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January 6, 2018

Profiles of the Leading Officers of the Nasugbu FAIT

The Fil-American Irregular Troops or FAIT was a guerrilla organization founded in 1942 by the retired American Colonel Hugh Straughn, who would unfortunately be captured and executed by the Japanese. The FAIT had many units operating in Batangas, including Nasugbu, where its 1st Regiment would be attached to the 11th Airborne Division of the United States Army after the Nasugbu Landing of 31 January 1945. In this document1, educational and experience profiles are provided for leading officers of the Nasugbu FAIT, likely as requirements for processing by the United States Army.

The Regimental Staff with designated positions is provided as the first page of this document as an embedded PDF file that can be zoomed using the on board tool.

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EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND
EXPERIENCES OF LT. COL. JUAN
M. VILLEGAS
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1. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Sto. Tomas, Manila, 1928.

2. Completed the four years advance course R. O. T. C., University of the Philippines, 1926.

3. Passed the Board of Examinations in Civil Engineering, July, 1931.

4. Private Land Surveyor, June 1931.

5. Electrical Contractor, October 19, 1933.

Lt. Col. Juan M. Villegas engaged in the practice of his professions as Civil Engineer, Private Land Surveyor, and Electrical Contractor.

6. Supervising Engineer of the Philippine Army barracks under the Golden Engineering Corporation, 1935.

7. Civil Engineer of the USAFFE in the construction of army barracks in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, August 1941; afterwards appointed as Construction Engineer of the USAFFE in the construction of army barracks in Rosario, Batangas, up to the outbreak of the war on Dec. 8, 1941.

Lt. Col. Juan M. Villegas did not accept any employment under the Japanese Administration and the Philippine Puppet Republic, but instead engaged himself in guerrilla activities.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF
MAJOR GREGORIO C. PANGANIBAN, RGT’L EX-O

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1. Graduate in Surveying, University of the Philippines, 1933 [not sure, date typed over and unclear].

2. Complete two years of basic course, R. O. T. C., U. P.

3. Bachelor of Laws, University of Manila, 1939.

4. Passed the Bar Examinations, 1939.

5. Employed as Public Lands Inspector, Bureau of Lands, Manila, up to the outbreak of the war on Dec. 8, 1941.

6. Did not accept any employment under the Japanese Administration and under the Philippine Puppet Republic but engaged himself in guerrilla activities.

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EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
OF MAJOR LEON. S. LAGOS, REGIMENTAL S-1
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1. Sixth Grade graduate, Nasugbu Elementary School.

2. Labor Contractor of Roxas y Cia., Nasugbu, Batangas, before the war.

3. Vice Mayor-elect of Nasugbu, Batangas, during the 1941 general elections.

4. Did not serve under the Japanese Administration nor under the Philippine Puppet Republic but engaged himself in guerrilla activities.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIECES
OF MAJOR ENRIQUE B. UMALI, REGIMENTAL S-2
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1. Bachelor of Laws, Far Eastern University, 1940.

2. Passed the Bar Examinations, 1940.

3. Practicing Attorney before the war in Manila and later in Nasugbu, Batangas.

4. Did not accept any employment under the Japanese Administration nor under the Puppet Philippine Republic, but engaged himself in guerrilla activities.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
OF MAJOR JOSE M. RUSTIA, REGIMENTAL S-3
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1. Graduate of Surveying, Ateneo de Manila 1910.

2. Passed the Board Examinations for Surveyors, June 1931.

3. 1st Lieutenant, Philippine National Guard, 1918.

4. Practiced his profession as surveyor in Nasugbu, Batangas.

5. Did not accept any employment under the Japanese Administration nor under the Puppet Philippine Republic. He engaged himself in guerrilla activities until he was caught and beheaded in Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas, on January 13, 1945.



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EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
OF MAJ. JOSE SAMANIEGO, REGIMENTAL S-4
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1. Completed elementary education in Nasugbu Elementary School, Nasugbu, Batangas.

2. Proprietor and leaseholder of wide fishponds of Roxas y Cia., Nasugbu, Batangas.

3. Did not hold any employment under the Japanese Administration nor under the Puppet Philippine Republic, but engaged himself in guerrilla activities as S-4 of the First Regiment, Nasugbu Fil-American Irregular Troops.

All profiles signed [as truthful] by Lt. Col. Juan M. Villegas, Commanding Officer, First Regiment, Nasugbu FAIT.

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Notes and references:
1 “1st Regiment, Nasugbu, Fait” File No. 110-52, downloaded from PVAO.

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