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January 6, 2018

Summation of Japanese Casualties and Captured by the Gagalac Guerrilla Unit

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 undated document1, certified correct by Gagalac Guerrilla Unit Commander Filomeno Gagalac, lists of Japanese casualties during the war as well as those captured by the unit are provided as an enclosure/attachment to an appeal for official recognition by the United States Army. The document is edited here in and there for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

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1. Ambush [of] a patrol of Japanese [soldiers] in Mayasang: Five (5) Japanese killed.

2. Bayungan encounter: Unidentified number of Japanese killed.

3. Second Mayasang encounter: Three (3) Japanese killed; Two (2) Japanese wounded.

4. First Dacanlao encounter: Three Japanese killed.

5. Second Dacanlao encounter: Five (5) Japanese killed.

6. Balimbing encounter: Eight (8) Japanese killed.

7. Patrol skirmish in Mayasang: One (1) Japanese killed.

8. Patrol skirmish in Pantay: One (1) Japanese killed.

9. Patrol skirmish in Alasas: Two Japanese killed.

10. Calaca and Casuyan encounter: Four (4) Japanese killed.

11. Patrol activity in Foltero: One (1) Japanese killed.

12. Encounter in Barrio Bayabasan, municipality of Nasugbu: Fifty (50) Japanese killed.

13. Bayungan encounter: Three (3) Japanese killed.

14. Boso-boso encounter: Unidentified number of Japanese killed.

15. Paliparan skirmish: Two Japanese killed.

16. Malusac encounter: Twenty-nine (29) Japanese killed.

17. Mopping up operations in Batulao: Twenty-seven (27) Japanese killed.

Prisoners of war captured and
turned over to the United
States Army

1. Japanese soldier
Ryoeichi Higa (Japanese interpreter)

2. Ganaps
Pablo Elasige
Igmidio Masikat
Santiago Piamonte
Marcianito Rodriguez

Note: The word “Ganap” refers to any person who was a member of a pro-Japanese organization headed and organized by the well-known pro-Japanese Benigno Ramos.



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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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