Iconic Woodpecker Ridge Photo.

As most of you know, I’m a sucker for vintage historical photographs. Lately, we’ve been posting on the 152nd Infantry, 38th Infantry Division, and their hard-fought victories at Zig Zag Pass and Woodpecker Ridge during World War II. I love this pic of the 152nd Infantry raising the Stars and Stripes, following their victory at Woodpecker Ridge on Luzon in the Philippines. Reminds me a bit of the iconic shot from Iwo.

Soldiers of the 152nd Infantry raise the Stars & Stripes in victory over Woodpecker Ridge, Luzon.

25 Responses to “Iconic Woodpecker Ridge Photo”

  1. Ginny Sandefur Sidlowski says:

    I agree with the comparison to Iwo.
    Thanks again for all of the great postings of Dad on Luzon. He’d be proud.


  2. Tom Rudy says:

    Love these pics and info. My grandfather was in the 38th division 152nd infantry and received the silver star at woodpecker ridge. His name is Arthur p. Rudy.
    feel free to contact me
    -Tom Rudy

  3. Ginny Sandefur Sidlowski says:

    Hi Tom. Thanks for leaving the comment. I have a copy of the 38th Division Roster, and I do see your grandfather’s name listed. He was in the 3rd Battalion (same as my dad), but he was in Company I (Dad was an officer in company L). Your grandfather’s address is listed as Richards Avenue in San Jose. My dad, Wayne Sandefur, also earned a Silver Star at Woodpecker Ridge, and one at Zig Zag Pass. In this photo, Dad is on the back row, second from the right.

    • Tom Rudy says:

      Thanks for the info!

    • Annie Schaefer says:

      I just came across this site, and am looking for information about my dad, Donald Schaefer (Oregon). He was in the 149th Infantry, 38th Division, fought in the Philippines. Am just trying to locate his name on a roster, or photos, anything to connect him to that time / place.

    • Susan Gorsuch Metivier says:

      Is my Dad’s name on the roster? Jack R Gorsuch
      Thank you

    • Janice Carpenter says:

      My father Gordon Reddin also fought in these battles. I would love to talk with someone who was there for a book I’m writing. Thanks

  4. Thomas McKibben says:

    I am looking for any information on my dad, Tech Sarg Floyd E. McKibben. He served in the 152 Infantry, 38th Division. He was born in Ohio, but moved to Portland, Indiana and served out of there. His basic training was at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, MS. His friends called him “Mac.” Any info would be deeply appreciated.

    • mikemccoy says:

      Hi Thomas,

      I passed your info onto Ginny Sidlowski, who possesses a 38th Division roster, and has always been beyond helpful on matters regarding the Division.

  5. Ginny Sandefur Sidlowski says:

    Hi Thomas,
    Your dad, TSgt Floyd McKibben, served in the 152nd Infantry Anti-Tank Battalion. His address is listed as 640 West 3rd Street; Portland, Indiana. The Anti-Tank Battalion provided support for the infantry companies. The 152nd consisted of 13 separate infantry companies which saw action at Zig Zag Pass, Fort. Stotsenburg/Zimbales Mountains and the Sierra Madres, to mention a few. In addition to basic training at Camp Shelby MS, the 38th (including your dad, of course) trained at Camp Carrabelle in Florida, at Camp Livingston in Louisiana, and in Hawaii before being deployed to New Guinea, Leyte, and finally to Luzon. You might be able to obtain more information on your dad if you go to the Museum in Warsaw, IND. It’s not a large museum, but it does contain quite a bit of information about the 38th Division, and especially, the 152nd Infantry. Good luck with your research!

    Ginny Sandefur Sidlowski

  6. Diane Little says:

    I just came across this site and would love some information, if possible, on Company K, of the 152nd Regiment, 38th Division. My father, LaVerne Anderson was in that unit. He was a bronze star recipient and would be interested to find more information on that unit. I saw a roster of the 38th and found his name with the number 219 after it and am curious what the 219 stands for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Michael Dawkins says:

    I’m looking for any information you might have regarding my father, Sgt. Joseph R. Dawkins, who served in Company A, Ist Battalion, 152 nd Infantry Regiment, 38th Infantry Division.

    • mikemccoy says:

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for visiting the site, and for your comment. I’ll take a look at what I have on file. Where was your father from?

      • Michael Dawkins says:

        Hi Mike,
        Thanks for respoding to my inquiry. My father was from Cohoes, New York. He enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor and left for basic training on February 9, 1942.


  8. Teri Michka says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather who served in 152nd Infantry Regiment during WWII in Luzon. His name was Donald Franklin Cadwallader.

    Thank you

  9. Tom Hodge says:

    I am looking for info about my grandfather who was with the 38th ID. I believe he was with the 152nd, but I’m not sure. His name is Leroy C. Hodge from Indianapolis, IN. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  10. Rich Ryczak says:

    I’m seeking information on Private Henry John Gushar, killed on Luzon May 14, 1945, according to his obit he served in the 152nd Regiment, 38th Division.

  11. Alfred Greenman says:

    Ginny Sandefur Sidlowski,

    I am looking for information on my great uncle, Michael Gambro. He was wounded in Zig Zag pass. He was a scout and assigned to the 38th Div. I do not know if he was with the 152 Reg or the 49th. He had mentioned Indiana guard. He was from CT. Any information would be appreciated.

  12. Susan smith says:

    I just found your website! I am researching on my Dad, Robert H. Smith – he was severely wounded at Woodpecker Ridge. I was hoping you might contact me with any information you might have on his service? He was a Purple Heart recipient and served with the 38th Infantry.

  13. Janet Tillman says:

    My father was Sgt. Gerald J. Tillman and fought with the 152nd battalion and 38th division and received 3 bronze stars. I have some information and pictures, but would appreciate any further info if it is available. Thank you, jt

  14. George Manning says:

    My father, Floyd NMI Manning, was a 30 cal water cooled machine gunner here too. He joined the Indiana Natioal Guard early in 1941. He finished his training on 7 Dec 1941. He trained in Hattiesburd Missippi, Florida and Oahu Hawaii. He was wounded by schrapnel and had Malaria. He was nominated for the bronze star, received the Purple Heart but was most proud of his Combat Infrantryman Badge.
    I grew up hearing many stories of these battles.
    Thank you for documenting these events!

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