The Fil-American Irregular Troops was a large guerrilla outfit founded by ex-United States Army officer Colonel Hugh Straughn. It operated in a wide area in Luzon and had many units in the different towns around the province of Batangas. The Batangas Guerrilla Headquarters, operating in the town of Batangas, was one such unit. In this June 1947 document1, Jose Diosana of the Batangas Guerrilla Headquarters wrote to the Adjutant General of the 11th Airborne Division regarding three of its officers not having been included in an earlier roster submitted for recognition by the US Army.
22 June 47
: Supplementary Roster of Batangas Guerrilla Headquarters Fil-American,
released on 10 July '45, recognized by AFPAC 31 January '45 missing.: The Adjutant General, 11th Airborne Division, Japan APO 468 (Attn: Maj
Jack P Barton, CAC)
a. Grla Affairs Section of PHILRYCOM and Army of the Philippines could not locate the said missing Roster.
b. The following named Officers are affected:
1st Lt Julian Catienza, 0-42416
1st Lt Ceferino Machado 0-42115
c. That Col Jose S Diosana and Lt Julian Catienza could no longer file their individual recognition for the limiting date for individual recognition set by PHILRYCOM was over when they had known such facts.
d. That the Officers concerned will be deprived of their rights given by the United States Army and the Army of the Philippines of any benefit or privilege.
2. Attached herewith is a true copy of Major Barton’s instruction to the undersigned when he reported for processing in Camp Murphy.
3. Request further that prompt action be made.
t/ JOSE S DIOSANA
A CERTIFIED TRUE COPY: