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December 31, 2017

Galicano Luansing’s Letter Requesting for Recognition by the US Army, March 1946

The Luansing Unit Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas were commanded by one Galicano Luansing and known loosely as the “Luansing’s Unit.” This guerrilla outfit was at one time or the other during the Japanese occupation affiliated with the Fil-American Irregular Troops and also the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas. By the time the Allied forces return to the Philippines, it was operating independently. This unit assisted the United States Army in campaigns against the Japanese forces from Balayan, Batangas Town, Lipa, Rosario and San Juan. In this document1, Luansing wrote to the Guerrilla Affairs Section of the AFWESPAC officially requesting recognition for the entire Luansing’s Unit, as opposed to merely those previously recognized as having been attached to the 11th Airborne Division of the United States Army.

Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas
(Luansing’s Unit)

15 March 46

Subject

To

: Recognition, Request for

: The Commanding General
   AFWESPAC, APO 707

Att: Guerrilla Affairs Section

1. Request that the entire unit of the Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas (Luansing’s Unit) be accorded recognition for services rendered prior to and during the liberation campaign in the province of Batangas.

2. Aside from the hereto attached supporting papers re- recognition, other original documents of this unit, when it still carried the banner of Fil-American Irregular Troops, under Col. Hugh Straughn, are now at the office of the Guerrilla Affairs Section, submitted by the Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas (Guerra’s Unit) which was originally also under my command, a fact which the former Overall Guerrilla Commander for the province of Batangas, as assigned by the 11th Airborne Division, Col. Quintin Gellidon, can testify [to].

3. Attached are supporting papers of attachment to various units of the American Forces that operated in the province of Batangas. Regarding connection with the headquarters of Maj. Jay D. Vanderpool, references can be made of Col. Eleuterio Adevoso, Commanding Officer of the ROTC HUNTERS, in which headquarters Maj. Jay D. Vanderpool worked prior to the landing in Luzon.

[Sgd.] GALICANO M. LUANSING JR. Lt. Col. Guer.
Commanding Officer

Enclosures:

Certified true copies of attachment
Roster
History and Activities
Casualty Report


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Notes and references:

1 “Luansing Unit, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas,” File No. 63, downloaded from PVAO.


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