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January 6, 2018

Letter Informing Tuy-FAIT of Non-Recognition by the US Army, April 1947

The Fil-American Irregular Troops, otherwise known simply as FAIT, was founded by the retired US Army Colonel Hugh Straughn and was made up of US Army soldiers and Filipinos who refused to surrender to the Japanese in 1942. Although primarily operating in Rizal Province, the guerrilla outfit also operated in Batangas, including the town of Tuy. In this 1947 document1, Assistant Adjutant General Thomas J. Brown informed Vicente Atienza, Tuy-FAIT representative, that the unit was not favorably considered for recognition by the United States Army.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI

12 APR 1947

Mr. Vicente A. Atienza
c/o Central Don Pedro
Nasugbu, Batangas
Philippines



Dear Mr. Atienza:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 28 February 1947, in which you request information as to the status of the Tuguigui-Tuy, Batangas Unit, carried in our files as the Tuy Unit, FAIT.

After a thorough study of the organization, the Tuy Unit, FAIT, was not favorably considered for recognition by this headquarters on 28 June 1946. Mr. Vicente Calingasan, the commanding officer, was told of this fact that that time by letter, although you do not seem to have received this information.

It is regretted that this reply cannot be more favorable.

Sincerely,

THOMAS J. BROWN
CWO, USA
ASST ADJ GEN



Colonel G. F. Lillard:

Basic, ltr from Vicente A. Atienza to CG, PHILRYCOM, dtd 28 February 1947, requesting status of the Tuguigui-Tuy, Batangas Unit, carried in our files as the Tuy Unit, FAIT.

1st Lt George E. Kemper

Concur:

Major C. H. Wentnell
Actg Chief, Unit Branch
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Notes and references:
1 File Number 110-63, Tuy Unit FAIT, United States National Archives, downloaded from Philippine Veteran Association Office.

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