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January 5, 2018

Memo, Location of Hunters-ROTC Guerrillas Command Posts

The Hunters/ROTC was a guerrilla group formed in 1942. Initially operating in Rizal Province, the group would also have a sizable presence in Batangas and would be instrumental in providing intelligence to the United States forces leading to the assault landing at Nasugbu on 31 January 1945.

More information about the group is available in this article → “Operations of the Hunters/ROTC Guerillas in Batangas Prior to the 1945 Nasugbu Landing in WWII.”

In the August 1944 document1 Hunters/ROTC Commander Terry Adevoso in a memo gives the Commander-in-Chief of the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) the locations of the command posts of his guerrilla organization. The document is edited her and there for grammar and spelling.

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THE HUNTERS or R. O. T. C. GUERRILLAS
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS
Luzon

24 August 1944
Subject:
To:
Location of Command Posts ROTC Guerrillas
The Commander-in-Chief, SWPA-USA
(Through Channels)
1. The following is a list of the important ROTC Guerrillas Command Posts and their approximate locations:

a-General Headquarters – situated somewhere in the interior of MASLA CREEK which is approximately halfway between SAN MARCELINO PT. and PRUEBA PT. along the old Tayabas2 Coast north of INFANTA TOWN. There are Outposts and Coast Watchers one hundred meters north and one hundred meters sof the mouth of MASLA CREEK. A clearing station is situated along the ANIBONGAN CREEK, a little south of SAN MARCELINO PT.

b-CP 44th DIVISION – situated somewhere near the trail between the BOSOBOSO VALLEY and BARRIO STA INES in the mountains of ANTIPOLO, RIZAL PROVINCE.

c-CP 44th Inf – situated in BOSOBOSO VALLEY.

d-CP 45th Inf – situated near a promontory by the China Sea almost equidistant from MARAGONDON TOWN, CAVITE PROVINCE and NASUGBU TOWN, BATANGAS PROVINCE.

e-46th Inf CP – situated in BARRIO SAN ANTONIO, LONGOS TOWN, LAGUNA PROVINCE.



f-CP 44th FA – situated between BARRIO LABAYAT and MAGASAWANG ROCK of the old Tayabas Shoreline near LAMON BAY.

2. The following are the contemplated locations for Command Posts of the Regimental Executive Officers who are, aside from their regular functions, as such also acting as 1st Bn Commanders:

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a-CP Executive Officer 44th Inf. – in the fields of PARAÑAQUE TOWN, at the neck of land between the LAGUNA BAY and MANILA BAY.

b-CP Executive Officer 45th Inf – to be at MT. LOBO near the seashore, Southern BATANGAS PROVINCE.

c-CP Executive Officer 46th Inf – to be between PAGBILAO TOWN and PADRE BURGOS TOWN, TAYABAS PROVINCE.

d-CP Extv Officer 44th FA – Polillio Island.

3. The locations of all the above-named Command Posts may be changed from time to time depending upon the activities of the enemy in these vicinities.

4. The General Headquarters, ROTC Guerrillas will, as much as practicable, remain anywhere between SAN MARCELINO PT. and PRUEBA PT. The CP 44th FA will likewise, as much as practicable, remain anywhere between INFANTA TOWN and MAUBAN TOWN near the seacoast.

5. [The] Command Posts of organizations outside of the Southern Luzon Area are much less permanent in location than those of the units within Southern Luzon.

/s/Eleuterio L. Adevoso
/t/ELEUTERIO L. ADEVOSO
Class of 1944 PMA
Commanding

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Notes and references:
1 Box 246, Entry 1087, Philippine Archive Collection, Record Group 407, (US) National Archives. Online at the Philippine Veterans Association Office.
2 Tayabas is presently the Province of “Quezon,” Wikipedia.

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