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January 6, 2018

Letter from Mariano Cabarrubia to Jay Vanderpool Aug 47

The Rainbow Regiment was a guerrilla organization founded by patriotic citizens from western Batangas. To learn more about the group, please refer to this article on Batangas History, Culture and Folklore. In this document1, Mariano Cabarrubia of the Rainbow Regiment wrote to Jay D. Vanderpool asking for assistance regarding claims for arrears in pay for members of the guerrilla group.

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Nasugbu, Batangas, P.I.
27 August 1947

Lt. Col. Jay D. Vanderpool
2304 40th Street NW
Washington D. C., U. S. A.

Dear Sir:

You will doubtless remember me as the leader of one of the guerrilla units you have inducted into the 11th Airborne Division that landed at Nasugbu, Batangas on 31 January 1945. I was the Commanding Officer of the Rainbow Regiment, Malakas Division, AUSA. My combat battalion was recognized on 21 February 1945 under no limiting date.



I addressed this letter to you in order to ask for your help in establishing our claims for arrears in pay. The Guerrilla Affairs Division of PHILRYCOM advised me to write a letter to you and ask for your help in identifying my unit. Our men in the Combat battalion, the same men that underwent hardships and privations in fighting the Japanese during the Japanese occupation are anxiously looking forward to the day when America will favorably consider our case. On your shoulders, Sir, lie the hope which will mean so much in our lives. It will bring rehabilitation and amelioration to our present deplorable living conditions. These men fought and risked their lives out of loyalty to America and they believe firmly in the American sense of justice and generosity.

I hope you will not fail us, Sir, and extend to us the same help you gave our brother unit, the Golden Regiment, Malakas Division. I know you will surely understand our situation. No one else could understand the guerrillas better than you because you have lived the life of one while you were engaged in your delicate and dangerous mission in the Philippines.

I am enclosing a copy of the history of our organization and the activities from its inception until the date of processing.

Permit me to extend to you our best wishes and regard and the greeting to a comrade in arm “MABUHAY.”

Very sincerely yours,

s/ Mariano H. Cabarrubia
t/ MARIANO H. CABARRUBIA ASN 0-70940
Colonel Infantry (Guerrilla)
CO Rainbow Regiment & Rainbow
Combat Bn, Malakas Division AUSA



Enclosures:

1 copy Organizational History and Activities
of the Rainbow Regiment and Combat Battalion
Incl #1

Ltr to CG Philrycom

Basic from Cabarrubia, Grla Col.
A TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] RICHARD KYLE
Chief, Statistics Branch
Records and Fiscal Division.

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Notes and references:
1 Box 258, Entry 1094, Philippine Archive Collection, Record Groupo 407, United States National Archives, downloaded from Philippine Veteran Association Office.

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