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December 31, 2017

Letter to Sixto Guerra on the Non-Revision of Recognition Dates, June 1947

The Ibaan Regiment was one of many units of the Fil-American Irregular Troops, 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 February 1946 document document1 one Thomas Brown of the United States Army wrote to Guerra to inform him of the non-favorable decision on the latter’s request for the revision of his unit’s recognition dates.

HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI APO 707
12 JUN 1947

Mr. Sixto Guerra
Ibaan, Batangas
Philippines

Dear Mr. Guerra:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the Guerra Company, Ibaan Regiment, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas, a guerrilla unit under your nominal control, recognized by letter Headquarters Sixth Army, dated 6 June 1945, has not been favorably considered for revision of its present recognition date.

A thorough and detailed examination of all supporting papers submitted by your unit, together with a careful analysis of all other available information of the military activities of your unit from its inception, scrutinized in relation to the overall resistance movement, has failed to justify sufficiently the establishment of a date of recognition other than that presently published.

This letter constitutes the final determination of and action upon the period of official recognition of the Guerra Company, Ibaan Regiment, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas.

Sincerely,

THOMAS J. BROWN
CWO, USA

Col Gerald F. Lillard:

1. The Guerra Company, Ibaan Regt, consisting of 1300 men, recognized with a strength of 101, by ltr, Headquarters 6th Army AG 384, APO 442 dtd 6 June 1945, subject: Recognition of Guerrilla Units, to Commanding General USAFFE APO 501, has not been favorably considered for revision of present recognition dates.

2. This unit does not fulfill the requirements of the five basic points for recognition before the liberation. See attached report.

3. No useful purpose will be served by further investigations of this unit.

4. No casualty roster or individual casualty cases are on file in this headquarters.

[Sgd.] Lt. Bruce Bromley Jr.

Concur: Maj D. C. Murray
                  Chief, Revision Sec
Concur: Lt Col S. J. Palos
                  Chief, Unit Branch


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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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