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December 30, 2017

US Army Letter Informing del Pilar of MFAT Recognition by Composite Roster, December 1947

The 1st Battalion, “B” Company, Batangueño Unit was a guerrilla organization affiliated with the MFAT or Marking’s Fil-Americans Troops. The latter was a larger organization operating in Luzon commanded by one Marcos Agustin, hence the nickname “Marking.” This organization absorbed elements of Hugh Straughn’s Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT) after the American commander was captured and executed by the Japanese Army. Hence, the name “Marking’s Fil-Americans.” The Batangueño Unit was commanded by one Captain Paulino Galicia (guerrilla rank) and operated out of Pantay, Tanauan. In this document1, one Captain R. E. Cantrell of the US army’s Philippines-Ryukyus Command wrote to a Mr. Fidel del Pilar of the Batangueño Unit to inform that latter of recognition of MFAT guerrillas by way of a composite roster issued by the organization’s headquarters.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 / 2482 APO 707
16 DEC 1947

Mr. Fidel del Pilar
Tanauan, Batangas
Philippines

Dear Mr. del Pilar:

The Commanding General directs that you be informed that final consideration has been given to the claim for guerrilla recognition of your organization, Batangueño Unit, an element of the overall command of Marking’s Fil-American Troops (MFAT).

Subsequent to a protracted study of the records of this overall command, it was determined that any favorable consideration, either in full or in part, of claims for recognition of units under the direct control of the MFAT would be accorded in the form of a composite roster.

On 2 October 1947, Mr. Marking V. Agustin, the overall commander of MFAT, submitted a composite roster to this headquarters for approval. With the exception of fifty-five (55) necessary deletions by this headquarters plus the correction by the I Corps Commander of one hundred one (101) officer grades improperly listed on the II Corps and GHQ quota, the roster as submitted by Mr. Agustin has been approved in its entirety. Your unit, as a subordinate element of MFAT under its direct control, was given just and adequate consideration during the preparation of this composite roster. The degree of favorable consideration taken by this headquarters on the request for recognition of your unit may be determined by the number of names of personnel from your unit appearing on this composite roster. Unfavorable consideration of your unit’s request for recognition will be evidenced by the exclusion of your personnel from this composite roster.

The approval by this headquarters of this composite roster, representing all units under the direct control of MFAT, constitutes the final and conclusive action upon the claim for recognition of all units considered in the recognition study of this composite roster. All queries relative to the above action and/or incident to guerrilla recognition matters concerning your unit should be addressed to your overall commanding officer Mr. Marking V. Agustin.

Sincerely,

R. E. CANTRELL
CAPTAIN, AGD
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL

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Lt Col Wallace M Hanes:

1. It is recommended that the attached letter be dispatched to Mr. Fidel del Pilar, Commanding Officer, Batangueño Unit, informing him of the recognition status of his unit as determined by the action taken on the composite roster of Marking’s Fil-American Troops. Recognition by this headquarters of this roster constitutes the final determination of and action upon sixty-six (66) subordinate units of Marking’s Fil-American Guerrillas of which this unit is a part.

2. A Casualty roster has been submitted and is being investigated at the present time.

PETE C. BREAZ
1st Lt., Inf

Concur: Capt E R Curtis, Chief, Unit Branch

Concur: Maj R V Sloan, Chief, Individual Branch



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Notes and references:

1 “Batangueño Unit, MFA,” File No. 109-13, online at the United States National Archives.


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