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January 7, 2018

Letter from Captain Cantrell Informing the Geronimo Division of Non-Recognition, Feb 1948

The Geronimo Division was a guerrilla outfit operating out of the then-town of Lipa. Its request for official recognition was subsequently denied by the United States Army. In this document1, one Captain R. E. Cantrell of the US Army wrote to on Mr. Vicente Virrey, presumably of the Geronimo Division, to inform him that the Geronimo Division would not get the recognition it sought.

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GSCPU 091 PI APO 707
10 FEB 1948

Mr. Vicente Virrey
Lipa, Batangas

Dear Mr. Virrey:

Receipt is acknowledged of your letter, dated 27 March 1947, requesting reconsideration of the claim for guerrilla recognition of the 4th Battalion, 153rd Infantry, General Geronimo Division, MMD, ECLGA.

The request for recognition of this organization was not favorably considered by this headquarters on 29 November 1946. After extensive investigation and full consideration of all the substantiating evidence submitted by this unit and an analysis of all other available information of the military activities of the organization from its inception, scrutinized in relation to the overall resistance movement, it was determined that the organization failed to fulfill the requirements of our constant guerrilla recognition criterion used in the consideration of claimant guerrilla units.

In view of your request for reconsideration, a thorough review has been made of all the information on which the original decision of non-recognition was based, together with a detailed examination of all the additional evidence submitted with your letter of 27 March 1947. Inasmuch as this study has failed definitely to reveal any material which would justify additional consideration of this organization, it is considered that no useful purpose would be served by any further investigation.

Therefore, it is necessary to inform you that your request for reconsideration cannot be accepted. This decision constitutes the final determination of and action upon the claim for recognition of the 4th Battalion, 143rd Infantry, General Geronimo Division, MMD, ECLGA.

The additional papers submitted with your letter of 27 March 1947 will be placed in the unit file for record purposes.


Capt. AGD
Asst. Adj. Gen.

Lt Col Wallace M. Hanes:

Basic, ltr from Vicente Virrey dtd 27 March 47, requesting reconsideration of the claim for recognition of the 4th Bn, 143rd Inf, Gen Geronimo Div, MMD, ECLGA. Subject unit was not favorably considered for recgn on 29 Nov 46.
1st Lt G. N. Fondren Concur: Capt Elbert R. Curtis
Chief, Units Branch
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APO 707

1 Apr 47

Received from Mr. Vicente Virrey, letter of Reconsideration re Hqs, 4th Bn, 143rd Inf, (MMD, ECLGA) Gen Geronimo Div, Batangas Unit, Lipa, Batangas, dtd 27 Mar 47; sgd by Vicente Virrey w/ 8 Affidavits (dup).

Maj, Infantry
Ch, Unit Branch

Recorded thru Message Center

Ben R Marcial

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Notes and references:
1 “4th Bn, General Geronimo’s Div, MMD, ECLGA,” File No. 308-91, downloaded from PVAO.

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