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January 6, 2018

Memo on the Granting of Recognition to the Licopa Guerrilla Unit

The Licopa Guerrilla Unit was a guerrilla outfit under the command of one Luis Licopa and operated out of Lemery, Batangas. In this document1, the United States Army officially grants recognition to the outfit as an element of the Philippine Army serving under the United States Army in World War II.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL


GSCPU 091 PI

APO 707
21 MAY 1947
SUBJECT

TO
: Recognition of Guerrilla Unit

: Chief of Staff
  Army of the Philippines
  Camp Murphy, Quezon City
1. The unit listed below is recognized by the Commanding General, Philippines-Ryukyus Command, as having been an authorized element of the Philippine Army, serving with the Armed Forces of the United States, from 5 October 1944 to 30 June 1945.
Unit Strength
Battalion Headquarters, 2nd Company, Licopa Guerrilla Unit (Glint) 139
2. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 21, by the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, dated 26 October 1944, the status of the members of this unit, during the period above specified, was that of officers and enlisted men of the Philippine Army.



3. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 21, by the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, dated 26 September 1945, all officers and enlisted men of this unit, other than those who are members of the Regular Force or the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army, will be considered as having been discharged from the Philippine Army as of 30 June 1945.

4. The period of recognition listed in paragraph 1 above, constitutes the entire determined period of active military service of this unit with the Armed Forces of the United States and reflects final study on revision of recognition dates.

FOR THE COMMANDING GENERAL:

R. E. CANTRELL
CAPTAIN, AGD
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL

1 Incl:
Roster of the Unit (In Dup.)

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Col. Gerald F. Lillard:

1. The Licopa Guerrilla Unit (Glint) (Bn Hq and 2nd Co), consisting of 139 officers and men, has been favorably considered for recognition, as having been an authorized element of the Philippine Army serving with the Armed Forces of the United States, from 5 Oct 44 to 30 Jun 45. 61 members have previously been recognized by the CG, Sixth Army. This is a consideration.



2. This unit satisfactorily fulfils the requirements of the five basic points for recognition. (See attached Team Leader’s Report)

3. No useful purpose will be accomplished by further investigation of this unit.

4. There are other members worthy of recognition except those on a separate casualty roster which has been submitted to the Casualty Section, with favorable recommendations.

5. Dates of recognition recommended include revision and no further revision is recommended or warranted.
[Sgd.] Lieut. R. D. de Rivera [Sgd.] Capt. S. C. Buchanan
1. Concur:


2. Concur:


3. Concur:
Major C H Wentzell
Chief, Unit Inv Sec

Mar D. C. Murray
Chief, Revision Sec

Lt Col S. J. Palos
Chief, Unit Branch

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Notes and references:
1 File Number 50, Licopa Unit (GLINT), downloaded from Philippine Veteran Association Office.

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