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H. M. Ferguson - Kentucky 38th Vol. Infantry (Read 1842 times)
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H. M. Ferguson - Kentucky 38th Vol. Infantry
Dec 04th, 2006, 2:50pm
 
Does anyone have any info related to the name Henry March Ferguson or the 38th Infantry Division Kentucky that they would mind sharing? Perhaps where to look for info on this?

Or am I completely on the wrong site for searching for this?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: H. M. Ferguson - Kentucky 38th Vol. Infantry
Reply #1 - Dec 4th, 2006, 5:33pm
 
I believe you are on the wrong site.  Certainly this was not a Philippine Scout unit and I've found no reference to a Kentucky 38th Volunteer Infantry assigned to the Philippines.  

However, there was a 38th Infantry Division made up of National Guard units from West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky, which helped liberate the Philippines in the latter stages of WWII.  The following is taken from a Wikipedia citation:

"The 38th Infantry Division arrived in Hawaii on 17 January 1944. It received further training and the duty of the defense of Oahu. Elements trained in the Oro Bay area, New Guinea, from July to November; then moved to Leyte in December. Enemy paratroops attempted to capture the Buri, Bayug, and San Pablo strips on 6 December. The 149th Infantry Regiment destroyed organized resistance, 11 December, and defended the strips until relieved, 4 January 1945. The Division landed in the San Narciso area in Southern Zambales Province, Luzon, 29 January 1945, without opposition. The San Marcelino airstrip was secured on the same day and the port facilities at Olongapo were captured on the 30th as well as Grande Island in Subic Bay after an amphibious landing. Driving west of Olongapo the 38th destroyed an intricate maze of enemy fortifications in Zig-Zag Pass. While elements landed at Mariveles on the southern tip of the peninsula, 15 February, other units pushed down the east coast road to Pilar and across the neck of land to Bagac along the route of the March of Death. The Bataan Peninsula was secured on 21 February, although mopping-up activities remained.

"Elements moved to Corregidor, 24 February, to clear the enemy from the Rock. Units assaulted and captured Caballo Island, 27 March, Fort Drum on El Fraile Island, 13 April, and Carabao Island, 16 April. The 38th engaged enemy forces in the mountainous terrain between Fort Stotsenburg and Mount Pinatubo, 10 March. Elements pushed north from San Felipe to Palauig Bay and east from Botolan along the Capas Trail cutting the enemy's withdrawal route. The Division moved to the area east of Manila, 1 May, and attacked enemy forces behind the Shimbu Line. By 30 June effective enemy opposition had been broken. The 38th continued mopping up enemy remnants in the Marikina area of eastern Luzon until VJ Day."

As this was not a Philippine Scout unit, we are unable to provide further information.  Perhaps someone visiting our message board will be able to supply something further.

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Re: H. M. Ferguson - Kentucky 38th Vol. Infantry
Reply #2 - Dec 4th, 2006, 5:42pm
 
Thank you very much for your detailed reply. Sorry for the intrusion.
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