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January 7, 2018

Memo from the US Army Officially Recognizing the Tanauan Guerrillas, February 1946

The Tanauan Guerrilla Organization was formed in 1942 right after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, but remained in active for long periods and concentrated in keeping peace and order in the town of Tanauan, Batangas. By March 1945, it was attached to the 11th Airborne Division of the United States Army and was active in the ambuscade of Japanese troops. In this 1946 document1, one Lt. Frank Kleager, writing for one Lt. General Styer, the Tanauan Guerrilla Organization was officially recognized by the United States Army.

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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC


GSCPG
APO 707
15 Feb 1946

SUBJECT

TO
: Recognition of Guerrilla Unit.

: Chief of Staff, Philippine Army, APO 501.
1. The following guerrilla unit is recognized by the Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific, as having been an authorized element of this command from 23 March 1945 to 2 May 1945:

Tanauan Guerrillas, Zebra Troops
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116
2. 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.

3. It is desired that payment of this unit for the period above specified, be expedited by Finance Officers 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 3 May 1945.

BY COMMAND OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL STYER:

(STAMP) FRANK J. KLEAGER
1st Lt., INF
Actg. Asst. Adj. Gen.



1 Incl:
Roster of unit (in dup)

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Notes and references:
1 “Tanauan Guerrillas, Zebra Troops” File No. 255, downloaded from PVAO.

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