New reunion photos posted
New photos posted - 12/1/2013
REUNION 2014 - THE CHICAGO/NORTHBROOK HILTON - SEPT 25-28
- Click Here for Registration Form
and Transportation Information
2013 Reunion Photos Can Be Seen By Clicking Here or Select "Reunions" above
to see all year's Reunions
Ten years ago, with the encouragement of my wife, Judy, I
attended my first reunion at Buffalo. I went anxiously thinking of old
and unhappy things in a place far away. We left four days later with
enough new friends to ensure our return the next year and each one
I am now privileged to represent the Association and its
membership for the next two years. Thank you. Immediate Past President
Jim Beddingfield has served us extraordinary well. A patient,
soft-spoken man, he seems always to have the proper words to place in
the proper spot at the right time.
That was never more apparent than during the challenges
he experienced in supervising the construction and placement of the
Cacti monument at Ft. Benning’s Walk of Honor. The completion of the
monument is a testament to how members of the 35th Infantry
Regiment Association feel about our organization and their service. It
is the largest single project we’ve embraced, and was funded entirely by
This year’s Virginia Beach reunion (the 15th) was the
third largest in our history. More than 400 Cacti and guests attended
the Memorial Banquet. The Association has a membership of nearly 1,000 –
a number we hope will increase with your help. Each of us knows how
challenging it is to attend that first reunion. Extend a hand to someone
you don’t know, or invite someone you do and that Cacti will discover
what a remarkable organization we enjoy. This year, eight first-time
attendees joined us.
We are fond of one another because our war experiences
are the same. Or, as Jonathan Swift once suggested, “our ailments are
the same.” The board members understand that: each president has been
fortunate to enjoy the support and advice of motivated, board members
with needed skills. David Hockett, HHC, B and C Cos. is a newly elected
director and will serve as Vice President/Membership during 2013-2015.
Rick Strawn will serve as Sergeant-At-Arms and Doc Johnson, our first
president, was elected to replace Secretary Steve Rainbolt, who resigned
from that position with our thanks for his service.
A number of committee positions are being filled and if a
member is a certified public accountant, the Audit Committee is
particularly interested in you. Contact me if you’re able to join that
Next year we will gather at the Hilton Northbrook in
Illinois near Chicago. I look forward to seeing our extended family
there. If a kindness was shown you at Virginia Beach, pass it on.
President 35th Infantry Regiment Association
Please Welcome Your Board of
Executive Vice President
Wiley (Tiny) Dodd
Senior VP Membership
Senior VP WWII & Korean Affairs
Senior VP Public Relations
VP Information Services/Cacti Times Editor
VP Internet Communications
VP Special Projects
Don "Doc" Johnson
Immediate Past Presidents with a
position on the BOD include:
Immediate Past President 2011-2013 - Jim Beddingfield
Past President 2009-2011 - Jim Anderson
Past President 2007-2009 - Jim "Doc" Hall
Summer 2013 Issue of the Cacti Times, John Lorts,
Editor and Bill Henson, Associate Editor, is out.
sample of page one of this issue. If you haven't
seen the electronic color version
Here to see what you're missing. Members wishing to change from
a Mailed to Emailed Times may email Don "Doc" Johnson, our Secretary, to
Cacti Times - Size Does Matter!
As everyone who has read it knows the Cacti Times
is full of great stories of the Cacti, both past and present. And it
seems the issues just keep not only getting better, but larger as well.
The inclusion of the many photos just adds to its size. All great unless
you happen to be the few that can not receive it because it is too large
for you email provider to accept. Such was the case for the Summer issue
and to a certain extent the Spring issue as will.
Because of this we will be sending out notices to
you as before when the next issue is ready but it will not have the
attached Times issue. It will include a link to the Times that we will
upload to this website. To open you copy just click on the link included
or copy and paste it into your browser. Once the file downloads, just
select "save as" and hit enter. It will be saved to your computer
for viewing or you
may then print it and sit back and enjoy a slow, enjoyable read.
If you have missed either the Summer or Spring
2013 issues please send Doc Johnson an email and he will send you the
link for either or both issues. If by chance you are a mail recipient of
the Times and have not received your copy of the Times, then by all
means let doc know and he will send you the link also. Once you
see the Times in full color you just might opt to keep receiving it by
You can reach Doc Johnson at
this email address.
We hope this helps in the delivery of these and future issues of the
Cacti Times. Thank you for being members in a great Regimental
35th Infantry Regiment Monument at Ft Benning Walk of Honor
Monument Dedication Photos Posted (View Here)
Follow the link below to view Video of the Monument
WAR STORIES SECTION
The War Stories Section has turned
into a huge success with almost 50 stories written by our Cacti Members. Got a “Cacti Story?” It can be a battle story, A funny or
sad story. Just put it down the way you remember it. If you want a
“creative license” to embellish a little you got it. Only rule is not
to be malicious. Submit them to Wiley "Tiny" Dodd by
Doc Hall, and Pete Birrow have been gathering KIA Photos for a number of
years. Their work has added immensely to our mission to memorialize our
war dead. But we still need a few more.
Click Here to view a list of
Vietnam KIA photos needed. If you're a fellow Cacti, or a friend or family member,
please consider sending a photo to Dick Arnold at his
War - Gravesite Location Project
Doc Hall and Pete Birrow have
been compiling a list of gravesites for our Vietnam KIAs for some time now.
Through personal visits and searches on the web they have located
hundreds. The information is now available by
Clicking Here. If you have
personal knowledge of a gravesite not found on the list, please contact
Doc Hall at his Email
Vietnam Memorial Replica Wall Visits
From time to time, we have been posting, in the guestbook, appearance
schedules for the various replica Vietnam Memorial Walls around the
country. We will continue to do this but just so you can make future
plans below is a complete schedule of all the replica Wall appearances
that we are aware of for the balance of 2013.
encourage anyone who lives near the appearance site to visit these
And if you go we would ask, if you have time, for you help us to
memorialize our old friends whose names appear on the Wall by leaving a
placard in Memorial to them. This placard will also serve to allow any
old Cacti out there who happen to visit these Walls to find that we
exist as an Association.
Just contact Doc Hall at
firstname.lastname@example.org and he will
send you via snail mail a placard to leave at any Wall that you visit.
November 7/11, 2013
Buddy Riley Blvd, Baptist Church Grounds, Magnolia, TX
The 35th Infantry Regiment
(Cacti) Association is pleased to announce they have again awarded
$1000.00 scholarships to three deserving high
school graduates. After reviewing the applications received,
scholarships were awarded to:
Gabriela Alicia Santos of Manitou Springs,
Colorado. Gabriela is the granddaughter of
Isidro Salas Santos, Bravo Co 1/35th 1966-67.
Alex Cy Hewit of Mapleton, Illinois.
Alex is the grandson of
Russel Hewit Jr., KIA 21 January 1969 while serving with Delta Co
Alexandria Nicole Alvarez of Fayetteville, Georgia.
Alexandria is the granddaughter of
David Hockett, Bravo Co 1/35th 1966-67.
We congratulate all of our applicants upon their high school
graduations, and especially congratulate our three awardees.
Cacti Scholarship Program
All of our
Cacti families are encouraged to apply for scholarship awards. To be eligible the applicant must:
Be a child, stepchild, grandchild or great-grandchild of an Association
member or a 35th Infantry Regiment member who was killed in action.
Be a graduating high school senior.
Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
Relatives of Association Board members are not eligible.
For more information see the
page of this website, or contact the Chairman, Wiley "Tiny" Dodd by
email at this address.