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January 6, 2018

Response to Luis Licopa's Letter Requesting Reconsideration of Decision on Non-Recognition

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 J. Brown wrote to Luis Licopa telling the latter of the United States Army’s acceptance of his letter requesting reconsideration of an earlier unfavorable decision to not recognize the Licopa Guerrilla Unit.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL
APO 707

GSCPU 091 PI/1720 FW

15 JAN 1947
Mr. Luis H. Licopa
Lemery, Batangas
P. I.

Dear Mr. Licopa:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 15 October 1946, in which you request reconsideration of the unfavorable decision rendered by this headquarters on 20 July 1946 with regards to the recognition of the Licopa Unit (Glint).



It is the desire of this headquarters to avoid all appearance of arbitrary decisions in the case of claimant guerrilla units. Your request for reconsideration is therefore accepted. It must be emphasized, however, that it would be extremely helpful if you were to forward as quickly as possible such additional pertinent documentary evidence as has not been submitted previously and which, you feel, reflects favorably upon your claim. These additional data should be original documents, or photostatic copies of the original documents, or true copies of the original documents certified to by United States Army officers of field grade on duty with the Guerrilla Affairs Branch, G-3 Section of this headquarters.

Your request for reconsideration will be placed on file in this headquarters to await appropriate action at the earliest practicable time. You must appreciate that hundreds of claimant guerrilla units are now being initially investigated, and that review of rejected units must necessarily follow them. It is therefore suggested that you defer further inquiry into the status of your reconsideration for at least four months from the date of receipt of this letter, inasmuch as frequent inquiries are neither necessary nor desirable because of the time consumed in superfluous correspondence.



Sincerely yours,



THOMAS J. BROWN
CWO, USA
ASST ADJ GEN

M/R

COLONEL G F LILLARD:

Basic ltr from Mr. Luis H. Licopa, Lemery, Batangas, P. I., to CG, AFWESPAC, dtd 15 October 1945, “Reconsideration for Recognition,” requesting reconsideration of the unfavorable decision rendered by this hq on 20 July 1945 with regards to the recgn of the “Licopa Unit (Glint).”

Lt. H. M. Burnett

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

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