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December 31, 2017

Various Certifications in Support of the Ibaan Regiment

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 page are various documents1 issued by different parties in support of the Ibaan Regiment’s application for official recognition by the United States Armed Forces.

[p. 1]

C E R T I F I C A T I O N

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

This certifies that Captain Quintin B. Hernandez, Regt’l S-2 of the Fil-Am. Bats. Guerrillas, Ibaan Regiment, has been very useful and efficient in his assignment while the 11th Counter Intelligence Corp Detach. (APO 468) was stationed at Ibaan, Batangas.

Capt. Hernandez has specially brought to this organization fifty pro-Japanese spies and Makapili suspects, which were duly investigated, and has found out with the valuable cooperation and assistance of Capt. Hernandez, six verified Pro-Japanese and spies and one Makapili.

Capt. Hernandez has been responsible for the early accomplishment of our mission in Ibaan municipality.

This is to certify further that while this organization was quartered at Ibaan, with the 188th Para-Glider Inf., Capt. Hernandez, has reported without delay the presence of scattered Japanese stragglers, thus preventing the surprise ambush of sniping on American soldiers, who at that time were enforcing road blocks, perimeters in said Ibaan municipality.

(SGD.) RENE E. DU BOIS
Special Agent in Charge

A TRUE COPY

[Sgd.] QUINTIN B. HERNANDEZ

[p. 2]

C E R T I F I C A T E

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 Corp Detachment (APO 468) 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 investigationof suspects and resulted in the early accomplishment of our mission in said city.

(SGD.) WALTER FRANCIS
Special Agent in Charge

A TRUE COPY:

QUINTIN B. HERNANDEZ

[p. 3]

This man, CAPTAIN JUAN ASA, Putingkahoy Sector, has saved and helped escape from the hands of the Japanese. He has given me food, clothing and protection during my stay within his guerrilla camp and has proved to me to be a very good friend.

(SGD.) LT. CLYDE MCONEIL
T-4339

A TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] JUAN ASA



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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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