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January 1, 2018

Letter to Pedro Pasia on Request for Revision of Recognition Dates, June 1948

The Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT) was a large guerrilla organization formed by the retired American officer Hugh Straughn. It had many units operating around Luzon, including Batangas. Among this was the Maculot Battalion which operated in the town of Cuenca, Batangas. The unit was among those that were officially recognized as elements of the Philippine Army in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States in the Western Pacific during World War II. In this document1, one Captain Walter K. Bigger of the Adjutant General’s Office of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command, wrote to Pedro Pasia of the Maculot Battalion to inform the latter of the non-favorable response of the US Army to a request for the revision of recognition dates.



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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND

GSCPU 091 PI APO 707

28 JUNE 1948

Mr. Pedro Pasia
Cuenca, Batangas
Philippines

Dear Mr. Pasia:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 13 June 1948, requesting further reconsideration of the Maculot Battalion with regard to revision of dates and forwarding papers in support of your request.

Pursuant to the policy of this headquarters to review the records of all recognized guerrilla units for possible revision of recognition dates, the records of this unit were restudied. A thorough and detailed examination of all supporting papers submitted by the unit and an exhaustive study of the history of the unit, together with a careful analysis of all other available information of the military activities of this unit from its inception, scrutinized in relation to the overall resistance movement, failed to justify the establishment of dates of recognition other than those previously published. As a result, the unit was not favorably considered for revision of recognition dates on 8 January 1948. A letter to this effect was dispatched to you at your present address.

An examination of the papers forwarded in your letter of 13 June 1948 fails to reveal sufficient material fails to reveal sufficient material to warrant further consideration of this unit. However, these papers will be placed in the unit file for record purposes.

Inasmuch as it is considered that this organization has received all the consideration that is warranted with regard to the revision of recognition dates, no further consideration being justified, it is desired to inform you that your letter of 8 January 1948 constitutes the final determination of and action upon the period of official recognition of the Maculot Battalion.

WALTER K. BIGGER
Capt. A.G.D.



Lt Col Wallace M Hanes:
Basic, ltr from Pedro Pasia to CO, PHILRYCOM dtd 13 June 48, requesting further consideration of the Maculot Battalion with regard to revision of recognition dates and forwarding papers in support of his request.

1st Lt George E Kemper

Concur: Capt E R Curtis, Chief, Unit Branch

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Notes and references:
1 MACULOT BATTALION FAIT, File No. 110-67, downloaded from PVAO.

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