President's Message


Greeting Brothers,

Our 18th Annual Reunion in Washington DC is behind us. It was a good one. For those of you visiting the Wall for the first time, I know it was a very emotional time.  I have been to the Wall four times and it is always an emotional experience to see all of those names.

The hotel and banquet were also very good and well done. My thanks go to Don “Doc” Johnson for his hard work and dedication in setting everything up.  It’s not an easy job! We look forward now to the 19th Annual Reunion at the Ramada Plaza in Springfield, Missouri.

The Cacti Association has had a busy year, joining the actives for the Centennial Banquet and Celebration. Attending KIA ceremonies for recently identified Cacti soldiers from the Korean War and the headstone dedication for Alan Alteri in California. All of these make me proud to be a member of this Association!

We also awarded four scholarships this year to the descendants of our members. I think it’s an important part of who we are, and is important for our legacy. I thank all of you who contributed and worked to make this happen. To sustain this program, I hope we can continue to count on your generosity.

We also have a Health and Welfare Fund for Cacti who have fallen on hard times. If you, or another member you know, have fallen on hard times, contact Pete Birrow at or 727-258-8698. This information will be held strictly confidential.


Wiley Dodd


35th Infantry Regiment Association

Are you a Facebook user? If so you might want to join the Cacti 35th Infantry Regiment Association page run by Immediate Past President Bill Henson.

35th Infantry Regiment Monument at Ft Benning Walk of Honor


Monument Dedication Photos Posted (View Here)

 Follow the link below to view Video of the Monument Dedication Ceremony

Celebrating 100 Years of Service


NOT a Member? Or your Membership has Lapsed? Three times a year John Lorts, Editor, and Bill Henson, Associate Editor, create 32-44 pages of your Cacti history and news about our Active Cacti. As a Member you receive this excellent publication as a benefit. If you haven't seen the Cacti Times in its full color version we have a treat for you. Follow this link for a blast from the past. The 2014 Spring Edition: Click HERE to see what you are missing.

Can't wait to become a Member? Open and Print the Membership Form HERE



The War Stories Section has turned into a huge success with almost 50 stories written by our Cacti Members. Got a “Cacti Story?”  It can be a battle story,  A funny or sad story. Just put it down the way you remember it. If you want a “creative license” to embellish a little you got it. Only rule is not to be malicious.

Submit them to Wiley "Tiny" Dodd by Email, today!


Health & Welfare. Do YOU know someone in Need??

The Association's Health and Welfare Account currently has a very positive balance. To date, there has been only one request for financial assistance. Obviously more requests could be accommodated, but we have no knowledge of these situations. But maybe YOU can help from today and into the future. Should you be aware of a Cacti Brother that has fallen on hard times, suffered a loss such as a hurricane or a flood, has medical issues and is uninsurable, or anything else that cries for help, please be his ombudsman. These Health and Welfare funds were donated by you, our caring members, to be used for those in need not just to be saved for a rainy day. Please let us know about your brothers in need.

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

ALL information is kept confidential



Here is another YouTube film we thought you might enjoy. The story of the "Ivymen" in Vietnam, from their arrival in 1966 through the critical Battle of Dak To in the winter of 1968. Approximately 25 minutes long it is a good depiction of our piece of the war.


This short film, from youtube is about Joe Galloway's experiences as a reporter in Vietnam and his coming to grips with them following the war. We thought you might enjoy this short but emotional clip. Simply click on the link below to view.

Vietnam KIA Photos Needed

Dick Arnold, Doc Hall, and Pete Birrow have been gathering KIA Photos for a number of years. Their work has added immensely to our mission to memorialize our war dead. But we still need a few more. Click Here to view a list of Vietnam KIA photos needed. If you're a fellow Cacti, or a friend or family member, please consider sending a photo to Dick Arnold at his Email address.


Vietnam War - Gravesite Location Project

Doc Hall and Pete Birrow have been compiling a list of gravesites for our Vietnam KIAs for some time now. Through personal visits and searches on the web they have located hundreds. The information is now available by Clicking Here. If you have personal knowledge of a gravesite not found on the list, please contact Doc Hall at his Email address.