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January 5, 2018

Instructions to the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit from their US Army Contacts

The Gagalac Guerrilla Group was one of the groups operating in Batangas that was given official recognition by the United States Army after World War II. In this series of documents are instructions conveyed to guerrillas, including the Gagalac Unit, by their contacts within the US Army, included as an enclosure/attachment to an appeal for recognition by the United States Army.

[p. 1]

EXHIBIT “F”

6 Feb 1945

COL. LICOPA –

The Japs are reported 20 strong in Mayasang. We need them wiped out here. I am issuing an attack order to you to attack that group at Mayasang as soon as you can get what rifle and pistols you have together.

Supporting you in the attack will be Gagalac, attacking from Calaca sector, and Col. Ilagan of the Canluran from Lemery. You will attack from the South, Gagalac from the West and Ilagan from the West.

Attack the morning of February 8th, Gagalac and Ilagan are getting their orders to attack with you. (Italics, ours2)

Good luck, and get those Japs out of there.

(Sgd) Capt C. N. SCHOMMERS
U. S. Task Forces

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] FILOMENO GAGALAC



[p. 2]

EXHIBIT “G”

5 Feb 1945

GAGALAC:

1. You will patrol from Calaca to Balayan and protect Calaca.

2. Licopa will patrol from Calaca to Lemery and protect Lemery.

3. Rillo will patrol from Balayan to Calatagan and protect Sampiro.

(SGD) VANDERPOOL
Maj GSC
Guerrilla Commander

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] FILOMENO GAGALAC



[p. 3]

2 Feb 1945

GAGALAC:

1. You will patrol the area Calaca to Balayan and attack all enemy forces encountered.

2. Report progress every 12 hours.

3. Send a Liaison Officer here at Nasugbu Guerrilla Headquarters immediately.

4. You will have five (5) horses at Calaca for Pony express.

5. Contact Rillo at Balayan by Pony Express.



(Sgd) J. D. VANDERPOOL
Major, Grla Staff O
Guerrilla Commander

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] FILOMENO GAGALAC

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Notes and references:
1 File Number 278, United States National Archives, downloaded from page Gagalac Guerrilla Unit, Philippine Veteran Association Office.
2 “Italics” should be “underline.”

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