I. Administration and Control
headquarters at Banahaw mountain. However, due to certain misunderstandings between the higher command of the PQOG and the command of Lt Col Luansing then, which were at the time beyond anyone’s control, the officers and men of the Batangas men decided to separate command from the PQOG and on Oct 1943, the FABG (Luansing’s Unit) was reborn. Administration and control rested fully on Colonel Luansing henceforth, until the liberation. Contacts were made with the headquarters of SWPA in Mindoro through Lt Limjoco, AC, to the 6th MD who sent us a transmitter and crew in December 1943, and lastly with Lt Col Jay D. Vanderpool. Intelligence reports to SWPA headquarters to Maj Nickleson and Capt Hernandez in the early part of Jan 1944 and subsequently to Col Vanderpool in Oct 1944, were submitted from time to time. The unit was largely responsible for the effective bombing of all enemy installations in the southern part of the province, by the LIBERATORS and the liberation of the towns of Batangas, San Jose, Ibaan, Rosario, Lipa and the mopping up of the enemies in the towns of Balayan, Bauan, and Mabini in its various attachments with the American units. From its organization up to its demobilization in late ’45, members left or separated [from] the organization without proper authorization and the administration rested throughout directly upon Lt Col Luansing.
arrived with the information that the Japanese were already in the vicinity. We deployed our men in positions and contact was made at about 8:20 that morning. We were more strategically placed, being on a higher plane, than the approaching enemy that enemy advance was nilled [?] for more than two hours. At about 11:30, the enemy opened fire with mortars, which we presumed they took from Lipa, that same moment when they realized that they could not gain ground. The boys were demoralized for a time, as most of them had their first taste of mortar fire then, but when our positions could not be effectively hit by them, the boys regained once more their morale. However, fearing possible encirclement, I gave order to Maj Farol to pave the way for retreat and possible avenue of exit, while the two companies continued to delay the enemy advance. Our wounded were taken by Maj Farol. At about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, we completely withdrew by platoon with orders that we would meet the next day at Mt Malaraya. At 2:00 AM the next day, all companies were accounted for at Mt Malaraya, at Barrio Cuatro Santos, except for two soldiers who were missing. Our unit suffered 2 dead and three wounded, the missing 2 EM reporting after 2 weeks to Capt Arias at Colongan, Rosario, Batangas.
at San Jose, Batangas, headed by a Capt Hernandez and 13 others. They were all armed with garrands but offered no resistance. All arms and ammunition were taken and the PCs released without any US or PA equipment.
period of stay of that unit in that locality. On 11 Jun 45, a company of the men were given recognition, those men that worked with guerrilla coordinators, while the rest continued to operate in Rosario, Batangas conducting mopping up and patrolling operations until as late as October 1945, when Rosario was declared free from Japanese stragglers. While serving in such capacity, it is believed worthwhile mentioning that during the whole period that the 11th Airborne was there and other subsequent American units that were later on assigned in the province, all enemies killed in operations were reported to them by our headquarters. The G-2 of the 11th Airborne Division, Col Mueller, can well attest to these facts, as it was to him the weekly reports of the operations and some war trophies were submitted. During the period of liberation, the unit accounted for 75 enemies killed in actual combat.
Lt Col Inf
Notes and references:
1 “Luansing Unit, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas,” File No. 63, downloaded from PVAO.