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December 31, 2017

Request Letter from Rafael Loria for Official Recognition, March 1946

The Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT) was a large guerrilla organization that operated in the island of Luzon, including several towns in Batangas, during the Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands up to the country’s revolution. It had a unit in the town of Cuenca which would, however, not gain official recognition as an element of the Philippine Army in the service of the Army of the United States of America. In this document1, Rafael C. Loria, commanding officer of the “Cuenca Volunteers” unit of the FAIT, wrote a memo addresed to the Commanding General of the United States Armed Forces in the Western Pacific (AFWESPAC) requesting for official recognition.



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“CUENCA VOLUNTEERS”
Cuenca, Batangas
Under Straughn’s Fil-Americans

1369 Antipolo Street, Manila
14 March 1946

Subject

To
: Guerrilla Unit, Recognition of

: The Commanding General AFWESPAC, APO 707
Attention, Guerrilla Affairs Section

1. Request that the “CUENCA VOLUNTEERS,” under Straughn’s Fil-American Irregular Troops that operated in Cuenca, Batangas, during the Japanese occupation thru liberation be recognized by that office.

2. Attached is a copy of the roster and record of events, in duplicate to support this request.

[Sgd.] RAFAEL C. LORIA
Major, Inf
Commanding



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Notes and references:
1 “CUENCA VOLUNTEERS-FAIT” File No. 110-50, downloaded from PVAO.

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