyone during that period. Especially, SGM Frankin

Donald Duncan -- Lakewood WA USA -- 11/30/2010
Email


3846. I was with the medical CO 35th Inf Reg in Otsu in 1949 and in Korea I was a litter jeep driver with the aid station covering the ist Bn. would like to hear from anyone who is out there who may. Remmber me I have been in touch with Richard Ziemba and I stay in touch with Bill Proctor, would like to hear from any medic who was with Med Co at the same time as I was. Frank N Kruczynski SFC RET

Frank Nkruczynski -- Aberdeen MD USA -- 11/28/2010
Email


3845. Great website!! Looking for anyone out there that served in the 35th in 1952-1954 who may know a medic named Johnny Fly, who was a medic. Thanks.

Vance Zimmer -- Juction City KS USA -- 11/27/2010
Email


3844. Ischemic Heart Disease. No history of any family member with CAD and yet, here I am. Only nexus service in you no where. Get checked out as it is now compensable and agent orange related. You can live with it, but if not discovered and treated early it will ambush you when you least expect it and do you in. Phil

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 11/26/2010
Email


3843. Sandra, If you want a flag contact me. I may be able to help you.

Joe Henderson -- Levittown PA USA -- 11/25/2010
Email


3842. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Lets remember all those who cannot celebrate it. Keep them in your prayers.

Joe Henderson -- Levittown PA USA -- 11/25/2010
Email


3839. The following is my favorite story of Thanksgiving in Vietnam. It appeared in the 4th Inf Div guestbook on Nov 23, 2000. The writer was not a Cacti but the experience could well of been. Doc Hall. After the Battle of Dak To and after receiving replacements and resupply, our unit was moved into a firebase near Kontum in the Central Highlands a few days before Thanksgiving. We were advised that a full-blown Thanksgiving dinner would be brought out to us. Early that morning, a lone chopper approached and landed on the LZ. Out of it came several generals accompanied by our battalion commander, "Saber". When this much "brass" is around, you know something is up. We were ordered to pack-up our gear, as we were going to be making a CA into a "hot" LZ and once we secured a perimeter we would receive our hot chow. We moved out, and they were right. Partially right, the LZ was hot alright, not with NVA, but the small fires created by artillery and airstrikes. While some extinguished the fires, the others started digging-in. Once our positions were finished and the perimeter was secure, again a lone chopper approached our LZ and unloaded two mermite cans. One with turkey, the other mashed potatoes. They forgot not only all the trimmings, but also, paper plates to serve it on. As a "grunt", we didn't carry mess kits. As I walked the chow line with my hands out, one hand was filled with turkey, the other mashed potatoes. Then it began to rain. And rain like, only, you can get in the highlands. I had to hurry to eat the mashed potatoes before it ran through my fingers. What a Thanksgiving!!! And you know, I was thankful to receive it. Every Thanksgiving while I sit with family, I think of this time and am grateful. Grateful to my Lord and Savior for the sacrifice he made for us and to remember my Brothers who can only be there in spirit. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving to you all. Steve "Ed" Edmunds C Co 3/8th 4th Div RVN 5/67-5/68

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 11/25/2010
Email


3838. Cacti brothers and sisters. Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you. "DOC"

Forrest \"DOC\" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 11/25/2010
Email


3837. Just want to wish all my Cacti brothers, especially 1st platoon, Bravo, 2/35, a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. May you all be surrounded by those you love this holiday.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 11/25/2010
Email


3836. Ask and Ye shall receive. I posted a request to find an orignal copy of the Cacti Times/Newsletter and within a few hours I had 2 offers and a scanned copy of that newsletter. Thanks to all. -- Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 11/22/2010
Email


3835. It's with sadness that I report we lost a brother today. Leroy Cook "Beetle" Recon 2/35th 1969 & 70 passed this morning from heart failure. Please say a prayer for him and his loved one's.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 11/22/2010
Email


3834. Does anyone out there have a copy of the very first Cacti newsletter? Not sure if it came out right before the first reunion in Sept 1999 or right after it. It was a relatively small document. Joan Arnold would of been the editor then. We are doing a project right now to allow us to preserve copies of all Cacti Times/ Cacti Newsletters and are missing only this one. We would be happy to receive a copy of this and even a xerox copy or a scan would do nicely. Thanks, Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 11/21/2010
Email


3833. I was moved by 3 events this year, providing a first hand account regarding Lt. Gentinne being KIA'd at the Rock Quarry, attending the Ken Henniger Memorial Tribute, and of course the presentation at the Reunion in Pittsburgh that honor's our fallen heroes..... On November 21, 1969 at what remainded of the Oasis Fire Base, I remember and honor, Curtis Frantz, Robert Worthen and Charles Howze who were killed due to a faulty 4.2 Mortar Round. In addition, Donald Boyles KIA was related to this incident since he led a convoy from Camp Enari to the Oasis to potentially pick up the wounded. The convoy was ambused on its return trip to Camp Enari killing Warrant Officer Boyles. I remember this day quite well after so many years. I learned from all of you never to forget. I thank all of you.

Pete Manuguerra A & HHC 1/35th -- Medina OH USA -- 11/19/2010
Email


3832. We are looking for a 2-35 cacti flag, is it possible to get one?

sandra gibson -- Nauvoo AL USA -- 11/16/2010
Email


3831. Just a short note. Somehow, a message I sent to the guest book did not get put on here. I will try again. The Cacti needs to salute 3 "D" 1/35 soldiers that lost their lives on veterans day 1968. Those brave brothers are: John "Preacher" Bratton, James Humphrey, & Gary Rust. May they rest in peace with the knowledge that they will never be forgotten. Thank You. "DOC"

Forrest \"DOC\" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 11/13/2010
Email


3830. Hi, I am the brother of Rafael G.Reyes who was a soldier in the 35th Infantry Regiment 4th Division USA from 1968 to 1969 in Vietnam. He lost a comrade on 1/1/69 at a river crossing. The details are at: http://www.cacti35th.org/regiment/kia/kia_details.php?person_id=272&battalion=1st My brother sent the second picture to your organization (he is in the foreground). He tried to save his buddy and almost drowned himself. He was a good soldier and he's a good man. Bless you all, Gabe

Gabriel E. Reyes -- Brooklyn NY USA -- 11/12/2010
Email


3829. President Obama was with our troops in South Korea, see: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/11/11/2010-11-11_president_obama_marks_veterans_day_in_south_korea_blasts_north_koreas_nuclear_am.html?r=news/politics

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 11/12/2010
Email


3828. I am looking for anyone who knew my brother Glenn H. Muscato, he was from Salem MA. He stepped on a explosive device on April 15,1967. He died in November of 2001 and is now buried in Arlington National Cemetery, where he always wanted to be. I miss my older brother very much, he went through so much hell(which I can see all of Charlie company did). I would love for his children to know him as I did growing up,, so if anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you on this Veteran Day Romona T. Gauthier ( also a navy wife for 29 years)

Romona Gauthier (Muscato) -- Sumter SC USA -- 11/12/2010
Email


3827. Happy Veterans Day to all fellow Cacti! I am honored and proud to have served with you.

Curtis P Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 11/11/2010
Email


3826. To all my Cacti Brothers and Sisters, Happy Veterans Day. Enjoy the festivites; honor our brothers who lost the chance to grow older; Thank whatever God you choose to for the blessing of being here. Cacti Forever!

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 11/11/2010
Email


3825. Happy Veterans Day!

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 11/11/2010
Email


3824. Remembering all our veterans--thank God for them all--also remembering my brother Robert Shook kia Aug-2 69--God bless all my Cacti brothers

fred shook -- Adel GA USA -- 11/11/2010
Email


3823. Tomorrow is Veterans Day... Do you know where your Commander-In-Chief is?

Lee Ingram -- Arab AL USA -- 11/10/2010
Email


3822. Happy Veterans Day to all......

Pancho -- San Antonio TX USA -- 11/10/2010
Email


3821. With special thoughts for Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/17/67 - I would like to send my best wishes to all of the 35th on this Veterans Day. Many thanks for your service then and your service and your helpful information now. To steal and twist a line... "God Bless You Every One!"

A Friend --  USA -- 11/09/2010


3820. A/1/35 lost seven more of it's best 43 years ago today November 9, 1967. I especially remember Donald S Holke. Gone but certainly never forgotten.

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 11/09/2010
Email


3819. Hello! Everyone,with Veterans Day approaching very quickly and the holidays too,My thoughts are always around my Father,Sgt.Albert K. Christy and I just wanted to say thank you to all the veterans out there in the 35th, who fought and served in Vietnam, and being so faithful to serve for this amazingly awesomeous and beautiful country we live in,just take a deep breath and know,feel the spirit of life inside you!IJohn 15:13!NIV- I am very excited for this new Information Cntr@ the wall!!! And I can't wait to see it when it is Finished. And all the men who sacrificed there lives,they will finally have a face and not just a name on a Marble Wall,but also short essay about themselves,their families,and hobbies.It is alot easier than trying to send a letter to heaven!So spread the good news ok!Anyone that knew Albert,please email me!Thank you! www.Thenewinformationcenteratthewall.orgProud Goldstar Daughter, D.K.Christy

Diana K. Christy -- Seattle WA USA -- 11/09/2010
Email


3818. My uncle Frank E. Barber, member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, was Killed In Action, on April 29, 1945, Luzon, Phillipines. He was a stretcher bearer. My grandmother had his remains returned to be buried in Renville, Minnesota. I wish to pay homage to his service to his nation.

Terry L Hill -- Show Low AZ USA -- 11/05/2010
Email


3817. This morning I e-mailed 335 copies of the new issue of "Cacti Times." Only 21 were rejected by the cyber OP. Please let me know if you are a paid annual/Life member and did not receive your electronic copy. If you are not a member of the Association, we invite you to join us. The hard magazine copy will be sent by U.S. mail several weeks from now.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 11/02/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3816. For those who may have missed the 60 minutes segment on Veterans Village October 17th it can be viewed on our website www.vvsd.net.

Phil Lanids -- San Diego CA USA -- 10/30/2010
Email


3815. Just wanting to wish all cacti and their families a very happy if spooky Halloween, also want to say a prayer for all cacti in harms way. Wayne(lucky)Lund, and Family

Wayne D. Lund -- San Antonio TX USA -- 10/28/2010
Email


3814. Hello again and again I'd like to welcome home all our military heroes. I have repeatedly viewed the site, in hopes of, seeing pictures of all those who attended the Pittsburgh Reunion. This is one way, I can reach out to the members of my unit. When are you going to publish these pictures.

lisandro dehoyos -- Oak Hills CA USA -- 10/27/2010
Email


3813. http://www.veteranprograms.com We keep coming back to this website again and again. Great work! And millions from around the world continue to visit the Award Winning U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs website. It is a great source where veterans learn how to secure benefits, increase benefits, and get the latest information about compensation, pension, and benefits for veterans - FIRST. Visit Today! http://www.veteranprograms.com

Rance Jurevwicz --  USA -- 10/23/2010
Email -- http://www.veteranprograms.com


3812. I was in the 10-66 OCS Infantry Class with James Blankenship at Ft. Benning, GA. I did not complete OCS. I went to Vietnam in May 1966 as an army medic with the 561st. Med. Amb. Company and the 584th. Med. Amb. Company. I served in Cu Chi, Tay Ninh, Iron Triangle, Hobo Woods and some areas I do not know.

Joel K. Harris, Sr., Ph.D. -- Ocala FL USA -- 10/19/2010
Email


3811. For those who don't know, Cacti Phil Landis, D Co. 1/35, 1967-68, is President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, featured on "60 Minutes" Oct. 17. The Association is extremely proud of the work of Phil and Dr. Jon Nachison, Clinical Director of The Village. Thank you, Phil and Jon.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 10/17/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3810. I wish to announce the belated death of a 35th Cacti Solder of WWII. His Name was John McConeghey and he fought with the 35th during WWII. He was a Staff Sergeant assigned to G Co, 2nd Bn, 35th Regiment and fought in the pacific campaigns until he was injured. He earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Mr. McConeghey died April 12, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines from complications of a fall in his home. He was 87 years old. Mr. McConeghey assisted me in the research of my Father's WWII history with the 35th at which I am forever grateful.

Ed Farrar -- Chester VA USA -- 10/16/2010
Email


3809. Co D 1/35 and BN S4 July 1967-July 1968

Wolfgang \"Fred\" Boettcher -- Ormond Beach FL USA -- 10/15/2010
Email


3808. This Sunday October 17th at 7PM 60 minuets will be airing a story about the San Diego Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and Veterans Village. We had four camera crews, a senior producer and Scott Pelley with us for five days shooting the segment last July. Hope you enjoy it!

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 10/14/2010
Email -- http://www.vvsd.net


3807. Step son of Jim Anderson. Much respect for all of you, And welcome home. SSG Muzzy, Jason B. co 2-357 IN

Jason R Muzzy -- Mount Vernon WA USA -- 10/14/2010
Email


3806. 85' alumni

jeffrey black -- williamsport PA USA -- 10/14/2010
Email


3805. I will be hosting a RECON BARQ at my home during the Cacti Reunion, if you are a Recon Brother send me your name so that I can send you my address and the information on the BARQ.............

Pancho -- San Antonio TX USA -- 10/12/2010
Email


3804. Can not wait for July 2011, message for Pete Birrow find a place,for Bravo luncheon.

jesse campos -- Anacoco LA USA -- 10/11/2010
Email


3803. October 9, 1967-- A/1/35TH---- Gone way to soon but never forgotten!---- William Robert Bray, Edward Joseph Dunsey (Blotzer), Willis Wayne Emerton, David Littlehale Farley, Jimmy R. Hohstadt, Richard R. Irwin Jr., Robert J. Lazaro, Bernard Meirndorf, Joel C. Roper, Ronald S. Sandel Stephen J. Smith

Dave Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 10/09/2010
Email


3802. My brother in law, Ed Fordyce, introduced me to this site. He wanted me to read "Who We Should Thank." The stories here are great! Kathie L.

Kathie Langston -- El cajon CA USA -- 10/09/2010
Email -- http://www.facebook.com/kathie.langston


3801. I was in Vietnam in 1968-1969 with C 1/35 4th Inf Div.

Robert T. Cauthen -- Bon Aqua TN USA -- 10/05/2010
Email


3800. To/For the Cacti Assn webmaster, regimental historian, and all Cacti with relatives. Found the following online, which I wish to share with all above mentioned... (Note that by domain being ".mil", it is evidently thereby hosted by an Official USARMY-server). the Tropic Lightning Museum website: http://www.25idl.army.mil/tropic%20lightning%20museum/index.html After having checked the 25th ID Assn website, I was unable to locate this link in its linkspage. If interrest exists within Cacti Assn, would Cacti Assn webmaster consider to include above link in Cacti Assn websites own linkspage, aswell as perhaps also alert the Board Of Members of the 25th ID Assn of the existence of the above website? Take Good Care!

Alf Bjare \"Friend of the regiment honorary life member\". --  USA -- 09/29/2010
 -- http://www.25idl.army.mil/tropic%20lightning%20museum/index.html


3799. I am looking for info on St. Clair County, Alabama heroes who made the supreme sacrifice in the Vietnam War. I hope to develop a booklet of the twelve individuals on out county memorial. A copy of an email from Richard J Arnold, dated 2004/04/30, was found on the Internet, requesting a photo and other info for LAWRENCE ADAMS HURD, Panel 21E Line 106 of Virtual Wall. I will appreciate any info (military and family, nearest of kin etc), and picture if available, which is not available in the "Full Profile" of Specialist Four Hurd. Please reply with positive or negative report. Sincerely, Dick Whatley

Dick Whatley -- Pell City AL USA -- 09/28/2010
Email


3798. I am the widow of Henry L. Aderholt, who was shot out of a helicopter in February 1970 and died of those wounds on December 12, 1972. He was transfered to Japan and then on to Ft. Benning, GA. I never received any of his personal possession after he left Vietnam. His sister, Karen Hopkins and I are trying to get his name added to the Vietnam Wall but have had no luck yet. We will never forget, we will never give up.

Judy Woodall -- Birmingham AL USA -- 09/28/2010
Email


3797. I'm trying to reach Pace Caldwell in Jacksonville, Florida. I tried to e-mail you at the e-mail address on the website, but they say it is not the right e-mail. Please contact me if you get this message. Send me your address if you don't have e-mail. Marc Cadriel (3rd Herd) Vietnam 1966

Marcos Cadriel Jr. -- Peoria AZ USA -- 09/28/2010
Email


3796. I enjoyed this so much,I am so glad people remember the lost. Paul was a great person and father we miss him so much. Thanks

Mrs. Paul Oneal Brown -- Florence AL USA -- 09/26/2010
Email


3795. I join Michael in rememberance of Roger Fulkerson. He was a fine man doing what he believed in. His legacy lives on in his daughter Lynne and her family. He would have been very proud of all of them.

Jeanne Griffin Smith -- Sacramento CA USA -- 09/25/2010
Email


3794. Remembering Roger Fulkerson F.O. "C" 2/35 Duc Lap 9-25-68 and all our Cacti Brothers, who left it all on the field of battle in that place called Vietnam.

Michael P. Kurtgis -- Fort Lauderdale FL USA -- 09/24/2010
Email


3793. Yesterday, 9/17/2010, in conjunction with the Ind observance of Nat'l POW/MIA Day, two restored RVN choppers left from the Annual Vietnam Veterans reunion grounds in Kokomo, IN. I was honored to be aboard one, a former gunship. Along with the other, a restored Medvac both flew from there to a fly-over at the POW/MIA ceremonies @ the WWII Memorial in downtown Indy. (Approx 30 min each way.) Both choppers landed on the grounds of the Amer Legion Mall, where they became part of a static display. I was very happy and proud to be asked to participate, and felt honored to represent A/2/35, and indeed all of the Cacti, ALR Post 145 & VFW Post 1120. Rudy & Dave, Jerry & Richard, Jamie, Carl & Herman, all flew with me again. I had forgotten over the years how their presence, comforted me. They were there in my heart!

steve rainbolt -- Indpls IN USA -- 09/18/2010
Email


3792. Co A 2/35 1970 Heading out for the Kokomo In Vietnam Vets Reunion Sept 17 18 19. I stay with my brothers group the 173rd Airborne guys just south of the middle of the big tent. Welcome home brothers.....Dennis

Den Grencik -- Midlothian IL USA -- 09/13/2010
Email


3791. i was a front line medic 3/22 hhc 25th.68 69 i was e5 when i got out

olin w chapin -- roswell NM USA -- 09/11/2010
Email


3790. Would like to contact anyone that fought with me in Korea. 25th division,35th infantry, Mike Company 1950-1951

Emmett J. Williams -- Jackson TN USA -- 09/11/2010
Email


3789. My father JOHN P. LITTLE fought in this battle, I am forever grateful my father came home safe. My prayers go up for all who have fought, all who were lost, all who have children and grandchildren carrying on the legacy of their fathers before them, for all to be safe, God Bless Each of you for fighting so I may be free to write this message my daddy and all of you.

Candis B Nestor -- Springhill FL USA -- 09/05/2010
Email


3788. I was with "K" Co. 35th Inf Regt in Korea from Feb 1952 thru Nov 1952. If you were with or know anyone that was with King Company during that time period I would appreciate hearing from you! I was squad leader 2nd Squad 2nd Platoon.

John P. Little -- Caledonia OH USA -- 09/05/2010
Email


3787. Please take a moment on the eve of this Labor Day weekend to remember the 16 Cacti who died in service to their country in South Korea on September 3, 1950.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 09/03/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3786. I was born in 1970, which was to young to recall the vietnam war, but I do have two uncles who fought there. I honor those who served our country to the highest honor. I own a cleaning business and a we had a job to remove books from a home. I usally sell books on ebay. I was sifting threw some of these books and came across a childs book called the wall, as I was sifting a piece of paper fell out and it was a scratching of the The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the persons name was Brian K McGar. I did some reseach and was happy to find him, he did give up his life to the war. I decided to keep this book. thanks to Brian and many young men who fought.

CHRISTINE -- EWING NJ USA -- 09/01/2010
Email


3785. I was with the Unit 1/35th/25th inf Co B from 1972 to 1975 Schofield Barracks, Hawaii APO 96557

George D Lyttle -- Westfield MA USA -- 08/29/2010
Email


3784. I just wanted to thank everyone in your esteemed Regiment, past, present, and future, for serving our country with courage. I found this page while, oddly enough, researching for a jungle themed Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard regiment, and spent hours reading. It's great to hear the stories from the people that were there, and fought so I can have the freedom to play my wargames safely, and that if I can honor the legacy of the brave soldiers, even in my nerdy little wargame, I will, and have. I'll send pictures of the models, and look forward to braggin about the real soldiers while I lead my play ones to victory. Cheers! George

George Blackmore -- Bellingham WA USA -- 08/28/2010
Email


3783. It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of another Cacti Brother from "The Greatest Generation". Two days ago Louis Memmi, formerly of F Company from 1942-1945 passed away at home;Hershey PA. at the age of 93. REST IN PEACE BROTHER for you have passed on the Torch of Freedom which we will continue to hold high until we meet again one day. Further information can be found at pennlive.com/obits.

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 08/27/2010
Email


3782. Thank you for posting the information about 1Lt. Harry Lee Davis. I have been married to his sole surviving brother, Gary, for 38 years. His baby brother, Larry, passed in 1971 after a mountain climbing accident. Harry now has a name sake, my grandson. After comparing his baby pictures to my grandson's pictures I was astounded. They could have been twins except for their 3-generation separation. Harry's parents have passed, however, his mother's twin sister is now 91 years old. My email address is pdavis2001@comcast.net. Sincerely, Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis -- Aurora CO USA -- 08/26/2010
Email


3781. Any of my Cacti Brothers know the exact dates of the San Antonio Reunion?

Joe Skillings -- Minneapolis MN USA -- 08/25/2010
Email -- http://www.earthlink.net


3780. I would love to here from any body that was in 2nd platoon...69 or 70...to see how there lives turned out

Sgt. Houston Hamilton -- Gray GA USA -- 08/24/2010
Email


3779. Steve Rainbolt has located 3 old buddies since the July Reunion in Pittsburgh. How many have you found? I'll be glad to try and help. -- Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 08/23/2010
Email


3778. A Cacti at the Pittsburgh reunion told me that he has a child with spinal bifida. I'm embarrassed to say that I can't recall his name. If he doesn't know, I want him and others to be aware that the VA provides monthly compensation for children of Korea and Vietnam vets with this medical issue as it is considered a result of the father's Agent Orange exposure. Please feel free to contact me privately if you aren't aware of this program.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 08/23/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3777. I am trying to find "after action Reports" during The Korean War. I have a friend who served with Regimental S2 from about 4 Apr. 1952 to July 1953.

Ronald Haviland -- Ozark AL USA -- 08/22/2010
Email


3776. Does anyone remember any of these names from the Cacti in late 1957/ early 1958? Albert C. Smith Kenny J. Dobbs Robert E. Bloodworth Herman L. Otto Donald Hobill Dalhart Moran If you know or remember any of these individuals, I'd appreciate an email to seberhart@tx.rr.com THANK YOU! Steve

Steve Eberhart -- Dallas TX USA -- 08/21/2010
Email


3775. My wife and I attended our 2nd Reunion in Pittsburgh and had a wonderful time. I was able to see my Platoon Leader, Pat Lenz and two of my Commanding officers, Anthony Bisantz and John Fielding who I hadn't seen in 44 years. We also were able to meet their wives and spend time together. I want to thank everyone who works to make these Reunions possible. If it hadn't been for the Reunions, I wouldn't have been able to see them and all other Cacti members whom I got to meet personally.. It was a very special time we won't forget. Looking forward to San Antonio. Thank you and God bless, Marcos and Judy Cadriel Peoria,Az. A Co. 1st 35th, Class of 65-66

Marcos Cadriel Jr. -- Peoria AZ USA -- 08/20/2010
Email


3774. Looking for anyone who might remember an incident at LZ Challenge on 14 February 1970, slick door gunner was shot during a resupply drop and fell out of the ship into the LZ. Any information might be valuable, he was a 119th Assault Helicopter Company gunner named SP4 Henry Lester Aderholt, who died as a result of his wounds two years later. We are trying to get his name added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and we would appreciate any help.

Bob Kilpatrick -- East Hampton CT USA -- 08/18/2010
Email


3773. On this date in 1950 19 men sacrificed all in Korea. Think about, and honor them.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 08/18/2010
Email


3772. If you've got 'em, we want 'em. Orders that is. We have just completed a project of attempting to locate 1000 Cacti who were previously presumed to be unaware of us. The great majority of these were from 1969 and 1970. We would love to work toward finding more of our old buddies from years prior to this. Our method of doing this is through old orders and lots of hard research. If you have old orders laying around that include anyone who served with the 35th we would love to have a copy so that we can continue our efforts of locating as many ex-Cacti as we can. You can e-mail me copies as attachments to the e-mail address below or snail mail to 1335 N. Broad St/ Wood bury, NJ 08096 ATTN Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 08/17/2010
Email


3771. Just want to remind everyone that the membership voted last year and reaffirmed this year a desire to raise funds for the purpose of erecting a monument near the Infantry Museum at Fort Benning. To this end, as I understand it, we are not quite half way to our goal but we have made good progress over the past year. We need your support if we are to make our goal of $25,000 raised for this lasting monument to all of us. Please go to the front page of our web site and get Mike Tryon's address to make your donation. Any donation large or small will help us reach our goal. We need to get this done sooner than later. Please give what you can. -- Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 08/15/2010
Email


3770. Served with RECON PLT, E CO, 2ND BN, 35TH INFANTRY, 9-3-67 thru 12-15-67 In memory of my friend and brother David John Link.

Franklin Stiles -- El Cajon CA USA -- 08/14/2010
Email -- http://www.RetroAirDesigns.com


3769. Harold G. Richardson, (35450437), Private, United States Army Medical Corps, for gallantry in action on January 12, 1943, and January 14, 1943, at Guadalcanal. Attached to an infantry company, Private Richardson, aid man, proceeded into the front lines on these dates, under intense fire from enemy position, to administer first aid to men who had fallen, wound, on the battlefield. The coolness and zeal displayed by Private Richardson, while under fire, reflects credit on himself and the military service. Home Address: Winchester, Kentucky

Chuck Bartenslager -- Tecumseh MI USA -- 08/13/2010
Email


3768. The 25th Infantry Division Association reunion is being held in Framingham MA September 12th through the 18th. I will be there on the 16th for the Memorial Service and also for the banquet on the 18th. If you are attending the banquet and would like a "Cacti Only" table reserved for us, please email me before the 12th and I will "getter done!"

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 08/11/2010
Email


3767. I would like to take a moment and dedicate a few words to those â?oCactiâ? who fought in WWII. The 35th fought in Guadalcanal, and the liberation of the Philippines. My Father, William F. Farrar Sr. was a Private in G Co, 2nd Battalion, 35th Regiment. He made it through the entire war and was discharged in 1945. Like many soldiers who fought in the jungle he suffered with Malaria and other foot diseases until his death a few years back. Although he came to Guadalcanal in the mopping up phase, he was smack in the middle of the fighting in Luzon Philippines. There was a book written by a Mr. Rutherfoord which detailed in sketches the 165 days of continuous fighting the regiment endured in Luzon. My father, in his copy of that book, provided personal comments below those written by Mr. Rutherfoord. That book is a treasure to me which someday will go to my children. On another note, my father often spoke of one important battle in the small borough of â?oLupao.â? American Infantry were up against Japanese armor. Although it is given little historic fanfare, it was a deadly fight which cost the Regiment dearly. I believe the story of this battle, and bravery of the â?oCactiâ? men would make a good book, or even a movie crediting the entire 35th Regt. To those soldiers â?oCactiâ? Soldiers, I salute you.

Edward Farrar -- Chester VA USA -- 08/11/2010
Email


3766. This years reunion was my second one to attend. The first being Reno. I got to meet seveal C/1/35 members last year and a few new ones this year. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the program and are looking forward to next year. Our thanks goes out to all that made this reunion so enjoyable. I would like to know if there is someway of downloading the memorial presentation.

Steven Dickerson (Dickie) -- Jamestown IN USA -- 08/10/2010
Email


3765. I was very apprehensive about going to a reunion. All the unfounded scenarios that played through my mind--What if somebody is carrying a 44 year old grudge? What if they're a bunch of slobbering drunks who encourage me to fall off the wagon?(Been sober 3 years) What if it's the most miserable time of my life? What if--what if--what if---. Well folks, I went and it was one of the most wonderful, healing experiences of my life. Had some great times, enjoyed some wonderful meals with some truely great people, and marveled at the current Cacti carrying on the tradition. Purely impressive young Soldiers! Thank you for all your efforts putting this reunion together

Curtis P Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 08/05/2010
Email


3764. The sister of one of our WWII Cacti ( Dolly Pavlovich Ward sister of Theodore Pavlovich) has contacted me and asked that I let our fellow Cacti know that she is self publishing a book based on his service with the Cacti. It is called "Pearl Harbor Survivors" I haven't seen it yet but if anyone is interested in obtaining a copy or wishs more information please contact Dolly at Popcord27@yahoo.com

Doc Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 08/05/2010
Email


3763. Another reunion has come and gone. The chance to meet with fellow veterans and be able to fill the missing links of those battles we fought is one of the best healing methods we have. I was able to connect with fellow Vets that I haven't seen in 42-43 years. It was great meeting with the active members of the 35th and a special thanks to them for there help with the Color Guard. To our Board and the Committee that put these reunions together another outstanding job. To Ron and all the other volunteers behind the bar outstanding job in keeping those drinks going. Look forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio, and to all who served with Delta 2/35 think about making it a point to attend these reunions. John Morgan HHC/D co 67-68

John Morgan -- Colfax CA USA -- 08/04/2010
Email


3762. Congratulations on another great reunion, my wife Meloni, daughter Bryanna and niece Shainna with baby Tina enjoyed our time together. The lord willing will see all of you in San Antonio.

Charles H Beauchamp -- Salem OR USA -- 08/04/2010
Email


3761. Dear Cacti family, pleasea allow me to express my gratitude for the fine reunion the was held in Pittsburg. I salute all the officers and committees that put this together. It was full of exuberance and comradeship that most people don't get to see or feel, aren't we lucky. I was recognized at B-2/35th luncheon for my job in the TOC 66-67 I have never felt so honored,thank you very much B2/35 I am still in shock! I was taught my job in the TOC by the great JOHN D. Sutherland of Virginia. I love my Cacti family I wish all of you the very best. Brother Ernest M. Correia Hqrts 2/9th Hqrts 2/35. GOD BLESS.

Ernest M. Correia -- Marion MA USA -- 08/04/2010
Email


3760. I am looking for information about the following three soldiers. If anyone remembers them, please contact me. Their names: Spc. Michael Niezgoda, C Co, 2/35th 3rd BDE KIA 9/24/68 Sgt. Larry Gambotto, B Co, 2/35th 3rd BDE KIA 9/13/68 Lt. Thomas Gentinne, A Co, 1/35th 3rd BDE KIA 5/12/69

Lisa Lark -- Dearborn MI USA -- 08/04/2010
Email


3759. Hello,my Cacti brothers and sisters. My fiance, Kristy Peterson, and I had the honor and priviledge to attend this year's 2-35 Cacti Reunion in Pittsburgh.Upon receiving the news that I would be a part of this special event I was very excited. Since my hometown of Stahlstown,Pennsylvania is only about 45 mins from Pittsburgh, I was looking forward to the opportunity to spend some time home with my family, at the same time, I was enthusiastic about the chance to talk with other 2-35 Cacti verterns from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Nothing prepared me for the feelings of comraderie, honor,pride, and brotherhood that I would feel over the past several days. I wanted to extend a warm thank you to everyone that made me and my fiance feel like members of a family and for all the wonderful and entertaining conversations. With myself being an active member of Cacti 2-35 and my fiance Kristy being an active serving medic stationed st Fort Knox, Kentucky, we both felt a huge honor while attending the event and very humbled by all the thank you's that we received from other veterns and their families. After talking with many of you I felt lucky and grateful to be able to share our stories together. There is a bond and connection that we are have together as veterns and members of Cacti that is very hard to describe. But one thing that is true is that things really don't change much over the years. Even though several decades separated the wars that we all experienced, there are so many similiar experiences we all went through. There is something special that we all have together, a brotherhood that will never fade with the passing of years. I look forward to keeping in touch with all of you and sincerly enjoyed the time we shared together in Pittsburgh. I would love to attend future reunions and look forward to seeing you all again in the years to come. Thanks again for everything.

SSG Erik J. Kunkle -- Schofield Barracks HI USA -- 08/02/2010
Email


3758. Aug 2-69 changed my life forever- Robert Shook kia--his memory lives forever in my heart and the hearts of others- thanks to all the cacti brother who have helped me with the closure and healing of the loss of my big brother- thank-you cacti and God bless each of you fred shook

Fred -- Adel GA USA -- 08/02/2010
Email


3757. It was an honor to be part of the the 2010 Cacti Reunion this past weekend. My fiance SSG Erik Kunkle is one of the currently serving Cacti brother and to be able to experience this with him meant alot to me. We both enjoyed the time we got to talk with and share stories with all of the former Cacti. It was an honor and privledge for the both of us to be able to be there and we hope to return again. The both of us were absolutely taken back by the thanks and appreciation of all Cacti members for our current services, we were their honoring all of you for paving the way for us and it meant more then words could say for the support and appreciation we were shown. We look forward to a continued involvement in the association and want to thank everyone for whom we met this weekend for making it one of the most memorable and honored ones we have had. Look forward to seeing everyone again!

Kristy Peterson -- Ft. Knox KY USA -- 08/01/2010
Email


3756. Vet 1958-1960

Clyde Boling -- Austin TX USA -- 08/01/2010
Email


3755. Getting ready to check out. Had a great time at this years reunion. The highlite was the attendance of our active cacti. I want to thank all the officers and everyone who helped put it togerter. They done a great job. See you next year in San Antontio. I have added a page to my web site on the run for the wall trip I took this year. Log onto cactiron.com and click on RFTW 2010 to see the trip. Cacti Ron

Ronald D Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 08/01/2010
Email -- http://Cactiron.com


3754. I was at a class in Pittsburgh at the same hotel you guys stayed at. I spoke with quite a few of you. Hope you all had a great time. I saw more CIB's than I could count. Thanks for your service, nice talking to you. Mark Connolly H Troop 10th Cav RVN 72-73

Mark Connolly -- Pittsburgh PA USA -- 08/01/2010
Email


3753. I have lost touch with anyone that I fought with in the 35th Inf. Reg., 25th Div. in the early part of 53. I'm wondering if any are still alive.

Thomas C. Smith -- North Port FL USA -- 08/01/2010
Email


3752. I was in Korea with Co. C. 35th Inf. before the truce was signed in 1953.

Thomas C. Smith -- North Port FL USA -- 08/01/2010
Email


3751. Hi fellow Cacti brothers. Have not made a post for sometime.Got caught up in other things and got so busy I lost track of time and website. Just to give a little about me incase someone may remember me or was in same plt or sqd because I'm still not sure but have made contact with a couple guys that were in my unit. I was in B2/35th 3rd Bde Task Force 25th Inf Div. before it was redesinated 4th Inf Div. Our base camp was around Pleiku and operated around Duc Pho. I was there from Jan67-68. Also was in Khon Toun, I Drang Valley and had 1st Cav work with us and and hueys had sharks teeth painted on them that supported us. I would like to give my personal thanks to Bill Henson and Dick Arnold for all their help to me in the past. Cacti website has been a tremendous help in verify and confirming things, contacts I was in, KIA's and basically giving me closure on things I needed to know.One last thing even though its been 40 years, I was company armorer for our company for shortimers before I rotated back to USA and had the opportunity to come out to the field and exchange the old bolts that were giving our m-16's problems for a newer bolt that didn't jam. Just thought I would throw that in to see if anyone remembers that if you see this post.

Charles T.Coates(Chuck) -- Marietta GA USA -- 07/26/2010
Email -- http://www.nlcintl.com/nlc1092


3750. Opertion Wayne Force - I was one of the Air Force Tactical Air Control Party radio operators who deployed to LZ Washington with the 2/35. It was on experience for us due to the location of the LZ on top of a hill and the fact that our radio jeep had to be brought in by helicoptor. They lowered the ramp and flew the aircraft out from under our jeep while we stood on the brakes to keep from rolling down the hill. We ended up located right next to the helipad which required us to lower our antenna everytime an aircraft came in. When it rained we had a river running between the wheels of our vehicle.The first few days of the operation, we were the main communications with base camp due to equipment problems. I do have some photos of LZ Washington which show the camp. To everyone, I say Welcome Home Brothers. Bob Veigel USAF TACP ROMAD

bob veigel -- Peoria, AZ USA -- 07/25/2010
Email


3749. On this day 7/22/1950 the Cacti lost 26 men. I salute and remember them! 5 and a wake up and I'm on my way! Pittsburgh "Get your women and children off the streets the Cacti is coming!"

Wiley Dodd (Tiny)-Sgt. at Arms -- Riverview MI USA -- 07/22/2010
Email


3748. Hey y'all,I was wondering if there are any of you Cacti' out there that remember or served with a Thomas/Tommy/T.J "The Best"" Shevlin from Brooklyn in the 2/35?He did 2 tours in 68 and 69 I think.He was rated an Airborne Ranger assigned to or attached to the 2/35.I just wondered if his name would ring any bells for anyone out there.PLease feel free to e-mail me if anyone recognizes the name and remembers anything about him no matter how small. Yours sincerely and with greatest gratitude, Pete Cochrane "Stand up,Hook up"

Pete Cochrane -- Plantation FL USA -- 07/20/2010
Email


3747. Dear Cacti, As many of you know, our son, Sudha, passed away in an auto accident last Tuesday, July 13th. He was 18 years old, and heading off to the University of New Hampshire in the fall. He had attended reunions with our family to Buffalo, Orlando, and Louisville. So he knew many of you and enjoyed his contacts with dad's army "buds" and their families. He had been awarded a Cacti scholarship for next fall. The knock on the door by the police at 3:00 AM in the pouring rain is every parent's worst nightmare. No getting around that. But the outpouring of support, overwhelming in its scope and breadth, will be treasured forever. Cacti, community members, friends, family, and even strangers have been by our sides through it all. Cacti have called, emailed, offered to get on a plane, prayed, you name it. In the back of my mind, I always knew that you were there should I need help. But, when something like this happens, I am reminded just how close we are as brothers. A million thank you's would not suffice. I wish I could give each of you a hug, and tell you that we will be all right in the end. And that you could return the exact favor. But I can't. So consider yourself the recipient of a a virtual hug that will have to do instead. I do not know if we can get to the reunion in Pittsburgh. If not, we will be there in spirit. Thank you, and I love you all. Jim "Mac" McDevitt 1/35th Infantry C Co. 4th Platoon Republic of Vietnam Feb. 68 to Jan. 69

Jim \"Mac\" McDevitt -- Glen NH USA -- 07/19/2010
Email


3746. 7-17-10,Friends,family,local officials and Cacti Brothers participated in memorial ceremonies and presented Sgt Henninger's Medals and various personal items to the Bay Village Historical Society.To learn more enter Kenton Henninger on Google search,many links to stories.

Patrick O\'Connor -- Southington OH USA -- 07/19/2010
Email


3745. I just read an article about Emil Matula in the Cacti Times. I know it was from a 1998 newspaper article, but am hoping he is still alive, and might have known my Great Uncle Stanley Ciemiega. He was also a Pearl Harbor Survivor, fought in Guadalcanal, Vella La Vella, and was KIA on Luzon on April 17th, 1945. Any help will be appreciated.

Scott Carver --   -- 07/16/2010


3744. THANKS FOR HONORING MY BROTHER WITH THE TOM KEHOE AWARD FOR FRIENDSHIP, SERVICE, ETC. LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU ALL IN PITTSBURG (AND MEETING YOU AGAIN, FOR THOSE WHO I MET AT HIS FUNERAL). HAVE A SAFE TRIP. UNTIL THEN.

JOAN KEHOE WENCEL -- PROSPECT HEIGHTS IL USA -- 07/15/2010
Email


3743. Company A 2nd 35th Infantry walked point and was always first to get there (where ever that was)..most people called me "Durk"..came from Chicago and now live in Florida..reminds me of the bush and always warm..

Steve Durkovic -- Mount Dora FL USA -- 07/14/2010
Email


3742. The Cambodia 1970 Rendezvous in Reno, NV this past June 15-19 at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino to honor the veterans from the 4th Infantry Div. and 3-506th was a huge success. We had some 72 attendees, including members from the 3-506th, 3-8th Inf., 1-12th Inf., 6-29th Artillery, 485th Medical Bn. (Dust-off 23) and Naval Intellence, but unfortunately no one attending from the 2-35th. Several had planned to attend, however. Officers, Platoon Sergeants and Medics wre presented with a 101st Airborne traditional screaming eagle on an oak base with engraved plate. All attendees who attended and participated in the Cambodia Operation--Binh Tay I--received a special frameable "Cambodian Incursion" Certificate of Recognition with their unit crest, rank and name, unit. The certificate, as well as photos and an AAR (After Action Report) of the reunion can be viewed at: www.currahee.org. The AAR will be posted shortly. Attendees from each of the units attending have expressed the desire to come together again in a year or so to renew the friendship and sharing that took place this reunion. The book--Twelve Days In May--is a huge success per attendees and others who have purchased their copy. If you want a copy, go to: www.cambodiaincursion.com. If you want an autographed copy: www.currahee.org.

Jerry Berry -- Libby MT USA -- 07/13/2010
Email -- http://www.currahee.org


3741. Attn Recon 2/35th Our annual reunion luncheon will be held at Vincents Green Tree Restaurant Friday July 30th at 1:30 pm. You can check out the menu at vincentsgreentree.com Let me know if you are going to make it.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) --  Riverview MI USA -- 07/09/2010
Email


3740. We have more than 400 lapsed memberships on our roster, some of which date to 2001. I have begun the process of scrubbing a number of names from the "Cacti Times" mailing list. I encourage those who can to renew their membership now in the Association to ensure receipt of our excellent news magazine.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 07/06/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3739. Even though the registration form indicates July 1st to get your forms in there is still time. You can still mail them to me by July 17th and after that email or call me. See ya all soon!

Doc J -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 07/05/2010
Email


3738. LAST CALL! BRAVO 2/35th 10th ANNUAL LUNCHEON - In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Pittsburgh July 29 – Aug 1, 2010, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. This time we will be at Vincent’s of Greentree Restaurant, 333 Mansfield Ave, Friday July 30th @ 1PM. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a luncheon buffet and then conduct our business. Buffet: Take what and all that you want! Muffaletta Ring -Baked Ham, Genoa Salami, Provolone and Swiss Cheese, a special blend of Green and Black Olives and Hot Caesar's Salad Sauce. Tuna Ring - Italian Tuna with Celery, Onion, Egg and Mayonnaise topped with Lettuce and Tomato. Turkey Ring - Gourmet Turkey Breast topped w/Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Tomato and Swiss Cheese. Includes: Pasta, soda,lemonade, iced tea, milk, or coffee. Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 23rd. Bravo..Better Than All To Be The Best!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 07/05/2010
Email


3737. leon washington was in the weapons squad of the 3rd platoon,B-1-35 inf, 3rd bde, 25th inf div. i was in the same platoon in hawaii and pleiku. would like to hear from c.m. bery that signed the guestbook,indicating that leon washington was his father. email marshall179@webtv.net.

marshall jackson -- lancaster SC USA -- 07/03/2010
Email


3736. I'm so proud of my Father Gary H. Nourigat and the service he performed for our great country. Thank you all for your service too, you are all my heroes!

Patricia Dawson -- Portland OR USA -- 07/03/2010
Email


3735. On the Cacti KIA page there is a post by Alonzo Jones regarding Staff Sergeant Ronald Kent and whether or not his body was recovered on 1-20-67 the day he was KIA. I contacted William (Teddy Bear) Carpenter who was a member of my squad when Kent was killed and he said that he personally pulled Kent's body back when he got hit and he never heard anything about him being MIA so it must have been somebody elses uniform the NVA was wearing when the OP took the NVA under fire who was wearing the Staff Sergeant uniform. Hope this clears up any doubts as to whether Kent's body was recovered. Happy 4th of July to all Cacti. Chuck Norris Former Recon Platoon Sgt HHC 1/35 Inf 1966

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 07/02/2010
Email


3734. Just wanting to wish everyone associated with the 35th Inf a very wonderful and enjoyable patriotic 4th of July. a comrade-in-arms and A CACTI FOREVER, Wayne(lucky)Lund

Wayne D. Lund -- San Antonio TX USA -- 06/30/2010
Email


3733. Mr Fogg, no my father was Leon Washington B Co 1/35. He served 2 tours in Vietnam and separated from the Army in '72.

C.M. Bery --  USA -- 06/26/2010


3732. C.M. Berry (CMSgt, USAF) Was your dad Calvin Berry?

Dave Fogg --  USA -- 06/26/2010


3731. Thank you for honoring the Soldiers of 1/35, my father is listed among these heroes--this site allows me to share in some of his experiences in Vietnam that he never got to tell.

C.M. Berry (CMSgt, USAF) --  USA -- 06/26/2010


3730. This morning I distributed by email 403 copies of the summer 2010 issue of Cacti Times. Kudos to Editor John Lorts. Thirty-three emails were returned for various reasons. If you did not receive your electronic copy of the new issue, please let me know. Also, check your spam or junk folder in the event the newsletter was shuttled to never-never land. See you in Pittsburgh!

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/23/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3729. A company will have a luncheon on Friday the 30th of July at the reunion. It will be held in the Radisson Hotel (the host hotel) at 1 p.m. in the Rivers Restaurant. Please RSVP to my e-mail if you plan to attend. There will also be a sign up sheet at the registration table when you arrive at the reunion. Hope to see my fellow A company friends there.

David Manrique -- Fremont CA USA -- 06/23/2010
Email


3727. The question raised by Charles Rea regarding a majority membership vote to schedule a Cacti reunion at Branson, MO is not one I'm familiar with; at least I can't find any record of one in the archives. Nor have I as Secretary written such a resolution. That's not a rap on Branson. I'm originally from Missouri, and am partial to the state. As I understand it, the reunions are held in metro areas to make it easier for Cacti to fly into an airport big enough to make connecting flights and park a 737. Available banquet facilities are a particularly significant issue for our Saturday banquet, as well. I don't know about the gambling and golf, Charles mentioned. Neither activity is of interest to me. Seeing my Cacti family each year provides me with all the incentive I need to go to our reunions.

Bill Henson -- Rocky River OH USA -- 06/21/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3726. Why are the reuions most times are in metro area. Is it true there is a vote, taken. I seen in the mag. or on line that a morjority, voted to have one in Branson Mo. a small town. How come this vote was over rid. I can understand some wanting the atmosphere, of a larger area. Gambling and Golfing. Branson has a good golf course. Gam. I played one game of cards in Nam and lost. Haven't played since. C.Rea

Charles Rea -- Harrison AR USA -- 06/20/2010
Email


3725. In loving memory of Roger Fulkerson, KIA 25 September 1968. He would have been 65 today. He lives on through his daughter Lynne and her children, Jensen and Colton along with his friends and I who have never forgotten an extraordinary man.

Jeanne Griffin Smith -- Sacramento CA USA -- 06/19/2010
Email


3724. Seeking information re: ammo dump explosion near duc pho in early to mid 1967. Sky blackened, everyone's eyes were burning and bad taste in mouth. I was in HHC,2/35th Thanks Joe Flanagan

Joe Flanagan -- Downers Grove IL USA -- 06/18/2010
Email


3723. 1st platoon Bravo 2/35 1969 1970.Looking for info on reunion. 877 235 1553 toll free

Joe Brehl -- Washington PA USA -- 06/17/2010
Email


3722. BRAVO 2/35th 10th ANNUAL LUNCHEON - In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Pittsburgh July 29 – Aug 1, 2010, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. This time we will be at Vincent’s of Greentree Restaurant, 333 Mansfield Ave, Friday July 30th @ 1PM. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a luncheon buffet and then conduct our business. Buffet: Take what and all that you want! Muffaletta Ring -Baked Ham, Genoa Salami, Provolone and Swiss Cheese, a special blend of Green and Black Olives and Hot Caesar's Salad Sauce. Tuna Ring - Italian Tuna with Celery, Onion, Egg and Mayonnaise topped with Lettuce and Tomato. Turkey Ring - Gourmet Turkey Breast topped w/Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Tomato and Swiss Cheese. Includes: Pasta, soda,lemonade, iced tea, milk, or coffee. Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 23rd. Bravo..Better Than All To Be The Best!

Peter J Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 06/10/2010
Email -- http://B 2/35 68 - 69


3721. My Grandfather received the Silver Star on Guadalcanal in World War II. He was in the 35th Infantry Regiment assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to obtain the citation? I do have the GO Number and the Silver Star citation number that was in his discharge papers. I have sent information to NPRC and they were unable to locate it. Thank you, Chuck Bartenslager

Chuck Bartenslager -- Tecumseh MI USA -- 06/07/2010
Email


3720. I would like to most humbly offer an apology to Mrs. Kristin (Rathjen) Harmon. On my Guestbook entry of 31 May I incorrectly referred to having met with Cpl Josh Harmon's "Sister" instead of his Wife. I realized my mistake today when I came across Entry 2847 of the October 2007-September 2008 Guestbook. Please accept this apology as no disrespect was intended by this gaffe. Again, I hope to see you and your Mother in Law at Pittsburgh! God bless you both!!

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 06/06/2010
Email


3719. June 5, 1970 Bravo 2/35 lost another of it's finest. Red Horner who was 18 years old when he was KIA. Along time ago or was it just yesterday? Never Forget !

Sonny Cortese -- Glenolden PA USA -- 06/06/2010
Email


3718. Remembering Ken Henninger: use this e-mail account to enter messages about Sgt. Ken Henninger ( KIA March 7, 1969 in A Co, 2/35th ) I will attempt to forward all to his Bay Vilage, OH classmates. They are hosting a fitting memorial ( Sat. July 17, 2010 in Bay Vllage, OH) in conjunction with their 45th class reunion. Rick Strawn A Co. 2/35th Inf 68-69

Rick Strawn -- Salem OR USA -- 06/05/2010
Email


3717. The Memorial for Sgt Ken Henninger is fast approaching ( 7-17-10 ) Please,let me know who will attend and if they need lodging.Ken's classmates have set up a block of rooms and all Cacti in attendance are invited to several functions as well as the memorial service.

Patrick O\'Connor -- Southington OH USA -- 06/04/2010
Email


3716. June 4, 1970 - 40 years ago- is a day that will never leave my memory, that is the day we lost my old buddy Guinn. A sad day, but Guinn is always a happy memory to me. He was the funniest guy I ever knew and that's how I will always remember him. Miss you buddy. Not a day goes by that you aren't in my thoughts. Not a day goes by that I don't smile for your memory. Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 06/03/2010
Email


3715. Cacti brothers, I would like to ask that we all remember all our brothers we lost on this day. I ask all to salute 3 great men from "C" 1/35 and they are as follows: Lt. Steven Gilmer, Sergeant Harry Butler, Corporal Delbert Ray Brockmeyer. I also want to thank the following men for their actions on June 3rd 1968. Lt. Jim Cooke, Joe Skillings, Jim McDevitt, Craig "DJ" McGowan, Phil Stenke, Bob Maltby, "Doc" Davis, Phil Surace, Gypsey, Lacosta, and the rest of "C" 1/35. It is because of the bravery and grit of my Charlie Company brothers that I am here today. Thank You. Cacti Forever. "Doc" Olea.

Forrest Joe "Doc" Olea -- Kelso WA USA -- 06/03/2010
Email


3714. God Bless One and all on Memorial day. This time of year I get hit with survivor's guilt . pray for those we lost, those we knew, those who survived, those who were and those who will be... Cacti

 --  USA -- 06/01/2010


3713. Just got back from Arlington. Went to visit Sgt John Jenkins(C-2, KIA 25 Sep 68)but the road to his Gravesite was blocked off until 130 due to presence of V.P. at Ampitheatre. Still managed to hump down the hill and look for the Blackhawk Crash Memorial. When I found it there was a young couple placing flowere by the Stone. It was Cpl Josh Harmon's Sister. We talked for a while, took pictures and I left a Flag along with Website pictures of the 10 Soldiers attached below the Flag on the wooden dowel. Josh's sister said she might come by at the reunion in Pittsburgh. I hope she does! Well, better sign off for now 'cause my 'Dogs' are really barking!(Haven't walked that much since Sep. 67!) Hope to see all of you in "Steel City" in July.

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 05/31/2010
Email


3712. I am saying a special prayer this Memorial Day for all those we lost in Viet Nam. May they rest in peace! I am also praying for their families.

Erle S. Gooding -- Houston TX USA -- 05/31/2010
Email


3711. In memory of Sp4 Andrew Castelda who served willingly and well. More than just a name on the wall, he is missed everyday. KIA 3/12/67

a friend --  USA -- 05/31/2010


3710. My husband, James Oris Blankenship, was killed in VN on Jan 8, 1968. We met just before he graduated from OCS at Ft Benning (Class #10-66). We dated while he was assigned to jump school at Ft Benning. It was truly God's design to have us fall in love and have what little time we had together. We were married at Ft Sill, Oklahoma where we were blessed with a son before he left for VN (Douglas James, now 42). Our son's twin daughter (Julia Mae), died 7 days after birth. In those 2 months of fatherhood before going to VN, I saw a man torn between the desire to be with his family and raise his son and his loyalty to his country. We mourn his loss each day. And feel sad for those who never had the chance to spend time with this wonderful and beautiful person.

Jill Blankenship Riedel -- Peoria AZ USA -- 05/30/2010
Email


3709. Remembering all the soildiers-- past- present-- thank God for all of them--I have what I have today- and a future to look forward to- thanks to all of them- God Bless all my Cacti friends

Fred Shook -- Adel GA USA -- 05/30/2010
Email


3708. I have made the run for the wall central route and I left some remembrances at the wall in honor of fallen comrades from 1/35 recon 66 - 67. I will leave in a few days back to Sacramento. I am riding to Maine and work my way down the east coast to the keys and then across to California. Looking for invites where we can pitch a tent. It has been a 3300 mile welcome parade. Cacti Ron

Ronald Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 05/30/2010
Email -- http://Cactiron.com


3707. June 8th 1966. C/1st/35th outside DucCo.Point man Stevens hit in leg, myself in chest, others?? What happened? Sgt Taylor,PFC Barnell? others??

bob stedman -- Columbus OH USA -- 05/30/2010
Email


3706. I will visit Spec 4 Russel Crawford at the Santa Nella National Cemetery tomorow, his birthday was yesterday and it's a thing we do. I hope you guys and gals have found some inner peace over the years.

chris rose -- Modesto CA USA -- 05/29/2010
Email


3705. I served with Delta 1/35 4th inf Div. Remembering all those lost during this special Memorial Day weekend. Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens -- Council Bluffs IA USA -- 05/29/2010
Email


3704. I served with co. B 2/35th inf. from 19jul68-19jul69. Our most colorful cmdr was 1st. lt. wlliam burdick (wild bill). I was w/ 2nd plt 3rd sqd. We were just big kids w/guns, but we gave em hell boys in the 2 corps. Welcome home bravo company.

ron greene -- Hayward CA USA -- 05/25/2010
Email


3703. 43 years today I was a new guy B Co 1/35 and scared to death, having been in country less than a month when the fire fight started. Years later I leaned the names of the men who died that day Merlin Cadwell, Harry McGuire, Leonard Morgan, Moses Poindexter, Ron Ward & Ken Worman Now I can put names to the faces God bless you brothers I will never forget you.Bob Marley

Bob Marley -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/23/2010
Email


3702. Gone but never forgotten..Robert Murphy..A/1/35TH..May 22, 1967..

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/22/2010
Email


3701. May 19,1967 A/1/35TH saw three of this nations finest pay the ultimate sacrifice..Kenyon Elroy Bean, Walter Thomas Geiger, Everett E. Johnson Jr..Gone but never forgotten..

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/22/2010
Email


3700. Alright all you reunion golfers. I've set up tee times for the Hickory Heights Golf Club in Bridgeville, Pa Friday July 30th starting at 8:30am. The cost is $30 (w/cart) for seniors over 55. I think we qualify. If you're going to rent clubs it will cost you another $25. Let me know if you're going to play and/or need to rent clubs.

Doc J -- Baton Rgoue LA USA -- 05/20/2010
Email


3699. On this day 43 years ago, my oldest brother, Joseph Ledesma, Jr., Roland Rush, and Gary Killian, all members of C-2/35, were killed in the Battle of Vihn Hien, Quang Ngai Province,Vietnam. Joey has never, and will never be forgotten. We love you and miss you bro.

David Ledesma -- San Jose CA USA -- 05/20/2010
Email


3698. 43 years ago today my father lost his life fighting with a great bunch of great men. I know these were great men because I have met them and they have welcomed my family with open arms and we are truly grateful. My father was so proud to be serving with the quality of men that call themselves "Cacti". I hope to see you all again in PIT this year. You guys make this day easier for me and I cant thank you enough. "Cacti Forever" Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson -- Phoenix AZ USA -- 05/19/2010
Email


3697. May 19,1967 A/1/35TH saw three of this nations finest pay the ultimate sacrifice..Kenyon Elroy Bean, Walter Thomas Geiger, Everett E. Johnson Jr..Gone but never forgotten..

David C Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 05/19/2010
Email


3696. The web address for run for the wall is a .org instead of .com. (rftw.org) Cacti Ron

ronald d ray -- sacramento CA USA -- 05/17/2010
Email -- http://cactiron.com


3695. I am looking for anyone that may have known SFC John Cothran? He passed away in 2006. His niece is trying to gain info on his Army career. Thanks, Roger

LTC (Ret) Roger Gaines -- El Paso TX USA -- 05/17/2010
Email -- http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/193119


3694. I am going to go on the Run For The Wall (rftw.com) central route. We start from Southern California Wed. the 19th and will end up in DC on memorail day with over 500,000 riders. I am going to send out daily emails on the trip. If you would like to be added to the email list just email me your address. The wife and I are planning on attending the reunion this year and would like to know if there is any interest in getting up a trip to the wall after the reunion. Cacti Ron

ronald d ray -- sacramento CA USA -- 05/17/2010
Email -- http://cactiron@mac.com


3693. Troopers, my latest book--Twelve Days In May--is now available. The pages of this book present the factual story of the 4th Infantry Division Cambodian Incursion in May 1970â?"not only the role of my battalion, the 3-506th, but the story behind each of the five other 4th Infantry battalions and their support units--aviation, artillery, medical, engineers, and logistics--who participated in the campaign. The men who fought the battles and faced the enemy gallantly deserve more than being recorded as only numbers and statistics on faded archives pages, or having their names etched for eternity on the Vietnam Wall. Behind these statistics are countless untold stories that bring out the devastation of war in vivid detail and told by those who were there, including the "Cacti Blue" troopers. Unlike other books written about the 4th ID's involvement, read what really happened in Binh Tay I. You can order the book on the internet or directly from me at: www.currahee.org. I think you will like the book. I will be honored to autograph a copy for you, if ordered from www.currahee.org. BTW, we have organized a special reunion in Reno, NV, June 15-19 at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino to honor all of you who participated in that northern thrust into Cambodia. Come join us and be honored. Check out the details on www.currahee.org to see who all have already signed up. Hardcover with dust jacket = $29.99 Softcover = $19.99 ebook = $9.00 Jerry Berry in Montana Currahee!

Jerry Berry -- Libby MT USA -- 05/13/2010
Email -- http://www.currahee.org


3692. Barry Mullineaux died 40 years ago today. He had re-uped and was a CO with the 1st Cav. He was killed when the man behind him stepped on a landmine in Cambodia. He was my Plt Leader with B 1/35th and I was his RTO. I think of Barry often and wonder what he would have been, or what he could have been. Rest in peace my friend.

Howard Johnson -- Minnetonka MN USA -- 05/13/2010
Email


3691. On May 8th 1970 Bravo Company lost Dick Matheis in Cambodia. May 13th on our return from Cambodia, Bravo Co lost 2 more good men and many injuried in the that Chinook crash. Paul Ramos and Lt.Bazzinotti all fine men and dedicated soldiers. Lt. Bazzinotti and I arrived in late February 1970 from Alpha Company 1st Battalion 8th Infantry when the 1st Bat colors were sent home. May these fine men and all the others who never returned home REST IN PEACE.

Sonny Cortese -- Glenolden PA USA -- 05/12/2010
Email


3690. ATTENTION! A brand new website has been launched for veterans and active duty service members to locate each other. The Armed Forces Locator website is a FREE service for veterans and active duty service members who have a desire to find old buddies. It is the first directory-based website on the Internet. When members from your old unit register you are automatically informed. It is a great service. Try it out today!

Ed York --  USA -- 05/10/2010
Email -- http://www.armedforceslocator.com


3689. Looking for Herman Logan, A/2/35 ,67-68 Duc pho, Pleiku.

Roberto Albandoz -- Canovanas P.R. -- 05/10/2010
Email


3688. BRAVO 2/35th 10th ANNUAL LUNCHEON - In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Pittsburgh July 29 – Aug 1, 2010, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. This time we will be at Vincent’s of Greentree Restaurant, 333 Mansfield Ave, Friday July 30th @ 1PM. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a luncheon buffet and then conduct our business. Buffet: Take what and all that you want! Muffaletta Ring -Baked Ham, Genoa Salami, Provolone and Swiss Cheese, a special blend of Green and Black Olives and Hot Caesar's Salad Sauce. Tuna Ring - Italian Tuna with Celery, Onion, Egg and Mayonnaise topped with Lettuce and Tomato. Turkey Ring - Gourmet Turkey Breast topped w/Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Tomato and Swiss Cheese. Includes: Pasta, soda,lemonade, iced tea, milk, or coffee. Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 23rd. Bravo..Better Than All To Be The Best!

Peter Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 05/08/2010
Email -- http://B 2/35 68 - 69


3687. Hello, I am writing for my husband, Peter, He would love to find out if any of his fellow brother veterans have signed in and if you could possibly put him in touch with anyone who may know of anyone that may have served their country with my husband. Peter was in the 35th Infantry Division Cacti Company B from 1958 - 1960. Thank you for you time. Also, if there is any news of any reunions regarding these veterans, please advise. Thank you so very much. God Bless all of you! Leila

Peter A. McClusky -- Walbridge OH USA -- 05/04/2010
Email


3685. We have a new war story from WW2 in our war stories section from Charles Sheaffer 1944-1945. It's a good read!

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 05/04/2010
Email


3684. Ann, Your e-mail appears to be bad in the posting for information on Phil Chin Patterson. One of our historians has a bit of information to offer from your request. Please post again with a good e-mail address or contact me. Thanks -- Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 05/03/2010
Email


3683. Hi, Does anyone have any information on 1st Lt. Phil Chinn Patterson? He died June 30, 1944 at the age of 28. He left behind a son who never knew him--we're his family.

ann --  WA USA -- 05/02/2010
Email


3682. Today would have been my brother's birthday-- Robert Shook kia aug 2 69- he would have been 62 today-- still miss him every day. God Bless all the cacti that have helped me with his memory.

fred shook -- Adel GA USA -- 04/28/2010
Email


3681. As we slowly, and sadly, approach Menorial weekend I would like to thank each and every one you MEN and WOMEN that preserved the America I know and love! Spec 4 Russel L. Crawford "celebrated" his birthday during this weekend each year, I was a louse of a nephew to not have googled LZ-10 Alpha before he passed away this past year. IF I had done so I would have known so much more, understood so much more about Russ and YOU AMERICAN HERO's. God bless, save and forgive each of you for the burdens you carry for the sacrices you all gave...some more than others, but each of you AND your spouses gave SO VERY MUCH! "Thank you" sounds cheap in comparison, but please, I beg you, understand that most of us fully understand and fully comprehend that what you sacrificed of your youth and your mature years, as well as what your spouses have endured are so very much undervalued by much of the current American population...but also understand that that in NO WAY will you ever be in need if you Veterans step up and request what you NEED in support as you age finely like a good wine. Thank you may sound cheap, but if you speak up and request assistance I know you will receive it. Thank you again you GREAT AMERICAN's! LT. Daniel Hyde, I drive by where you rest frequently, and Modesto thinks of you every day. LT. Larry Connor was and IS a man of honor.

Chris Rose -- Modesto CA USA -- 04/27/2010
Email


3680. I'm looking for anyone that was with Delta Co that may remember our unit getting mortared while returning from patrol on March 11, 1969. I am also searching for anyone who served in my unit during the period September 1968 through September 1969. Please email me: vtlamonica@msn.com Delta Co. "68-69"

Vince Lamonica -- Boswell PA USA -- 04/24/2010
Email


3679. I'm searching for anyone who served with my father, (PFC) John H. Barrett Jr. while assigned to Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment in Korea from '53 -'54. I'd like to present him with something special this father's day; any memories and/or photos you can share will be greatly appreciated.

CW2 Roger W. Barrett -- Fredericksburg VA USA -- 04/24/2010
Email


3678. I tried this post before, but it did not go up. O.K. help me out...C co 2-35th, 4-67-4-68. We had a poker game at a firebase, I think it would have been in early 1968 shortly before my DEROS. I won some money, the guy that owed me money told me I could take a coat he bought in Australia on R&R. I took the coat home. I think it was stored at Pleiku if memory serves me correct. I found the leather coat to be too big, and had a stain from mildew. I ended up swapping it at Ft. Lewis to one of my fellow cadre. I swapped it for my wedding band. I still have the band almost 42 years later. I just wanted to thank my fellow Cacti, I am sorry I can't recall who it was? Does your memory fail you like mine? Cacti Forever! Dan LaRoche

Dan LaRoche -- East Wenatchee WA USA -- 04/23/2010
Email


3677. On 30 Sept. 1968 my freind Johnny T. Fuller lost his life near Duc Lap I still dont know all the circumstance of this tragety if anyone has info please contact me . thanks Jim (usmc) retired

Jim McElroy -- DeWitt AR USA -- 04/23/2010
Email


3676. My father Mark S. Campau B/2/35 M-60 gunner 4-67 to 4-68. Looking for pictures any and all that have him in them. He is retired from the operating engineers local 324. Still married has 3 kids,3 grand children and one on the way. My e-mail is mc2sdc@yahoo.com, thank you to all who served and your help.

Stephen D. Campau USMC/Ret -- Lincoln Park MI USA -- 04/17/2010
Email


3675. 42 YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOST MANY A GOOD SOLDIER TO THE NVA ON MILE HIGH INCLUDING LARRY SLOAN...MAY THEY BE WITH GOD ..WAITING FOR US WHEN WE GET THERE.LARRY I WANT A BIG HUG! SURF

MILES SAWVEL -- MELBOURNE FL USA -- 04/15/2010
Email


3674. In tribute to those who lost there lives on April 15, 1968 on LZ Mile High. Rest in peace, never forgotten.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 04/15/2010
Email


3673. With special memories remembering Sp4 Andrew Castelda - 4/12/47 KIA 3/12/67.

A Friend --  USA -- 04/12/2010


3672. BRAVO 2/35th 10th ANNUAL LUNCHEON - In conjunction with the Cacti Regimental Reunion in Pittsburgh July 29 – Aug 1, 2010, Bravo Company will meet again for lunch. This time we will be at Vincent’s of Greentree Restaurant, 333 Mansfield Ave, Friday July 30th @ 1PM. A private room has been provided for us so that we can enjoy a luncheon buffet and then conduct our business. Buffet: Take what and all that you want! Muffaletta Ring -Baked Ham, Genoa Salami, Provolone and Swiss Cheese, a special blend of Green and Black Olives and Hot Caesar's Salad Sauce. Tuna Ring - Italian Tuna with Celery, Onion, Egg and Mayonnaise topped with Lettuce and Tomato. Turkey Ring - Gourmet Turkey Breast topped w/Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Tomato and Swiss Cheese. Includes: Pasta, soda,lemonade, iced tea, milk, or coffee. Price: $16.00 per person includes tax, tip, and Cacti Convoy! Sign up: Please make out your check and mail to: Peter Birrow, 37 Flint Rd. Tyngsboro MA 01879. All reservations have to be received before July 23rd. Bravo..Better Than All To Be The Best!

Peter J Birrow -- Tyngsboro MA USA -- 04/10/2010
Email -- http://B 2/35 68 - 69


3671. I want to thank you so much for this website. I found information on a friend, Duane C. Scott, who was KIA in 1969. He's been a hometown hero. He and my brother, who also served in Viet Nam, were friends growing up and we all miss him very much - even after all these years. Right now my brother is going through cancer treatment and feels the need to find information on Duane. His cancer is from Agent Orange exposure. Please keep him in your prayers. And, thank you again.

Deb Sherwood -- Bolivar NY USA -- 04/09/2010
Email


3670. Just wanted to let everyone know we have a few new war stories on the site. Tiny

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 04/09/2010
Email


3669. I am very impressed by the professional presentation of your site. And you have done it in a relatively short span of years. I have recently made friends with John Lorts and Tom Brown, both who have served honorably with your unit. Fine men, dedicated warriors, and sincere human beings. I am a Marine Corps combat vet who considers it a high honor to know these men and what they have sacrificed. I say to all combat vets- "same mud, same blood" ooohrah!!

Ben Dickson -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 04/08/2010
Email


3668. April 5, 1968 Delta 1/35 lost one good man on Mile High this day. George Edden, rest in peace never forgotten.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 04/06/2010
Email


3667. Anyone looking to split a room to keep costs down at the reunion I have reserved a room with two double beds. Let me know. You can reach me at 916-804-5284 or bayvuepugs@live.com John Morgan HHC/D 2/35 67-68

John Morgan -- Colfax CA USA -- 04/05/2010
Email


3666. On April 3,1968 Delta Co. 2/35th walked into an ambush on Hill 1062. We lost 4 men and had numerous wounded. It was a day from hell and one I can't get out of my mind. In memory of those we lost REST IN PEACE BROTHERS FOR YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN. John Morgan

John Morgan -- Cilfax CA USA -- 04/01/2010
Email


3665. Is there anyone out there who possibly remembers my uncle, PFC Ernest V. Fuqua, Jr.? He was KIA on Nov. 28, 1950 in North Korea. He was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was killed when I was only 5 years old so I only remember him by the few pictures I have. I would love to hear from anyone who might have known him.

Sue Prill -- Utica MI USA -- 04/01/2010
Email


3664. Whole month of March 69 was a hell of a month for the Cacti every company in multiple contacts and the Recon platoon involved in most of them including March 29th a whole day of close quarters contact. We had 6 wounded but left a pile of enemy KIA's. It was a hell of a day and month!

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 03/31/2010
Email


3663. 28 September - 30 September 1969, 3 days that have stayed with me since that time. Bravo 2/35 went into the Chu Pa's on the 28th; got ambushed on the 29th, and again on the 30th. Charlie, 2/35 and Recon 2/35 joined us along with some CIDG. If the 4th was using is for bait, it worked. Scotty and Ananian rest in peace. For the est of us who made it out of the mountains - Welcome home.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 03/30/2010
Email


3662. 28 March - 30 March 1969, 3 days that have stayed with me since that time. Bravo 2/35 went into the Chu Pa's on the 28th; got ambushed on the 29th, and again on the 30th. Charlie, 2/35 and Recon 2/35 joined us along with some CIDG. If the 4th was using is for bait, it worked. Scotty and Ananian rest in peace. For the rest of us who made it out of the mountains - Welcome home.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 03/30/2010
Email


3661. I haven`t been on here for awhile because of health issues. Its been 42 years since I lost my brother SPEC4 WILLIAM "DOC" DOUGLAS WYANT. But the loss is still deep within my heart. I feel and pray for the soldiers that are in action now and that they will soon come home to those they love safe and sound. May God be there watching over them and all of you who have gone before and those who didn`t make it home and their families. May your Easter be a time of peace and love. Mary

Mary e Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 03/26/2010
Email


3660. For those who receive the printed version of the Cacti Times, it is in the mail. Expect delivery any time within the next 14 days, depending on where you live. I hope to see you at our reunion in Pittsburgh. If you haven't started making plans to attend, now is the time to get going. If you have never attended one of these special events, you don't know what you are missing. I promise you that you won't regret it!

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 03/26/2010
Email


3659. On this date forty years ago B/2/35 lost another of their own, Larry Comis. May he rest in peace and never be forgotten.

Sonny Cortese --  PA USA -- 03/24/2010
Email


3658. Our KIA page shows 26 KIA's for today March 18th, Not all the same year or even the same war 23 Vietnam, 2 Korea, 1 WW2. But a day to honor the sacrifice and patriotism of our warriors who didn't make it home. Rest in Peace my Brothers

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 03/21/2010
Email


3657. I'm writing this in the memory of my cousin George E. Edden. He was like a big brother to me, his last three years of high school he lived with us. I remember the day he told my dad that he volunteered in the army. My dad was sad but knowing George he was doing the right thing for our Country. He joined the army when i was twelve years old and everyday I watched the morning news. Just to try to see him. I wrote letter and sent pictures and so did he. It was my first year of hunting season and he was proud of me. George was just a good old country boy and had good values. I remember the day when my aunt called and told us George was MIA. Then a few days later we got the call that he was killed in action. I will never forget that day. My dad,mom and I cried for a long time. It was a typical Montana day. It was cold and there was alot of snow on the ground. He was killed April 5th 1968 at LZ Mile High. Im very sure that he was a very brave man. His funeral was the first funeral that I've ever been to, and they played taps, I cried my eyes out. There's not a week that goes by that I don't think about him. I named my son after him. Rest in Piece George.

Dave E. Warburton -- East Helena MT USA -- 03/14/2010
Email


3656. I am trying to recall an incident which I think occured on 27 Aug 68, I remember the date because it was my birthday. I was B Co. 2nd Platoon, and I was still a FNG. I don't recall names of individuals I was with, or specific details, or where exactly we were, nor did I ask any questions but this is what I remember. I was a member of a small squad of individuals, maybe six of us, sent out from a firebase we were using for a few days, to moniter any enemy movement on a trail which was quite some distance from base. I remember we climbed up into trees and watched for charlie, and finally, 3 or 4 appeared. We came out of the trees, engaged charlie and elimated them, I remember my weapon was an M-79 at the time. I have checked after action reports and timeline index, and can find no information regarding this engagement. There is more to this story, and I will put it into a War Story if anyone can coaberate this info.

Bob Kleinknight -- Fresno CA USA -- 03/11/2010
Email


3655. Thank you for all that you have done, in creating the 35th inf. regiment association. I served with the 2/35inf from May of 1968 through Aug. of 1969. I remember going from LZ to LZ, but I just can't remember time frames and the LZ's. I remember scottie and Ranger but nothing else. Does the association have a chronological history of the 35th during this period of time. Our unit moved often and was often designated as the first unit to set-up a perimeter. I remember taking over an LZ which had been occupied by the 9th or the 25th inf. we were there for several weeks, while the rotting bodies or portions thereof still remained on the concertina wire. Can you clear me up on the specific unit. I'd like to get my own history in order. Thanks alot, Lisandro

Lisandro De Hoyos -- Oak Hills CA USA -- 03/11/2010
Email


3654. In remembrance of all of the brave soldiers who selflessly and heroically participated in the battles of March 12 and March 21, 1967.

Glenn Perrone -- New York NY USA -- 03/11/2010
Email


3653. The days turned to months and then years, but the smile and friendship never forgotten. Still holding a special place in our hearts - Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67.

A Friend --  USA -- 03/11/2010


3652. I served with A 1/35 from 1979 to 1981. Positions i held were team leader and squad leader in 3rd platoon. During my time assigned to the unit, we deployed to Korea on Team Spirit 80 and 81. Is there any kind of unit records available that would depict the unit being involved with those two Team Spirits. I need this info to verify my membership eligibility with the VFW which requires 30 consecutive days or 60 non consecutive days. I can be reach via email... mike113055@gmail.com thanks, Cacti Mike McLendon

Mike McLendon -- Idaho Falls ID USA -- 03/10/2010
Email


3651. I have updates on 2 of our Brother Cacti to pass on: 1. It is with remorse that I report the passing of Sergeant Geno J."Snake" Simonetti of Ephrata PA. Sgt Simonetti(according to info. I have on hand) 'entered the Kingdom of Heaven' on Saturday 27 Feb. 'Snake served with the Regiment in Korea in 1951 and was a Boxer while in the Service. REST IN PEACE BROTHER!! 2. I have met and talked to our Brother Ron Urgola. He is alive and well and is keeping up to date with our Activities via this Website. Ron was with 2nd Plt. C Co. 2nd Bn back in 67 We had a nice visit and I will keep in touch with him. Will sign off for now as I have another Cacti group of Korea War Memorabilia coming up to the end of its Auction time. Hope to see you all in Pittsburgh with some more items of Cacti memorabilia that I have collected since last years Reunion.

Tom Gragg -- Harrisburg PA USA -- 03/09/2010
Email


3650. On this date 40 years ago B-2/35 lost a good platoon leader Lt. John Penaman. An officer who led by example and not by commands. May he rest in peace and not be forgotten.

Sonny Cortese --  PA USA -- 03/08/2010
Email


3649. Served with Delta 1/35 4th inf div . 2nd platoon. April 67-April 68. Great web site . I enjoy it very much. Keep up the good work. To all take care .Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens -- Council Bluffs IA USA -- 03/07/2010
Email


3648. Does anyone rememeber my uncle, John K. Gilligan? He was in L Co 25th division Thank you. Mary Beth Rogers

mary beth rogers -- stow MA USA -- 03/07/2010
Email


3647. I received the following letter in today's mail: Dear Mr. Hall, While cleaning up my Dad's home I found your letter to him dated 11-22-01. It was on his desk as if he had recently been re-reading it. I remember my Dad speaking fondly of you and all of his platoon buddies. I have all his photo's from Nam and you are in it. This letter is to sadly let you know that my Dad- Jerry J Cox died on Sunday January 24, 2010. Please take care of yourself sir and thank you for being my Dad's good friend and brother-in-arms Sincerely Steve Cox Jerry was mistaken, I actually wasn't his platoon medic. He was 2nd platoon while I was the medic for 1st platoon but I am sad to hear of his passing. I had contacted him as part of an effort to contact all Bravo guys from that period. This news is for all of you 2nd platoon guys who may of served with Jerry. If you would like the address of the son I would be happy to supply it to you.- Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 03/04/2010
Email


3646. Hi All it has been quite a while since I have checked into the Cacti - Lots of Great Changes Phil. I was wondering if anyone - and I know someone does and may have already answered the question - exactly where was Mile High. I was looking on Google Earth and think I might have found it but don't know since I don't know which way and how far we went out of Kontum. The Co-ordinates I came up with are 14° 27' 31.07"N by 107°44' 20.77E at and elevation of 5,800'. The one thing that makes this stand out is the small bump of a hill near this summit. If it is the right mtn that was where I think the Marines that were there before us had left a 105. Any Help?? - Phillip

Phillip Buice -- Tucker GA USA -- 03/04/2010
Email -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/vietvet67/


3645. I would like to personally thank all those that create and send out the "CACTI TIMES". Your endless work and sacrifice are greatly appreciated. Thanks for everything you do!!!! Ole

Alan "Ole" Olsen -- Overland Park KS USA -- 02/27/2010
Email


3644. Association Secretary, Bill Henson has recently mailed out hundreds of reminders that Annual Membership Dues are due for 2010. For many of us we receive these and set them aside with the intention of doing something with them in the near future AND THEN we get side tracked. (Imagine that, forgetting something at our age!) Anyway, if you have received your notice please dig it out and handle it today. If you have not received a notice but know that you are behind schedule please take care of this before that old memory intervenes again. AND if you are an ex-cacti and have never been a member but visit this web site please get off of the fence and join us in supporting all of the important projects we do in keeping the Association viable and meaningful Just go to the membership section of this web site and take a few minutes to join with us. You have earned that right. The money is minor the good deeds it supports are priceless. Thanks -- Cacti Forever, Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 02/27/2010
Email


3643. My great great uncle was William W. Cooper. 35th Inf Fox Co. light machine gun section 1st squad. WW2....KIA at Guadalcanal on Jan. 13 1943. If there is somehow someone still out there who served with him I would love to talk to you and find out more about him. Thank you very much

John Cooper -- Knoxville TN USA -- 02/27/2010
Email


3642. I am going to be in the orlando area for about a week. I rode my bike here for bike week. Would like to meet up with some cacti. Give me a call or e-mail. 916-335-9209. Cacti Ron

ronald d ray -- sacramento CA USA -- 02/26/2010
Email


3641. HI Brothers. Just wanted to let YOU KNOW I'm no longer in tennessee. I am now living in Milton,florida. GOD BLESS all the CACTI, & GOD BLESS AMERICA. SP/4 Frank De Bilio. echo company 4 Deuce 1/35th aug-68, aug69.

SP/4 Frank De Bilio -- Milton FL USA -- 02/24/2010
Email


3640. 2/23/69 - Lost my dad, PFC Dan Gleason, C Co, 2nd, 35th. 41 years later, and not a day goes by that he's not loved, missed, and remembered.

Jim Gleason -- Mandan ND USA -- 02/23/2010
Email


3639. We're making progress, guys. This morning I distributed 389 copies of the spring 2010 electronic "Cacti Times." Only 31 bounced back. For those of you who did not receive your electronic copy, check your spam file first, then contact me. Also, several members block the receipt of e-mail from me, thus they fail to receive the "Cacti Times." John Lorts did a great job with this issue; thanks, John!

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 02/23/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3638. 4TH INF 68/69 GRUNT TIGER C COMPANY 1ST/35 LZ JEAN,CHO PAU ,ENGLISH DAC TOE

LARRY W FOX -- STUARTS DRAFT VA USA -- 02/22/2010
Email


3637. Ms. Niezgoda was my religious education teacher at Sacred Heart Church Dearborn, MI many years ago. I remember her being very upset this one day at school. She was wearing all black. She then told our class that her son had died in Viet Nam. He was on long range recon. We were young. We didn't know how to respond. I still remember her crying all these years later, yet she still came to school to teach us. ................

Eric Zasacky -- Dearborn MI USA -- 02/15/2010
Email


3636. MEMBER OF ALPHA CO. 1/35 08/67 THRU 08/68 GUN PLATOON, PRETTY AMAZING BEEN SO LONG, ANY BODY HEAR OF DOC NOLAN JONES, I THINK FROM PASADENA , TX., I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY DOC, E MAIL ME WHOM MIGHT KNOW HIS WHERABOUTS, A GREAT MAN AND A GREAT MEDIC, PRESSWOOD SAYS HELLO. ANYBODY THAT READS THIS AND RECOGNIZES ME DROP A LINE, IT WOULD BE GREAT.

GREGORY TYE -- COEUR D\'ALENE ID USA -- 02/15/2010
Email


3635. John Lorts is at work on the next issue of "Cacti Times." I ask those members who receive it electronically to ensure that you've let me know if your e-mail address has changed. We look forward to seeing you at Pittsburgh, July 29 -- August 1!

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 02/14/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3634. To Pat O'connor, message # 3616, I could not send an email directly to you from the link on your message, but I just wanted you and your friends to know that I really appreciate what you are doing for Ken Henninger. I was there that day we lost Ken. He was in the other squard on patrol around our LZ, when they engaged an enemy patrol, while my squard and others in A Company were digging in to our positions. A week later my tour in Nam was over, but I agree, Ken was a good guy, a friend, well liked and respected by everyone in A Company. Thanks Pat! Harold Stratton, A Co., 2/35, 3/68 - 3/69

Harold (\"Harry\") Stratton -- Albuquerque NM USA -- 02/13/2010
Email


3633. I've heard from many of you that you enjoy the war stories section of the site. Well the guys who have submitted the stories only have so many to tell. So how about submitting some of your own. Happy ones, sad ones, action or just one about a day you remember in the Nam. Feel free to embellish a little or just tell a whopper. You can write it by hand, or just put it in the body of an email, or anyway you like and I'll get it on there. (use word if your familiar with it)

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 02/13/2010
Email


3632. Sad news. Former 25th ID CG GEN. Fred C Weyand died. He was 93 years old and a veteran of WWII, Korea and VN. He commanded the division through the prep for deployment to VN and the first year of combat. Later he was a Field Force Commander, the las CG of US Forces in VN and Chief of Staff of the Army. In WWII he served with the OSS in Asia, commanded a Battalion and regiment in Korea and later the 25th Div, He was a soldiers soldier and certainly an officer and a gentlemen, a sad day for the Army and the Tropical Lightning. He retired in Hawaii and was active in Division activities.

Charles H Beauchamp -- Salem OR USA -- 02/12/2010
Email


3631. February 16, 1968 Bill Greenwell, Fourth Platoon, Delta 1/35 was KIA by a mine but never forgotten. Rest in peace Bill, rest in peace.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 02/11/2010
Email


3630. There was hardly a day or week went by in the first few years after 9 February 1968 that I did not think of all that we lost that day. As the years went on it was ever so often that something would click in my memory that would remind me about that day. After attending my first Cacti Reunion last year I am back to thinking about that day often. May God be with their families because I'm sure that not a day goes by that they don't think about the ones they lost. Steve Dickerson (Dickie) 4th Platoon on the 9th.

Steven Dickerson -- Jamestown IN USA -- 02/10/2010
Email


3629. I am so glad that Ron Kindred stumbled on to are website. His brother Mike was one of my best friend when we were in Vietnam, after 43 years looking for a family member of Mikes. If it wasn't for this webstie and the great work are assocition does for it.I would have never been able to get in touch with the family of Mikes thank you for this great website Ron and I are e-mailing and soon will be getting together soon, to let him know what a good man Mike was.Hope to see you all at the reuion. Dave Manrique

David Manrique -- Fremont CA USA -- 02/09/2010
Email


3628. Update my email. It is not Mypage

Joseph Skillings -- Minneapolis MN USA -- 02/09/2010
Email -- http://www.earthlink.net


3627. To all the young men of C 1/35th who survived, what was surely one of the most brutal firefights of the war, on this day in 1968! It was my honor and priviledge to have served with most of them! Too the many who never returned to the world, may God rest their soul! A proud grunt of C 1/35th Joe Skillings

Joseph Skillings -- Minneapolis MN USA -- 02/09/2010
Email -- http://www.mypage.com


3626. Served w/ A Company 35th Regt.later 2nd.Batt. Hq.during 1946-1949 at Otsu. Japan. missed the Korean "police action" good planning ? discharged Hawaii in 1949 Would like to contact others with same interests Aloha/Bob Ornellas

Robert L. Ornellas -- Edmonds WA USA -- 02/06/2010
Email -- http://www.myyahoo.com


3625. I happened to stumble on your site while looking for a certain shoulder patch. My brother, Michael G. Kindred served in your organization from Sept 1967 to 9 Feb 1968 where he and another member lost their life during a major battle. Anyway, your site has provided me with additional info about what had happened to him, never knew he was killed by friendly fire. Also, did not know he was awarded the bronze medal. When I went up to his casket to say my final good-bye, the medals on his uniform were the Purple Heart, Nation Defense and the two vietnam campaign ribbons. There was never a mention of the bronze medal. Next time I speak with his wife, I'll have to ask her about it. You do have a fantastic site which I have found very informative. There will be alot of information I will draw from it and place it in our family history. I thank you for your time and effort and the information you have provided. I'm sure as I absorb what you all have available, other questions will arise. Until then, please take care and thanks for all you and your group have done. Good bless you all and may the good Lord continue to lay is loving hands on you and yours. Ronald P. Kindred, MSGT., USAF (RET)

Ronald P. Kindred -- Yreka CA USA -- 02/04/2010
Email


3624. I remind all that now is the time to renew your annual membership in the 35th Infantry Regiment Association, or become a member. Your dues help support this outstanding web site and our publication,Cacti Times. Your continued active support and individual financial contributions ensure that the memory of our many KIAs and the special history we share will continue to survive through the programs the association sponsors. For annual members, $25.00 will renew your membership for 2010 if you elect to receive the magazine by U.S. mail. It is only $15.00 if you wish to receive your copy electronically via e-mail. Active duty personnel dues are $20.00. Membership applications and registration forms for our Pittsburgh reunion July 29-August 1 can be printed from this Web site. Please send your membership applications/dues to me at the address on the application, and make your check or money order payable to: 35th Infantry Regiment Association.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 02/04/2010
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3623. My Grandfather Harold G. Richardson Private/Medic Medical Detachment of the 35th Infantry in Guadalcanal. He was inducted in Fort Thomas Kentucky. He received the Silver Star in 1943 for his actions on Guadalcanal.

Chuck Bartenslager -- Tecumseh MI USA -- 02/02/2010
Email


3622. In 1993 the commander of my Military Order Of The Purple Heart Chapter in Oklahoma City asked me to speak on behalf of the MOPH at the Memorial Day ceremonies at the state capitol. As I began to think about what I would like to say I thought about what I would say had I given my life for freedom and I could speak from the grave. I decided that I could be the voice of those fallen men and women that so bravely gave their lives on the battlefields in defense of freedom. Here is what I think they would like to say: THE VOICE OF MEMORIAL DAY I am the voice of America's fallen patriots. I am a soldier, a sailor, a marine, an airman and a coastguardsman. I am the young man or woman who gave up my job, and left my beloved family to don the uniform of my country and fight for freedom in far away lands when called to do so. I fought with General George Washington at Valley Forge, I fought for the rights of fellow Americans alongside Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. I was there in World War 1 again fighting for freedom and World War 2 with General Eisenhower. I struggled across the frozen battlefields of Korea, I fought in the steaming jungles of South Vietnam. I stood on th sands of Saudia Arabia as I liberated Kuwait. I fought in places many of you never heard of such as, Old Baldy, Heartbreak Ridge, Hill 881, Pork Chop Hill, The Chosin Reservoir, Hobo Woods, the Ia Drang Valley and Khe Sanh. I have always been there when freedom and democracy were in danger. I am not here with you today because I gave my life for what I believed in. I died in the arms of my fellow soldiers whose tears for my passing mixed with my blood as he held my head in his arms and comforted me as I left this life. I am not here with you in body, but never doubt that I am here with you in spirit. I am there in the furls of the Star and Stripes you raised in my honor this morning. My face is on the statues you carved in Bronze to remember me. My name is on the cold black Granite Wall you erected in Washington D. C. I am there in the memories of my comrades I fought side by side with with in my quest for freedom. I am the memory in the hearts of those I left behind, those whom I loved with all my heart, yet found the courage to insure they would experience the taste of freedom forever more by the giving of my life. I am the first ray of Sunshine you see on a bright sunny day. I am in the memories of my children who grew up without my guidance, never to know the love I held for them so deep in my heart. I don't wish to be remembered as a hero. If my actions in battle were heroic, it was not to make me a hero. It was because I placed freedom and democracy above all else and I was willing to give my life to defend them. If I saved the life of my fellow soldier and gave my own in doing so, it was not to make me a hero, it was because he was my comrade in arms and he fought for the same principles I fought for. He would have done the same for me given the chance. If you do wish to remember me as a hero, remember me as the champion of freedom and democracy for the greatest nation on earth. The United States of America. I hope that you will never forget me and the sacrifice I made for you and others to live free. Remember me when you cast your votes for the leaders of this great nation who must carry on the principles I fought and died for. When you tell my children of me, instill in them the same principles I fought and died for and tell them also of my deep and everlasting love for them that remains even in my passing. Tell them that I look down from my home in heaven upon their shining faces every morning and I guide their footsteps through lifes treacherous journeys. Tell them also to pass my memory to their children and their children's children and let them know that I gave my life for them to live free. As you travel this great nation from sea to shining sea, take in the splendor of the Purple Mountain Majesties, the amber waves of grain, the children running to and fro as they play, remember that this freedom is not free, no it is not free. It has been paid for with my blood and the blood of my comrades and forefathers, who just as I, placed freedom and democracy above all else and gave our lives in defense of it. Cherish this freedom I have given you, fight for it to the very end to keep it sacred, for no sacrifice is too great to let it slip from your grasp. If you will do these things, then I will be with you again the next time you come to honor me and I will reach out and touch you just as I have today and I will rest in peace knowing the greatest nation on Earth the United States of America shall not perish. God bless America. Written May 19th, 1993 Charles E. (Chuck) Norris Former Recon Platoon Sergeant Ist Bn 35th Inf, 25th Inf Div Vietnam 1966

Chuck Norris -- Goldsby OK USA -- 02/01/2010
Email


3621. I served as an arty FO in southern I Corps early '67 to early '68.Worked out of LZ Bronco a lot. Was at LZ Charlie Brown at Sa Huynh when we cleared it with bangalore torpedos. Looking for LT Aquaviva, LT Fong, "Doc" Duggan, Jack Frost, CPT Gallegos, CPT Boettcher, "Me" Riley, anyone else from those days. Anyone from 1/14th inf, 1/35th inf,2/35th inf. who remembers me as a skinny kid lieutenant FO. Welcome home, brothers, those who are home. ex-LT Muller

J.L.Muller -- Landenberg PA USA -- 01/28/2010
Email


3620. Note the new email address. Also, if there are any mis-guided, mis-placed, relocated, or die-hearted New York Jets fans out there, looking for AFC Championship gear, let me know! That includes you, Joe Doriguzzi, who was awarded his SECOND Purple Heart in the Aug, 1967 action that claimed our good friends Richard Ferdig and Jamie Parilla. I sure would like to see you in Pittsburgh so I could give you a proper He Haw! Are there any new Orleans Saints fans out there?

Steve Rainbolt -- Indianapolis IN USA -- 01/25/2010
Email


3619. We love this website. It has been very helpful for our members. Also, our members tell us that our website is the best place for veterans to find information about compensation, pension and benefits for veterans. We have been told that VSOs now recommend that veterans visit our website first before filing a claim. Veterans learn about the process, who to see, where to go, and how to maximize their disability claims. Visit today!

Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret -- Highland CA USA -- 01/24/2010
Email -- http://www.veteranprograms.com


3618. I need help from you Korean War Vets who were with the 35th Reg. in Korea. I am trying to help Richard F. McAllister from NJ with a VA claim. He is really down on his luck and has no idea how to contact friends from his unit and he says he can't remember any names. He was in Korea from 1952 into 1954, (past the end of the war). He started as an Infantryman with B Co. 35th Reg. 25th ID. He says he was on the 30Cal. Machine gun when a shell cassing kicked out and hit him in the eye. He is now 20% service connected for that. He said there was a time when there was 11 guys in his squad that went on a mission and 5 kia. That was when he was made squad leader. He said he operated next to a Greek outfit. He also seen a guy shoot off his toe who had Frost Bite to get out of the field. I am looking for nam,es of people who were KIA while he was there or if you may have known him. He was also with HHC 35th Reg. of I& R platoon or squad. Please help if you can. Herb Worthington hworthington1@comcast.net

Herb Worthington -- Linden NJ USA -- 01/21/2010
Email


3617. Just wanted to say hope everyone has a good year and wish happiness to all the men I served with from march to the end of July 1968.I made my first reunion last summer in reno.I had tried to attend 3 times before but personal circumstances prevented my being there. I was so happy to see some of the men in which I served as their medic in A co. 1/35 inf. 3rd plt. during that time, My great fortune was to see again Robert Floyd, Robert Spielman,Thomas Kehoe,Sonney Danhaus and met a man that was wounded days before I got to the company,David Manrique,really nice guy. Im happy that we got together,Bob Floyd and I are hot rod and car nuts from way back.We used to talk about them in nam and found that we still enjoy talking about them and working on them.Bob has a 50S ford truck with a 327 in it,really a one of a kind that is getting rare and Im going to restore a 55 chevy hardtop" God willing".Hope to document it with pictures as I go through the process. I have also met Harry "Butch" Hooven and we are motorcycle fans and we commo through to email and phone at times. Plan on seeing him in July.Thank you men for being part of my life even though it was a short period,I feel like you are my brothers and have never forgotten you over the years.Yall take care and keep in touch.Proud to have served with this special group of men. Thank you Gary "Doc" Rose.

Gary V Rose -- Naples NC USA -- 01/20/2010
Email


3616. All A Co 2/35th members 68-69,third platoon.On the 17 of july 2010 the 1965 graduating class from Bay HS in Bay Village,Ohio is honoring SGT Kenton Henninger,KIA 6 March 1969.His awards and decorations are being donated to the Bay Village Historical Society along with a Plaque and memorial stone.Ken was the only member of his class to be killed in Viet Nam and his sole surviving relative has donated his awards,etc.I have met with Jack Kostak and he is handling arraingements for lodging for any of our members from out of town.Contact him at jmkostak@allseal.com ,the class is offering to pay for rooms.Bill Hensen has been working on getting the Reg.Colors and Co Guidon to the event.The 4th ID Assn.has been contacted by the Commander of the Honor Guard of AL Post 211 in Avon Lake,who is handling The Honor Guard. Ken was Awarded the Silver Star for his actions on the day he was killed.Ken was a natural leader and a great soldier.He was very popular,both in the Company and among his Classmates.It is anticipated that the event will be well covered by the Media and a Large turnout is also expected.

Pat O'connor -- Southington OH USA -- 01/17/2010
Email


3615. I left Vietnam in Feb. 1967

SGT Cross J. Richard, Sr -- Baton Rouge LA USA -- 01/15/2010
Email


3614. Still working on getting our KIAs pictures. Herbert Leon Thompson was killed with B,2/35th when a grenade was thrown into a NDP near Duc Pho, 10/19/67. Herbert was 20 and an African-American from Winter Garden, Fl. He had just completed the 3rd Bde NCO School where he was the honor graduate. He came in-country in February 1967--plenty of time to be in a picture--even if it is a group photo we can make it work. All you Bravo-Two guys please think about it...thanks......Dick

Dick Arnold --  USA -- 01/15/2010
Email


3613. I was just reading War Stories and I ran across a story by PLT LDR Vaughn Brauer. He told about the Big Snake by 1st Platoon B CO in June of 1966. He asked who the 5th person from the left was in the picture. That person was Winson or Winston. He was the RTO when I came to the platoon in June of 1966 as the platoon medic after the snake picture. I remember him telling me he volunteered to go to Vietnam. Yes he was injured in May of 1967. Schrapnel to his groin and backside. I was in the mash unit filling out his medical card along with many others. I was told from someone, I think it was John Lorts that Winson had passed away from cancer.

Rocco Doc DeRosa -- Fountain Hills AZ USA -- 01/14/2010
Email


3612. Glen Bartley (known as "Buddy" in Vietnam a member of A Co 2/35th was wounded on March 12th 1967 and evacuated from the country. Buddy was a member of the 2nd Platoon Alpha Co 2/35th. This was the same action where Lt. Stephen Karopczyc won the MOH posthumously. If anyone out there remembers "Buddy" from country please contact me or "Buddy's" Daughter-in-law in post number 3610 below. I am especially interested in hearing from an old friend of Glen's who attended his funeral in the mid 70's. The family would love to be in contact with him. -- Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 01/13/2010
Email


3611. In memory of Emory Cannon KIA 1/11/1968.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 01/13/2010
Email


3610. Hi! I'm hoping someone here can help me or at least point me in the right direction. My husband's father was in Vietnam. He was shot badly while he was there and spent many months in the hospital recovering. He died from complications almost 8 years later when my husband was only 6 years old. He knows very little about his father or his service to our great nation. I surprised him with his father's military records and duplicate metals for our wedding anniversary last year. Part of the records include the award of the silver star detailing his brave acts on March 12, 1967 the details in this letter are overwhelming to all that read. We are unbelievably proud to have it along witht he metals displayed in our home. On the letter it says he was assigned to Co A, 2d Bn, 35th Infantry, 3d Bde TF, 25th Infantry Division, APO 96355. I'm not 100% sure what all this means, but I have seen references to several of these things here on your site. I was wondering if there may be anyone here who may have served with him or can point me to any groups who may have served with him. ANY help would be MUCH appreciated. Thank you to all those on this site who provided the most noble of service to your country.

Erin Bartley -- King George VA USA -- 01/12/2010
Email


3609. Hey guys, just wanted you to know how grateful I am for everything you have done. My dad is Dan Drummond, and I just wanted to thank you for serving with him. Spc. Andrew Berli 11B

Andrew Berli -- Grand Rapids MI USA -- 01/12/2010
Email


3608. Any Alpha Company 1/35th guys from late 1968. I got a call from George Ranson from St. Augustine, FL. George does not have e-mail. He has been fighting a claim with the VA over some hearing loss. He specifically is claiming that he was in a bunker on LZ Jean on the night of November 30 (actually early morning Dec 1), 1968 when it was hit by an enemy rocket. (The daily journal of the day shows that LZ Jean took about 42 75mm rifle rocket hits that night and one of them hit a bunker) George says he was in the bunker with a brand new buck sergeant when it was hit. He would like to speak with this buck Sgt to help substantiate his claim. Others of you may of been there and know this to be true. Believe it or not in his rejection letter the person who signed the letter based part of the rejection on the fact that George admits he was not wearing hearing protection that night. If any of you old Alpha guys can substantiate that George was there and in that bunker please e-mail me and I'll pass it on. - thanks Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 01/08/2010
Email


3592. Was 1/35th Cacti 77 thru 80. Just wanted to pass along a Happy New Year to everyone!

Ed Marek -- Oswego IL USA -- 01/04/2010
Email


3591. Because we are getting many bogus Guestbook entries from web robots, we have added a verification to the process, which requires you to type in a number that you see on the screen before you can submit your Cacti Guestbook entry. Please let me know if you have any problems. Dave the Web Guy.

Dave Muxo -- Orlando FL USA -- 01/04/2010
Email


3590. Want to wish all cacti and their families a very happy new year. I have up dated my web site and have made a page in memory of my best buddy John M. West, kia 31 march 67 while with recon 1/35. If anyone would like to check it out go to cactiron.com. American Legion Post 408 Derby/Haysville Kansas is named after him. Their web site is al408.com. If anyone finds themselves in Derby Kansas stop in at the VFW/Am. Legion post and tell them you served in John's regiment and you will be treaded like a king. They are the greatest bunch of patriots there that I have ever met. Looking forward to our next reunion. Cacti Ron

ronald d ray -- sacramento CA USA -- 01/02/2010
Email -- http://cactiron.com


3589. Happy New Year Cacti. As we enter a new decade let us reflect upon 40 years past with an eye towards the future wraped in the fabric of our Association's shared memories and the love of our families. 2010, we welcome you!

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 01/01/2010
Email


3588. Any Alpha Company 1/35th guys from late 1968. I got a call from George Ranson from St. Augustine, FL. George does not have e-mail. He has been fighting a claim with the VA over some hearing loss. He specifically is claiming that he was in a bunker on LZ Jean on the night of November 30 (actually early morning Dec 1), 1968 when it was hit by an enemy rocket. (The daily journal of the day shows that LZ Jean took about 42 75mm rifle rocket hits that night and one of them hit a bunker) George says he was in the bunker with a brand new buck sergeant when it was hit. He would like to speak with this buck Sgt to help substantiate his claim. Others of you may of been there and know this to be true. Believe it or not in his rejection letter the person who signed the letter based part of the rejection on the fact that George admits he was not wearing hearing protection that night. If any of you old Alpha guys can substantiate that George was there and in that bunker please e-mail me and I'll pass it on. - thanks Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 12/30/2009
Email


3587. I"m a former CACTI before the unit changed to the wolfhounds. I WAS THE 60MM mortar section sgt. A 1/35 inf

Earl M. Wooten RET/SGT -- Atlanta GA USA -- 12/28/2009
Email


3585. A belated Merry Christmas to all Cacti presently serving or past veterans and a Happy New Year. If you need any snow we will be happy to send you some from Montana.

frank dahl -- sidney MT USA -- 12/26/2009
Email


3584. JUNE 1967-JUNE 1968. 1/35TH INF. 4 DUECE/(BRAVO COM.SEPT.13 -NOV. 13.) 101 ST AIRBORNE, AIRMOBILE, 1/506 INF. ECHO 81`S. FEB. `69- JAN. `70 . ASHAU VALLEY.

RUSS SAUNDERS (SANDY) -- Dayton OH USA -- 12/25/2009
Email


3583. Greetings. I just stopped in to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year to all the Cacti Members and their families. Congratulations to my cousin Doc Hall for his leadership of your organization the past couple of years. Good Luck to your current leader Jim Anderson, from what I've heard about him, the Cacti Assn. is in good hands. Congratulations to 'Ole' Olson for your Bronze Star presentation, even if it did come 40 years later than it should have. Doc has told me the story and I'm proud that you finally got your well deserved credit. From a friend and fellow veteran of the US Army, I salute all of you for your service!

Richard Boteler -- Shelby IN USA -- 12/24/2009
Email -- http://www.racestarpublications.com/racerrich.html


3582. As we ready to turn the corner on another year, please remember that annual membership dues are up for renewal in January. Applications can be printed from the Association's Web page or found in your copy of "Cacti Times." Not a member? We invite you to join the country's premier regimental association.

Bill Henson, Secretary -- Rocky River OH USA -- 12/20/2009
Email -- http://www.cacti35th.org


3581. I signed up for the Cacti Association when I served with Charlie Rock 2-35 Inf. I just wanted to see where our boys where now.

Brady J. Watson -- Bartlett TN USA -- 12/20/2009
Email


3580. Greetings... I may be able to provide a photograph of 2LT Clarence C. Lovejoy, KIA, Guadalcanal, 27 JAN 1943. I'm the Special Collections Librarian at The University of Tampa, which Clarence attended from 1940 to 1942. If you could let me know your e-mail address, I can scan and forward the image to you for inclusion on the online memorial. Yours With Respect, Art Bagley

Art Bagley -- Tampa FL USA -- 12/18/2009
Email


3579. I am looking for anyone that might have served with My Uncle Donald R.Moyer, he served in the Korean war with the 35th infantry regiment, E company 25th infantry div. I do know that he passed away on May 20th 1951 while taking a hill in Kumhuan. All we have is a few letters of his but no photos or anything telling us about him while he was in Korea. Any information would be helpful,thank you for your time...

William F.Cranford -- Spartanburg SC USA -- 12/15/2009
Email


3578. 1 year ago this evening Pfc. Russell Crawford passed away while surrounded by his entire family. He was so very strong and brave, from my 1st memories of him to my last. He was a man. 1st Lieut. Larry Conner, Commanding 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1/35 Infantry was very comforting in his actions, both on the battlefield and to Russ's family. My son is planning on being a Marine, he is 17 years old and he rocked me to my core when he asked to go visit his Great-(and he was so very great) Uncle. What shocked me is he made this date 3 weeks in advance. A man never knows whom or how many he will influence in his life time.

Chris -- Modesto CA USA -- 12/12/2009
Email


3577. Can any one tell me about the Basketball team, that was maid up of players from the Cacti in 1965 December? They reunited with the unit in early spring of 1966, after being victorious over several collage teams. There should be some pictures, they got great press

Bruce A Suttles -- Durham NC USA -- 12/08/2009
Email


3576. It is Roger not Ray , see War Stories... Thailand Crabs

Roger \"Doc \" Ellis -- Trinity FL USA -- 12/08/2009
Email


3575. Hi, im from philippines and interested about world war 2 veterans who were assigned in Ligaspi philippines in 1942-1944,since my grand mother who is also a auxillary force in the philippines during the war.

angelo magistrado -- iriga city philippines -- 12/05/2009
Email


3574. HOAGY. I WAS THERE THAT DAY ON NOV 13, 1967. I GOT HIT THAT DAY. WE WERE SECURING A DOWNED HUEY GUNSHIP, THINK IT WAS A GUNNSHIP. AFTER THAT WE WERE TO GET AN IN COUNTRY R+R. WE NEVER MADE IT. AT LEAST I DIDN`T, LT. IKE AND SEVEN OR EIGHT OTHERS. I HAVE PICTURES OF IKE AND MY 4 DUECE F.O. LEE. FROM GEORGIA. LEE WASN`T THERE THAT DAY. THERE`S MORE TO THE STORY FROM MY POINT OF VIEW. IF YOU WANT TO HEAR IT OR SEE THE FLICKS, SEND ME YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. SANDY ASHAURUSS@YAHOO.COM

RUSS SAUNDERS -- DAYTON OH USA -- 11/30/2009
Email


3573. This is Andy. I served with D2/35 fron Sept to Jan 69. My PLT SGT was SSG McMillan. Some of the people in our teams were Red Tacket from KY, Ohio, Tenn, Jersey City,New Jersey. What PLT was this? Who was the LT? Our CPT was CPT Knight. We changed CPTs in Jan of 69. Ifanyone has pictures, I would like some copies. My number is 501-231-9393. I would like to here from you. I have had 1 stroke in April of 05, and 2 heart attacks. The last attack was in Jan of 09.

bradford glen anderson -- concord AR USA -- 11/29/2009
Email


3572. Looking for D/2/35th, from Sept 68-69.

Bradford Glen Anderson (Andy) -- Concord AR USA -- 11/28/2009
Email


3571. Wishing to share my joyous feelings of Thanksgiving with all my fellow Cacti. God Bless America!! A/2/35 1966-1967

Curtis P Gay -- Durham NC USA -- 11/27/2009
Email


3570. Want to wish all Cacti Brothers and all Men & women serving in our military. A warm and Happy Thanksgiving. Delta 1/35 2nd plt. April67-68 Richard

Richard Stevens -- Council Bluffs IA USA -- 11/26/2009
Email


3569. Cacti Blue Troopers (Cambodia Operation - May 1970) Some of you may know that I am working on another book, this one about the 1970 Cambodia Incursion in May 1970, which my battalion, the 3-506th Abn. participated alongside yours. I and others have planned a special rendezvous to honor those of you and other 4th Inf. Div. veterans who participated in that operation--Binh Tay I (May 5-16, 1970). The Reunion is Tuesday, June 15 thru Saturday, June 19, 2010. Our LZ is the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. The room rate (all days) will be $59/night (no resort fees nor increased price for the weekend days). The Sales Rep. will be issuing us a special code to use when booking your room in order to get the special rate. I have reserved a block of rooms for our attendees and they will be available to our group until May. More information about this special reunion can be found on our 3-506th website: www.currahee.org. If you participated in the Cambodia Operation, please contact me and come and join us in Reno. If anyone has questions concerning the rendezvous, please contact me. I look forward to seeing you in Reno to help promote our book. If you decide to attend, please get me your names so that I can add them to the Attendees List. Check out the "Attendees List" to see who from the 2-35th has let us know thus far that they will attend. What a better opportunity to meet up with a former teammates or friend after 40 years! If you know anyone who participated, please pass on this info. Jerry in Montana

Jerry Berry -- Libby MT USA -- 11/24/2009
Email -- http://www.currahee.org


3568. Just want to wish all past and current Catci a Happy Thanksgiving. Bravo Company 2/35, Mar-70 to Aug-70.

Sonny -- Glenolden PA USA -- 11/24/2009
Email


3567. On this date in 1950 Cacti PVT E2 Henry Johnson died as a prisoner of war in North Korea. He had been part of the "Tiger Death March" The link is the story of a survivor of the Death March. He was only 18 years old when he died. http://www.patriotfiles.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30175

Wiley Dodd -- Riverview MI USA -- 11/22/2009
Email


3566. My grandfather served with the 35th Infantry regiment during WWII, his name was John Henry Grimes. To the best of my knowledge he served on Luzon and received a bronze star for an assault on a mortar station, this is what I read on some papers that I found. Anymore information that I could find out, or a direction I could be pointed in to find out more info would be greatly appreciated. My grandfather passed away in 1985.

Zachary Grimes -- Piedmont AL USA -- 11/19/2009
Email


3565. Hi Mike Kerr, Thanks for your memorial post about you Cacti brothers. I tried to email you but your address from our records bounced. We are still looking for a pic of Gary Rust. I have talked to and emailed his family many times only to get a false promise. Would you have any Nam pics of him? Thanks,

Peter Birrow -- Gulfport FL USA -- 11/18/2009
Email


3564. Today when I signed onto the web site I was totally amazed that my posting on YOU TUBE was on the front page. Veterans Day was one that I will never forget. It is very humbling to have this on the web site. I have flashed back to that event 40 years ago so many times, sorta like a broken record over and over. I am so thankful for all the CACTI individuals that I served with. I am also thankful for all of those individuals that assisted in helping me get my medal. Closure to this event is a little easier to think about, but will never leave me. Ole

Alan (Ole) Olsen -- Overland Park KS USA -- 11/17/2009
Email


3563. On November 13, 1967, we lost a great leader and very good friend of mine, Lt. Randy Eisenhour, known by his men as "Ike". I have missed Ike dearly for over 40 years, but I think of him daily. Ike, I sure hope the Good Lord is taking care of you, because I know you are in his presence. I can say from the hearts of all of your men in 1st platoon of B-1/35, Ike, we love you and miss you. God Bless You---Hogie

michael hogan (Hogie) -- Frisco TX USA -- 11/16/2009
Email


3562. November 14, 1967. In memory we remember...........

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 11/15/2009
Email


3561. I am wondering if anyone knew my brave Uncle George Henry Chace. He was killed on his 23rd birthday 10/21/66. George Henry Chace from Pepperell, MA. A Co 2/35th.. KIA 10/21/66

Cindy Knox -- Lunenburg MA USA -- 11/14/2009
Email


3560. In July I reported Joel Mayne had been involved in a serious motorcycle accident. For those who love this great guy I am sorry to report he has had to have a foot amputated below the knee as a result of his injuries. Not only is he a Cacti Brother and a Purple Heart recipient, he spent much of his time on the road locating fellow Cacti members. Please feel free to drop him an encouraging note.

Mike Kerr D&E Co. 68/69 -- Troy MI USA -- 11/14/2009


3559. why was my post to Lt Schaffer edited again? there was nothing inflamatory in it he WAS safer with us than flying with the old man last year it was completely deleted what are the rules for posting?

Art hughes --  USA -- 11/12/2009
Email


3558. I always called my Dad and PFC. Russel Crawford on this day to wish them a good day, and a thank you. Russel passed away 11 months ago, but my Dad is as disgruntled as ever HAHAA. THANK you Veterans, thank you very much. It mattered, then and now.

chris -- Modesto CA USA -- 11/11/2009
Email


3557. Attended San Diego's Veteran Day Parade today then followed it with a BBQ luncheon at Veterans Village, www.vvsd.net, where all had a terrific time. Thought of old friends, some long past and moments you don't write home to mom about. Darkness is now overtaking the West Coast and my mind continues to wander in the tidelands of long ago. Veterans Day 2009 is coming to a close, but my memories remain alive with sporatic energy that defies time. I hope your day has been filled with reflection and a hug or two from those you love.

Phil Landis -- San Diego CA USA -- 11/11/2009
Email


3556. we think of you often sincerely third plt B 1/35 in memory of Lt Randall Schaffer

 --  USA -- 11/11/2009


3555. During this Veteran's day I think about all the Veterans who served past wars. My Father, William F. Farrar was with the 35th Regiment during WWII in Guadal Canal, Vella Lavella, and the Phillipines. If anyone knows him or of him please contact me at my email address. I am researching a battle fought in the Phillipines at "Lupao."

Ed Farrar -- Chester VA USA -- 11/11/2009
Email


3554. It's strange.I can still hear Jim Humphries laugh from the night before he and the others died. Seems like only yesterday. Rest in peace, you did more than most. Ed Corman D 1/35 68-69

Ed Corman -- Lincoln NE USA -- 11/11/2009
Email


3553. This is in solemn tribute to all who served our great nation during its time of need, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms that we all hold so near to our hearts (especially SP4 James Perrone, kia, 3.12.67).

Glenn Perrone -- Ridgewood NJ USA -- 11/11/2009
Email


3552. On this November 11th I will be attending the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Troy City Hall. And as I always do, I ask those in attendance to remember SP4 James Humphrey,SP4 Gary Rust, and PFC John Bratton who were killed on this day in 1968 while returning from a reconnaissance mission. Those of us that were privileged enough to know these fine young have nothing but fond memories of them. We still ache knowing what they missed by dying so young. We will never forget them or their sacrifice doing such a necessary and noble cause. I will also visit the grave site of David Head ( A Company ) the Cacti brother buried nearest to my home. He attended the High School my granddaughter now attends. She will see that he has not been forgotten as well. Take care my brothers and savor only the good times we shared with them.

Mike Kerr D&E Co. 68/69 -- Troy MI USA -- 11/11/2009


3551. 41 years ago today Delta 1/35 lost three good men.James Huphrey, John Bratton and Gary Rust. Often in my thoughts always in my heart.

rodger Leffler -- Kaniva vi AUS -- 11/10/2009
Email


3550. Happy Veterans Day to all, enjoy the holiday, try not to dwell on the past, remember the good times and reflect on them and put a smile on your face. Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson -- Levittown PA USA -- 11/10/2009
Email


3549. With special thoughts of Sp4 Andrew Castelda KIA 3/12/67 - Wishing all of the 35th a Veterans Day filled with peace and only the happy memories.

A Friend --  USA -- 11/10/2009


3548. November 9th 1967 was the second month in which A Company 1/35 saw action on the 9th of the month - this would continue through Februay 9, 1968. Good men were lost on 11/9/67 - look at the KIA section. RIP brothers.

Gary Dittmer -- Woodbridge VA USA -- 11/09/2009
Email


3547. Hi Cacti Dave Manrique, as Doc Hall said we attended Tom Kehoes funeral,would like to also let you know where we had are 06 reunion the chaparral suites, all who came to Toms services from out of town,was able to stay at the hotel for free there were no charge. I think that was very nice of the hotel to do that,so if you are in Scottsdale for anything,I would recommend staying at that hotel for all that the hotel did for Tom ,family and friends.Take care Cacti and have a wonderful holiday Dave

David Manrique -- Fremont CA USA -- 11/08/2009
Email


3546. Doc Hall posted a memo about me receiving the Bronze Star W/Valor, this will happen on Veterans Day. It has been long overdue but it finally happened. My many thanks to all who helped out with the long process of applying for the medal. My hat is off to all of you. I will not mention any names because I don't want to leave anyone off, but you know who you are. Thanks again, I started the process when we were at the Buffalo reunion in 2003. Six years ago. This is going to be a great day for all!!! Ole

Alan Olsen -- Overland Park KS USA -- 11/07/2009
Email


3545. I can't believe what happened in Texas today. My heart breaks for the soldiers lost and their families. What is happening in this world? Everything is going crazy.

Mary e Fast -- Moline IL USA -- 11/06/2009
Email


3544. On Veterans Day US Senator Sam Brownback from Kansas will award the bronze star with a V to my old buddy Alan "Ole" Olsen. This award was for actions in the Sept 1969 Chu Pa's campaign. It is 39 years and 50 days late but at last the error has been corrected. Congratulations Ole! Sure wish I could be there with you. Proud of you Brother!- Doc Hall

Jim Doc Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 11/05/2009
Email


3543. I just returned from Scottsdale, AZ where I had the honor of attending the funeral services for our old friend Tom Kehoe. Tom was laid to rest in the National Memorial Cemtery of Arizona just north of Phoenix yesterday November 2. Cacti representatives attending the services were Dave Manrique (A Co 1/35 1967 - 68; Donna Wilds (wife of Cacti Bill Wilds A Co 1/35th 1968 and dear friend of Terry Kehoe); Bob Marley B and D Co's 1/35th 1967 - 68); Mike and Debbie Johnson (Mike is the son of our hero 2nd Lt Everett "Gene" Johnson KIA A Co 1/35 5/19/67); and our hero Peter Yazzi Claw's sister Jane (Peter Yazzi Claw was KIA from A Co 1/35 on 4/5/68). Bill Wilds wanted badly to attend but had the flu and could not. Tom and Terry Kehoe are both very special people and very special Cacti. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Terry and to our entire Cacti family for all of our losses.- Doc Hall

Jim Doc Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 11/03/2009
Email


3542. I served with Tom Kehoe in 1967/68 A-1/35 3rd Platoon. It was a pleasure to serve with Tom, NO it was an honor! I finally got to see him at the Reno Reunion after 41 years. He still has a impact on my life and in the lives of the Cacti Family. He will be truly missed. God Bless his soul. Bob

Bob Spilman -- Murrieta CA USA -- 11/02/2009
Email


3541. I will forever be grateful for the help and encouragement I received from Tom Kehoe after I joined the association. He united me with Mike Johnson, son of LT Everette Johnson, my platoon leader who was KIA at my side. Any questions I had I could always ask Tom and he had or would get the answer. He was always available and was never to busy to stop and talk. If there was someone he thought I should know he'd make sure that I was introduced. For those who might be interested in his obituary I submit the following;..... http://www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com/obituary/kehoe-thomas-michael-iii/comment-page-1/#comment-11

Dave Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 10/31/2009
Email


3540. I will forever be grateful for the help and encouragement I received from Tom Kehoe after I joined the association. He united me with Mike Johnson, son of LT Everette Johnson, my platoon leader who was KIA at my side. Any questions I had I could always ask Tom and he had or would get the answer. He was always available and was never to busy to stop and talk. If there was someone he thought I should know he'd make sure that I was introduced. For those who might be interested in his obituary I submit the following;..... http://www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com/obituary/kehoe-thomas-michael-iii/comment-page-1/#comment-11

Dave Crocker -- Clinton MD USA -- 10/31/2009
Email


3539. Sad to notice all that William (Bill) Gowin C 2/35 1966 Oct 29, .He was wounded In Feb 66 when we recieved three rounds he on our position by Plieme spical forces camp. funural will be Monday Nov 2 at St. Jean Baptise Catholic Church Muskegon Mich. Funeral is 231-759-8565 Paul Watson

Paul D. Watson -- Muskegon MI USA -- 10/31/2009
Email


3538. We are so sad to hear that Tom Kehoe has passed away. What a shock. He was a stalwart Cacti brother, a great guy and we will miss him greatly. Deepest condolences.

Tom and Joan Mahon -- Inverness FL USA -- 10/30/2009
Email


3537. Did you know? The Department of Veterans Affairs established a service-connection for Vietnam veterans suffering from Parkinson's disease, ischemic heart disease (IHD) and B-cell leukemias such as hairy-cell leukemia. These illnesses are now considered "presumed" illnesses. This "presumption" simplifies and speeds up the application process for VA benefits. It is important to note that this new policy will not go into effect until sometime in 2010. At which point affected veterans will be urged to submit new disability claims. http://www.veteranprograms.com/id1070.html

Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret -- Highland CA USA -- 10/29/2009
Email -- http://www.veteranprograms.com


3536. I would like to think all the association officers and volunteers for the great work that they do and a special thanks to Past President, Peter J Birrow, who seen the post I made about Comrade Roberts P. Burrows Who served two tours with 1/35 recon and later was KIA while serving his second tour with the 1st Cav. He e-mailed me for more information. After giving him the information that I had and a photo of Bob, they have now put together a memorial page for Bob listed under KIA's 1st Bn HHC. It is a great testament as to what the Association is all about. Thank you for all that you do. Cacti Ron

ronald d ray -- sacramento CA USA -- 10/29/2009
Email -- http://cactiron.com


3535. I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Tom Kehoe. He was a great guy and was always willing to do what it took to get the job done. He will be missed greatly by the Cacti brotherhood.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 10/28/2009
Email


3534. I am saddened to learn my friend Tom Kehoe passed away. I didn't serve with Tom in days long gone by, and only knew him through his involvement with the Association, but he and Terry have become friends. I'll miss passing time and stories with Tom in the hospitality suite until long after it closed. We had some fun - eh bud? Terry - prayers and thoughts to you and yours. Tom - See you in the by and by when it's my turn to report to Fiddler's Green. Until then - peace brother.

Mike Slyck -- Rochester NY USA -- 10/28/2009
Email


3533. I am shocked to learn of Tom Kehoe's sudden death. He was great guy and friend. He had a passion for his family and life and an infinite sense of good humor. He was dedicated to this Assn. After serving with A Co 1/35 in 67-68 he joined a 1st Cav gunship unit that supported us on occasion out of LZ Baldy - 1/9 Headhunters. My deepest sympathy to his Wife and Family in this difficult time.

Gary D. Dittmer -- Woodbridge VA USA -- 10/28/2009
Email


3532. What a sad day for the Cacti Family to learn that our friend Tom Kehoe has passed away. Tom was one of the nicest most sincere guys I have ever met. It is a true loss for all of us. My deepest sympathy goes out to Terry and to the whole Kehoe family. God Bless you all. I know that heaven is a little brighter today and Tom is probably there helping to organize those lines at the Pearly Gates. We'll miss you buddy.--Doc Hall

Jim \"Doc\" Hall -- Woodbury NJ USA -- 10/28/2009
Email


3531. Sorry to hear about the passing of Tom Kehoe. I first met Tom at the Az. Reunion several years ago when he was in charge of the hospitality room. Curt and I helped man the bar for him and since I have always looked forward to his e-mails and seeing him at the reunions. RIP brother. Cacti Ron

ronald d ray -- sacramento CA USA -- 10/28/2009
Email


3530. WE are overwhelmingly saddened to have to report that OUR DEAR FRIEND AND COMRADE...TOM KEHOE...PASSED WAY LAST NIGHT. We spoke on Monday after they returned from their wonderful 35th Anniversary weekend. He also sent many of you an email detailing the events and their itinerary. This is posted at Terry's request. She believes he had a massive heart attack. Today was to have been his last chemo treatment. Blessing and peace to the Kehoe Family. Kathy and Jim

Jim and kathy Holleran -- Red bluff CA USA -- 10/28/2009
Email


3529. Anyone that was in recon 1/35 in 66 & 67 that remembers Roberts P. Burrows who tried to extend for the duraration, I just found his name listed on the wall. He was KIA Oct. 14, 1970 with the 1st Cav while on his 4th tour of duty. Bob and I was in the hospital with malaria in Dec. 66 and had become very close. RIP brother. Cacti Ron

Ronald D Ray -- Sacramento CA USA -- 10/25/2009
Email


3528. I was a Sgt fresh out of NCO academy via Ranger school, and served in C company year of 1969. I was wounded while recovering one of my men Jim Hyatt during a firefight and after helping to patch up on another solder that had had his lag taken off and his belly opened from a chi-com Rodney Winchell. Later after returning home to Calif, CBS aired a documentary, The Wounded from Vet Name. I later comedown with Malaria. But not all was bad, One day while the the company was moving one of us had a radio tuned to some Soul or Rock music, the company commander walking a safe ways back heard the music and ordered the radio off, just then us walking point where hit, the radio went flying in the air and volume went to full blast as we fought our way out. It was a sen right out of Apocalyptic Now. We think the company commander gave our position away, after the firefight ended and conformation that none was hit we move on, and yes we retrieved our radio and stopped play our music will on patrol. Other accounts include my platoon and I stopping to take a bath in a running stream only to be ambushed, we all serviced, Out on recon in Cambodia for four days and almost taken POW, we all got back OK, A night attack on the wrong village no shots fired while the people in the village look-on a puzzled as us and latter we had a laugh at the commanders orders, And More, All True and all before my 21 birthday.

Steven Norris -- San Juan Cap CA USA -- 10/20/2009
Email


3527. Tell Captain Wandle I was there that night on Firebase Vera. Sept 68- Sept 69

Roy Sprague -- Kent OH USA -- 10/20/2009
Email


3526. The Active Cacti, 2-35 Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, is back home at Schofield Barracks after their recent combat deployment to Iraq. We should have information about their home-coming posted on this web site soon.

John Lorts -- Virginia Beach VA USA -- 10/15/2009
Email


3525. Peace to all those who dutifully served. I'm looking for anyone who can tell me about a friend of mine from high school, Ed Rhode, who was killed on 15 April 1968 near LZ Mile High. I believe he served as a medic with D/1/35. Thanks !

Joe Schmeling -- Saint Louis MO USA -- 10/15/2009
Email


3524. George Ranson (A 1/35) is looking for anyone who may remember the names of any of the platoon leaders that were on LZ Jean December 1, 1968 when they received incoming. George Ranson 626 Madeore St. Saint Augustine, FL 32084 Phone: 904-819-9253

Dave Fogg --  USA -- 10/15/2009


3523. 13 men from A&B companies 1/35th died this day in 1967. Rest in peace my brothers. We of the 35th Infantry Association will not let you be forgotten.

Wiley Dodd (Tiny) -- Riverview MI USA -- 10/09/2009
Email