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January 6, 2018

Memo Revising the Recognition Date of the Licopa Guerrilla Unit, July 1946

The Licopa Guerrilla Unit was a guerrilla outfit under the command of one Luis Licopa and operated out of Lemery, Batangas. In this document1, one Thomas Brown, an officer writing on behalf of the Commanding General of the United States Army in the Western Pacific, issued communications formally revising the recognition date for the Licopa Guerrilla Unit.

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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

APO 707
20 July 1946
SUBJECT

TO
: Revision of Recognition Date "Licopa Unit (Glint)"

: The Chief of Staff, Philippine Army, AP 75
   Army of the Philippines
   Camp Murphy, Quezon City
1. The unit listed below is recognized by the Commanding General, AFWESPAC, as having been an authorized element of the Philippine Army, inducted into the service of the Armed Forces of the United States on the date appearing in the column headed “Revised Recognition Date.”
Unit Present Recognition Date Revised Recognition Date
"Licopa Unit (Glint)" 9 Feb 1945 5 Oct 1944
2. The “Licopa Unit (Glint)” Lemery, Batangas, recognized by letter from Headquarters Sixth Army dated 23 April 1945, consisted of the below listed non-standard Philippine Army Unit.
UNIT STRENGTH
One Company 61
3. 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.

4. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 68 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.



5. It is requested that Luis H. Licopa, Panghulan, Lemery, Batangas, Commanding Officer of the “Licopa Unit (Glint)” be

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informed when the contents of paragraph 1, 2 and 3 have been complied with.

FOR THE COMMANDING GENERAL:


THOMAS J BROWN
CWO USA
Ass’t Adj Gen.

1 Incl:
Certified true copy of the recognized roster
“Licopa Unit (Glint)” strength officers 4 and
Enlisted Men 57



M/R

Lt. Col. Hugh L. Carnahan:

1. The “Licopa Unit (Glint)”, consisting of the Commanding Officer Luis H. Licopa and 60 men recognized by Headquarters Sixth Army as of 9 February 1945 letter dated 23 April 1945, has been favorably considered for revision of recognition date to 5 October 1944.

2. Vicente Umali, over-all commander of PQOG states that the “Licopa Unit (Glint)” was an active organization.

3. Basis for revision of recognition date:
a. Lt. Cmdr George F Rowe USNR, who arrived on Mindoro with an Intelligence Unit in July of 1944, states that Luis H. Licopa contacted him on about 5 October 1944. Rowe further states that Licopa and his men accomplished each mission successfully and that their work was of value to the intelligence mission and proved helpful to the liberation forces.
b. M/Sgt Gerald G. Berg USA, who was with Lt Cmdr Rowe in Mindoro, concurs in statements made by Rowe.
c. It is recommended that this revision be considered final action on the “Licopa Unit (Glint)” and that no further revision of the date of this unit be made at any future date.

2nd Lt. L. J. AUBUCHON, FA., 0-1185963

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

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