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December 31, 2017

Organizational Scheme, Fil-American Irregular Troops Batangas, January 1944

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 1944 document document1 one Lt. Col. Daniel Mercado outlined the organizational scheme for the FAIT in Batangas.

FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
BATANGAS DIVISION
In the Field

10 Jan 44

MEMORANDUM:

To all unit commanders
Subject: ORGANIZATIONAL SCHEME

1. The province of Batangas is divided into four districts, and each district subdivided into three sectors each as follows:

District I is composed of the following: 1st Regt of Batangas; 5th of San Luis-Lemery-Taal-Calaca; and 9th of Mabini-Bauan-Alitagtag: [the following was handwritten] → J. M. Villanueva

District II is composed of 3rd Regt of San Juan-Laiya; 10th of Taysan-Rosario; 11th of Eastern Rosario-Lobo; [handwritten] → Farol

District III is composed of 4th Regt of Tanauan-Malvar-Sto. Tomas-Talisay; 12th of Lipa-Mataas-na-Kahoy; 2nd of Ibaan-San Jose-Cuenca;

District IV is composed of 6th of Tuy-Calatagan; 7th of Balayan; 8th of Nasugbu-Lian.

2. The following are temporarily assigned commanders of each district:

Dist. I – J. M. Villanueva; Dist. II – D.R. Mercado; Dist. III – Sixto Guerra; Dist. IV – Eugenio Francisco.

3. Each district Commander is responsible for the proper coordination of all sector units under him and insist on a regular organization of units and their proper training and require each sector commander to submit intelligence reports weekly direct to this Hq. They will submit a consolidated strength report every 15th of each month.

4. Contact with units other than those of this province will be ONLY thru this Hq., otherwise disciplinary action will be meted on offending persons.

DANIEL R. MERCADO
Lt. Col. FAIT, Batangas Cmdg.

OFFICIAL:

J.M. VILLANUEVA, Major, EXO



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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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