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January 6, 2018

Revision of Recognition Date for the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit May 47

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 May 1947 document1, Major John Sparks of the Adjutant General’s Office of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command informed the Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army of the revision of date for the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit.

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APO 707
5 MAY 1947



: Revision of Recognition Date, Gagalac Guerrilla Unit

: Chief of Staff
Army of the Philippines
Camp Murphy, Quezon City
1. The unit listed below is recognized by the Commanding General, Philippines-Ryukyus Command, as having become an authorized element of the Philippine Army serving with the Armed Forces of the United States on the date appearing in the column headed “Revised Recognition Date.”
Gagalac Guerrilla Unit
Present Recognition Date
8 March 1945
Revised Recognition Date
5 October 1944
2. The Gagalac Guerrilla Unit, as recognized by letter from USAFFE FECG 370.64, dated 30 May 1945, was designated as follows:
1st Company, Gagalac Guerrillas
3. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 21, by the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, dated 26 October 1944, the status of the members of this unit during the period above specified was that of officers and enlisted men of the Philippine Army.

4. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 68, by the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, dated 26 September 1945, all officers and enlisted men of this unit, other than those who are members of the Regular Force or the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army, will be considered as having been discharged from the Philippine Army as of 9 February 1946 unless previously discharged.

5. This letter supersedes all previous communications relative to the recognition of the subject unit. It further constitutes the final determination of and action upon its period of official recognition.

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6. It is requested that Filomeno Gagalac, Lemery, Batangas, Commanding Officer of the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit, be informed when the contents of paragraphs 1, 3 and 5 have been completed.



1 Incl
Unit Roster (In Dup)

Col Gerald F. Lillard:

1. The 1st Company, Gagalac Guerrilla Unit, consisting of 136 officers and men, recognized by letter of USAFFE, FECG 370.64, dated 30 May 1945, has been favorably considered for revision of dates. Date is set back from 8 March 1945 to 5 October 1944.

2. No useful purpose will be accomplished by further consideration of revision of dates.

3. All personnel except those of Regular Force or Reserve Force of PA considered discharged from PA as of 9 February 1946 unless previously discharged.

4. A casualty roster has been submitted to the Casualty Section.

(Sgd) Maj Vincent K Coates
1. Concur:

2. Concur:

3. Concur:
Major C H Wentzell
Chief, Unit Investigation Sec

Mar D C Murray
Chief, Revision Sec

Lt Col S J Palos
Chief, Unit Branch

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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.

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