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President's Message

 

I am always a bit surprised to learn of Cacti who only recently discovered the35th Infantry Regiment Association. Some gave up on finding old friends; others likely placed their service in a private place where the experience was not to be shared.  There is a price to be paid for that silence.

There are tangible benefits to meeting those you served with who also have stories to live by and memories yet to be processed. Sharing those helps heal. Ordinary men sent to kill other men do not return feeling ordinary.  That is particularly true about Vietnam and Korea as there was no definitive end point to the war as defined by WW II.

Our reunions, particularly for those of us now older, help in the restoration of trust, pride and acceptance. We enjoy a remarkable “family,” as diverse as it is generous and helpful. The men and now women possess the wisdom, skills and experience that provide communities with sound leadership.  They are people who know how to ask the right questions and determine what is genuine.

The point, getting duller as our ranks thin, is that for years the perception of the Vietnam veteran was that we were a wholesale lot of damaged goods. That has never been true. Men suffered, and continue to suffer from what they experienced overseas and on their return home. It’s tough feeling like an outsider or being shunned. The latter is particularly painful – ask an Amish person who has gone ‘English.”  It’s emotional torture and produces depression, anger and anxiety – all PTSD issues.

Our association offers many benefits to members for a small membership fee. The most important is the opportunity to associate with those who have trod the same path and share in the pain of remembering the missing. We may be reluctant to say it, but collectively we are stronger for the experience.

 I am not a “career” veteran.  It took more than 30 years for me to begin looking for men I served with and wanted to see again. In some cases, I waited too long. They had passed away.  My hope is that each association member and the present generation of Cacti will appreciate that locating buddies and joining the organization is about friendship, not living in the past.

For those interested, I maintain a closed Facebook Group for the 35th Infantry Regiment, meaning non-members can't access the posts. If you are on Facebook, a Cacti or Redleg who served with us and want to join the Group, please email me with a request by clicking HERE.  If you would rather not participate, I certainly understand. The purpose of the page is to pay tribute to our fallen, keep association members united and in routine contact using the social media your children and grandchildren do. The page is NOT to be used for political commentary or commercial purposes.

Bill Henson, President 35th Infantry Regiment Association

 2014 Cacti Scholarships - April 15th Deadline !!

Because of the generous contributions of our Cacti Members, the Cacti Association Board of Directors has been able to approve an increase to $1500 per award for three 2014 scholarships. The time for scholarship applications is fast approaching. Be sure to tell your children/grandchildren of the coming April 15 cutoff date for scholarship applications.

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 Scholarship page of this website, or contact the Chairman, Wiley "Tiny" Dodd by email at the address Here.

 

2013 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

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 1/35th. 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.

 

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 Email, today!

 

The Winter 2013-2014 Issue of the Cacti Times, John Lorts, Editor and Bill Henson, Associate Editor, is out.

Here's a sample of page one of this issue. If you haven't seen the electronic color version Click 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 Sign Up.

Cacti Ball - 52 Sponsored to Date - Keep 'em coming!

The Cacti Ball is fast approaching, May 30th 2014 to be exact.

One thing that has not changed between our era and today’s Cacti is the buying power of our wages. For those of us that cannot attend, we can help out our young Cacti by sponsoring their ticket to the Ball.

For only $60.00 you can make a Cacti proud to be with their brothers/sisters at this prestigious event. Checks should be made payable to “The CACTI Store.” and mailed to:

CACTI Ball 2014

ATTN:  LT Loren Bell

91-111 Puaina Place

Ewa Beach, HI 96706

If you rise to this challenge, please let Pete Birrow know so that we can gauge the impact that has been made.

So far, two of our Regimental Association members will be attending along with their wives. If you too would like to attend, Pete Birrow has the game plan for you. Just drop him a line at birrowp@hotmail.com. And he will give you the full details.

Pete is the 35th Infantry Regiment Association's Liaison to our active duty 2-35th Infantry battalion, and a Past President of the Association. His personal motto:

“Once You Have Been Pricked By A Cacti, You Are A Cacti Forever!"

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

http://youtu.be/daOxXIRe2gA

 

 

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