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January 7, 2018

Organizational Report of Luis Licopa on the Licopa Guerrilla Unit, March 1945

The Licopa Guerrilla Unit was a guerrilla outfit under the command of one Luis Licopa and operated out of Lemery, Batangas. In this March 1945 document, Guerrilla Commander Luis H. Licopa filed an organizational report on his unit in compliance with instructions from the US Army in Batangas’ instructions.

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HEADQUARTERS GLINT
Under Advance Hq, Special Unit
S W P A
Attached to the 158th RCT

20 March 1945.
Subject
To
: ORGANIZATIONAL REPORT
: S-2, 158th RCT, Lemery, Batangas.
1. In compliance with instructions from that Headquarters, the following information is hereby submitted:

a. Specific and precise designation of unit – Combat Company, Glint Headquarters:
Location – Lemery, Batangas.



b. Strength of unit to include only those individuals who have been in support of the operation – Sixty (60) including officers and medical men.

c. Short history of the unit: This unit had its birth right after the fall of Bataan with two American officers E. L. Jorgensen, 0-405263 and Robert S. Kramer, 0-23729 who remained with the unit up to March 1943. During this period, several skirmishes of minor importance were made with the Japanese patrols and Japanese pacification groups and Constabulary.

d. When the Americans landed at San Jose, Mindoro, the unit was attached to the Advance Headquarters under the command of Major George F. Rowe, USNR. The unit engaged in espionage work and submitted its intelligence reports to that Headquarters.

e. When the liberation army came to Nasugbu, the unit was recognized as a guerrilla team by the 11th Airborne Division thru Major Vanderpool, Guerrilla Commander in Luzon.

On the 19th of February, acting on orders from Captain C.N. Schommer, USA Task Force, the unit made up a mopping operation at Mayasang, a Japanese stronghold at a place near Tagaytay Ridge. Enemy escape, ammunition, supplies and other military materials were seized by the unit.

When the 158th RCT under the command of Gen. MacNider came down to Lemery, the unit was attached to it and since then, we have been doing interior and rear guard duties. Mopping up operations have also been made in collaboration with the American soldiers.

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The unit has also been actively engaged in Constabulary work, settled disputes, apprehended thieves and maintained peace and order in the military sector assigned to it in accordance with the former Constabulary rules and regulations.

DESIGNATION OF THE UNIT

a. Combat Company, Headquarters Glint

LOCATION: Lemery, Batangas.

(SGD) LUIS H. LICOPA
Captain, (Glint)
Commanding



A TRUE COPY:


[Sgd.] LUIS H. LICOPA
Captain, (Glint)
Commanding

TW/11

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Notes and references:
1 File Number 50, Licopa Unit (GLINT), downloaded from Philippine Veteran Association Office.

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