Greetings on Behalf of myself and the 35th
Infantry Regiment Association.
Words don't really express my feelings on being
elected the 2019/2021 Association President. The measure of
trust our membership have placed in me both gladdens and humbles
me. I will work to prove myself worthy of it everyday.
50 years ago when I first encountered the 35th
Infantry Regiment we were a full Regiment. The 1st and 2nd
Battalions were assigned to the 4th Infantry Division ( having
been reassigned from the 25th Infantry division) and the 3rd
Battalion was part of the Massachusetts National Guard. None of
that mattered to me then. What did matter was being assigned to
a unit that would help me return to my family and friends. Bravo
Company 2/35th was such a unit. I grew an entirely new family
while serving with them in Vietnam. Taking all that into
account, when I did return to my blood family I wasn't that
interested in getting back with the Cacti. That was before the
internet was readily available to facilitate people searches. As
time went by, I began to wonder how my brothers who broke trail
with me, and who had my back as I had theirs, had fared. It
turned out I wasn't the only one wondering..
And so we formed this Association; reconnected;
and as much of our family was restored as possible.
If you've come to this site looking to satisfy
those same questions about your Cacti brothers, look around and
see what you can find. Think about joining us and becoming one
of our Cacti family. I think you'll find this Association is a
Welcome and Take Arms! Mike Slyck, President
Don't Delay! It's time to get
the kids/grandkids going on submitting their applications for a
scholarship from the Association. This year we have eight awards
of $2000 available, with the top applicant receiving $2500.
April 15 is the absolute
cutoff date. On the Quick Links Menu above select
"Scholarship" and follow the instructions. For questions,
contact Dave Muxo, Scholarship Committee Chairman.
Battle of the Month
35th Infantry Regiment
all enemy strong-points in the South Pacific, that on
Guadalcanal appeared most threatening because it lay closest to
Australia and to the South Pacific ferry route. If the Americans
were going to blunt the Japanese advance into the South Pacific,
Guadalcanal would have to be the place, for no other island
stood between the Solomons and Australia.
Ninety miles long on a northwest-southeast axis and an average
of twenty-five miles wide, Guadalcanal presented forbidding
terrain of mountains and dormant volcanoes up to eight thousand
feet high, steep ravines and deep streams, and
a generally even coastline with no
natural harbors. With the south shores protected by miles
of coral reefs, only the north central coast presented suitable
November the 25th Division was ordered to Guadalcanal as part of
the relief of the 1st Marine Division. On the 25th,
the 35th Infantry Regiment left Oahu on the first of
three convoys transporting the 25th Infantry Division, arriving
on 17 December, 1942. By the end of the first week in January,
all three regimental combat teams (RCTs) of the 25th had arrived
Troops Landing on Guadalcanal
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The Group "35th Infantry Regiment Association"
was formed by Bill Henson and invites all current and former
35th Infantry Regiment veterans to join.
Similar to the Association's guestbook, the
group offers the ability for posting comments, with the added
benefit of the ability to post your photos and videos.
Hundreds of currently active and recently
separated 35th Infantry veterans have joined the group. This,
coupled with the membership of many Vietnam vets, makes it
another great source for you to connect with those old buddies
you've been looking for.
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War Stories' Featured Story of
better way to kick off the introduction to the War Stories
Section than by its Editor, Wiley "Tiny" Dodd
Wiley Dodd 1969
Puckered- an involuntary restricting of the lower
bowel extremities, due to fear, and self preservation (saving
There were times being a grunt in the bush in Vietnam where the
enemy was not your greatest fear at least for a moment. Here's a
few of the incidents that caused me some anxiety and fear
resulting in being puckered.
We were in the Chu-Prong mountains where there are mammoth trees
tall grass, and rock. We're loggered in a little circle on a
small hill. On my side there is a small clear area and then a
grove of trees about 50 meters from me. This was my second month
in Vietnam and the guy set up with me Tim Marick had been in
country about 5 months or so. There was a moon that night .
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
The Winter 2019 Edition is out.
The Cacti Times is the
official publication of the 35th Infantry Regiment Association.
Published three times a year, it brings our members news,
history and much more.
Ray Maylen, VP WWII & Korean Affairs
Did you or a buddy serve in WWII or Korea? If
so, please contact our Secretary, Don Johnson, and let him know
how you are doing. Too many of our heroes are leaving us.
Send our Secretary an
with an update on you or someone you know.
You Earned The Right!
Join the Association Today!
Captain Cpt. Kyu Ro, the Cacti Chaplin, provided
a photo of the recently completed "Memorial Room" of the Cacti
Quad. Don Johnson, our Secretary, helped them with the video
presentation of our Cacti fallen.
Brian Hughes, Executive Vice President
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 Brian Hughes by