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January 1, 2018

Response from General MacArthur’s Office to Emilio Macabuag’s Letter, Oct 1946

The Major Phillips Unit was a guerrilla unit that was founded and operated in or around western Batangas town of Calatagan. It was commanded by one Emilio Macabuag and took its name from a United States Army intelligence officer from whom the guerrilla outfit took directions until the latter was caught and killed by the Japanese. In this document1, one Col. John Cooley from the Adjutant’s Office of General Douglas MacArthur’s Command in Tokyo, Japan responded to Macabuag’s communication asking for reconsideration.



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APO 500,
26 October 1946.

Mr. Emilio Macabuag,
Calatagan, Batangas,
Philippine Islands.

Dear Mr. Macabuag:

Your letter of 6 October 1946 addressed to General MacArthur, regarding recognition of the guerrilla unit “Major Phillips Unit,” has been referred to me for reply.

The Secretary of War has authorized the Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific, to make determination of the status of personnel in the Philippine Islands during the period of the Japanese occupation.

In order that your case may be given every consideration, I am transmitting your letter and its inclosures to the Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific, for appropriate action with the request that he inform you regarding the final outcome in the matter.

You may be assured that every consideration consistent with law and the regulations will be given your request, and any further day or inquiry should be sent direct to the above mentioned official, as the transmission of communications through General Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Pacific, will only result in unnecessary delay.

Yours sincerely,



JOHN B. COOLEY
Colonel, AGD
Adjutant General.



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Notes and references:
1 “MAJOR PHILLIPPS UNIT,” File No. 83, downloaded from PVAO.

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