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December 31, 2017

US Army Letter Acknowledging Guerra's Request for Reconsideration, April 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 April 1947 document document1 Thomas Brown of the US Army’s Adjutant General’s Office wrote to Guerra to acknowledge receipt of an earlier letter requesting for reconsideration of a failed application to obtain US Army recognition for the Ibaan Regiment.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI APO 707
30 Apr 1947

Captain Sixto M Guerra
Ibaan, Batangas
Philippines

Dear Captain Guerra:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 31 March 1947, in which you request reconsideration of the unfavorable decision rendered by this headquarters on 9 July 1946 with regard to the recognition of the Fil-American Irregular Troops, Ibaan Regiment.

It is the desire of this headquarters to avoid all appearance of arbitrary decisions in the case of claimant guerrilla units. Your request for reconsideration is, therefore, accepted. It must be emphasized, however, that it would be extremely helpful if you were to forward as quickly as possible such additional pertinent documentary evidence as has not been submitted previously and which, you feel, reflects favorably upon your claim. These additional data should be original documents, or photostatic copies of the original documents, or true copies of the original documents, certified to by United States Army officers of field grade on duty with the Guerrilla Affairs Division, G-3 Section of this headquarters.

Your request for reconsideration will be placed on file in this headquarters to await appropriate action at the earliest practicable time. However, a considerable delay is to be expected before [a] final decision can be rendered on your organization since over two hundred claimant guerrilla units remain to be investigated initially and review of rejected units must necessarily follow them.

Sincerely,

THOMAS J. BROWN
CWO, USA
ASST Adj Gen

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Col Gerald F Lillard:

Basic, ltr fr Captain Sixto M Guerra to CG, PHILRYCOM, dtd 31 March 47, requesting reconsiderationof the Fil-American Irregular Troops, Ibaan Regiment.

1st Lt George E Kemper

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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