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January 7, 2018

Letter Informing San Juan PQOG of Non-Recognition, March 1947

The President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG) was a guerrilla organization which fought the Japanese in World War II. The guerrilla outfit was among those that operated in Southern Luzon, including Batangas. It had many units in the province, one of which was in the eastern Batangas town of San Juan. In this March 1947 document1, one Thomas Brown, an officer of the United States Army investigating guerrilla claims for recognition, wrote to inform one Major E. Bolaños of the San Juan PQOG of the unfavorable consideration of the outfit’s application for recognition.



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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI/472 APO 707
19 MAR 1947

Major E. Bolaños
San Juan, Batangas
Philippines

Dear Mr. Bolaños:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the First Battalion, San Juan Regiment (PQOG), purporting to be a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, has not been favorably considered for recognition.

It is felt that the recognition extended to personnel of the PQOG General Headquarters and of the 2nd Infantry Regiment, President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG), a composite unit from the overall command, constitutes just and adequate acknowledgement of military service.

This decision does not preclude individual request for casualty recognition by injured personnel or their heirs. Upon request from interested individuals, appropriate casualty forms will be forwarded.

Sincerely,



THOMAS J. BROWN
CWO, USA
ASST ADJ GEN



Col. Gerald F. Lillard:

Basic, ltr from E. Bolaños to CG, PHILRYCOM, requesting recgn of the First Bn, San Juan Regt (PQOG).

[Sgd.] 1st Lt Charles L. Homewood

Concur: Major C. H. Wentzell
           Actg Chief, Unit Branch

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Notes and references:
1 “1ST BN, SAN JUAN REGT., I CORPS, PQOG,” File No. 271-21, downloaded from PVAO.

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