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January 5, 2018

Request for Recognition of Gagalac Guerrilla Casualties and Casualty Rosters

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 July 1947 document1, Gagalac Guerrilla Unit Executive Officer Lazaro Malabanan submits to the Commanding General of the Philippin-Ryukyus Command casualty rosters for his guerrilla unit as well as their official recognition by the United States Army.

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28 July 47

The Commanding General
PHILRYCOM2
APO 707

Attention: Director, Guerrilla Affairs
Division, G-3

S i r:

The undersigned, formerly Executive Officer of the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit, hereby requests that the attached casualty rosters of the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit be recognized.

All personnel carried on the attached casualty rosters had been inducted into the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit and were in line of duty status at the time they entered the casualty status.

I hereby state under my official oath that the list is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and is based on the most reliable information.

[Sgd.] LAZARO MALABANAN
Executive Officer
GAGALAC GUERRILLA UNIT

[Enclosure 1.]

HEADQUARTERS
GAGALAC GUERRILLA UNIT
Lemery, Batangas.

UNIT’S CASUALTIES

25 Sept. 1944

a. Killed in action at Barrio Mayasang, Lemery, Bats.
1. Pvt. Ricardo Ortega

5 Jan. 1945

a. Wounded in action at Mayasang encounter.
1. 2nd Lt. Pedro de Sagun
2. Sgt. Ireneo Par
3. Pvt. Candido Carsutcho

b. Killed in action
1. Captain Simplicio Mercado
2. Sergeant Herminio Blay

5 Feb. 1945

a. Wounded in Action at Bayuyungan encounter.
1. Pvt. Eufronio Austria
2. 2nd Lt. Ramong Sangalang

16 March 1945

a. Killed in line of duty at Sinisian Headquarters
1. 1st Lt. Hermohenes de Castro

20 March 1945

a. Wounded in action at Bayuyungan
1. Sgt. Dominador Villalobos

25 March 1945
a. Killed in action at Sitio Sandig, Bayuyungan, Talisay.
1. 1st Lt. Filomeno Mendoza
2. Sgt. Antonio Martinez

28 March 1945

a. Sick of pneumonia while on duty Calaca and Balayan.
1. 1st Lt. Candido C. Enriquez

22 July 1945

a. Wounded in action at Barrio Malusak, Tuy, Bats.
1. 2nd Lt. Antonino Catapat

1-8 October 1945

a. Killed in action at Sitio Barigon, Lemery, Bats.
1. Pvt. Leodegario Manalo
2. Pvt. Martiniano de Villa

CERTIFIED CORRECT

FILOMENO GAGALAC



[Enclosure 2.]



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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 PHILRYCOM is short for the Philippines-Ryukyus Command.

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