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December 31, 2017

Guerra's Letter Requesting for Approval of Guerrilla Roster, January 1946

The Ibaan Regiment was one of many units of the Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT), a large guerrilla group founded by the former US Army officer Hugh Straughn, that was operating in Batangas during the Japanese Occupation. It was commanded by one Sixto Guerra. In this January 1946 document document1 Guerra wrote to the Commanding General of the United States Armed Forces in the Western Pacific, through channels, requesting for the approval of a submitted guerrilla roster. Also included are certifications attached as enclosures to the letter of request.

[p. 1]

IBAAN REGIMENT
FIL-AMERICAN BATANGAS GUERRILLAS

14 January 46

SUBJECT
TO
: Approval of Roster of Guerrilla Unit, Request for
: Commanding General, AFWESPAC, APO 707
   (Attention: Guerrilla Affairs Section)

1. Request approval of the attached roster of the IBAAN REGIMENT, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas, consisting of seventy-five (75) officers and 1,363 enlisted men.

2. In support of this request, the following are enclosed:

(a) Copies of certificates issued by:

1. The Executive Officer, 188th PG Infantry, 11th Airborne Division;
2. Capt. Maxford Canary of the 127 AEBn;
3. The Agent-in-charge, 11th CIC Detachment;

(b) History of this unit and a summarized report of its activities;

(c) Original documents of organization; and

(d) Organization chart.

3. For more particulars regarding this guerrilla unit, reference may be made to Lt. Iluminado R. Medrano, Executive Officer and Adjutant, who is now on duty with the Adjudication Section, PA Branch, RPD, AFWESPAC.

[Sgd.] SIXTO M. GUERRA
Lt. Col. (Grla) Inf.
Commanding

Enclosures: As stated above.

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C E R T I F I C A T I O N

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

1. This certifies that Captain Quintin B. Hernandez, S-2 of the IBAAN REGIMENT (Batangas Guerrillas) and 1st Lt. Rufino Montalbo, Assistant S-2, had been working with the 11th Counter Intelligence Corps detachment (APO 458) during its stay at Ibaan, Batangas

2. This is also to certify that the IBAAN REGIMENT as a whole cooperated with this organization in apprehending spies, makapilis and pro-Japanese and in taking custody of the same. Their services have greatly facilitated the speedy investigation of suspects and resulted in the early accomplishment of our mission in said city.

(SGD) WALTER FRANCIS
Special Agent
In Charge

A TRUE COPY

[Sgd.] QUINTIN B. HERNANDEZ
Capt. (Grla.) Inf.
Regt’l S-2

[p. 3]

HEADQUARTERS 188TH PARA-GLIDER INFANTRY
APO 468

28 April 1945

To whom It May Concern:

1. This certifies that the members of the Ibaan Regiment (Batangas Guerrillas) listed herein under Lt. Col. Sixto M. Guerra, has been attached to this unit during its operation in the Batangas Area, from March 18 to April 25, 1945. This guerrilla unit did active patrolling, enforced road blocks, guarded perimeters and participated in campaigns against the Japanese in Lapo-lapo and Sto. Niño. It has also been of great help in maintaining peace and order in and around Ibaan, Batangas.

/s/ Mortimer J. Okane
/t/ MORTIMER J. OKANE
Lt. Col. Inf.

CERTIFIED TRUE AND CORRECT:

SIXTO M. GUERRA
Captain INF (PA)
ASN-042030

[p. 4]

29 April 1945

This certifies that the members of the Ibaan Regiment (Batangas Guerrillas) listed herein under the command of Lt Col Sixto M. Guerra, having been attached to the 188th Para-Glider Infantry during its operation in the Batangas Area, from March 18 to April 25, 1945, operated with Company “A” 127th Abn Engr. Bn. in construction of bypasses, roads and bridges, security guides for reconnaissance units; fords and bypasses, and guards for bridges. This unit also held the town of Ibaan from the Japanese and prevented destruction of the town prior to the arrival of American troops.

/s/ Manford M. Canary
/t/ Manford M. Canary
Capt. 127th Abn Engr Bn
Commanding, Co “A”

CERTIFIED TRUE AND CORRECT:

SIXTO M. GUERRA
Captain Inf (PA)
ASN-042030



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Notes and references:

1 “Ibaan Rgt Fil-Amer Batangas Guerrillas FAIT,” File No. 110-6, downloaded from PVAO.


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