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December 31, 2017

Letter Informing Luansing of Non-Recognition by the US Army, June 1947

The Luansing Unit Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas were commanded by one Galicano Luansing and known loosely as the “Luansing’s Unit.” This guerrilla outfit was at one time or the other during the Japanese occupation affiliated with the Fil-American Irregular Troops and also the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas. By the time the Allied forces return to the Philippines, it was operating independently. This unit assisted the United States Army in campaigns against the Japanese forces from Balayan, Batangas Town, Lipa, Rosario and San Juan. In this document1, one Thomas J. Brown of the Adjutant’s Office of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command informed Luansing of the non-recognition of his guerrilla unit as an element of the Philippine Army in the services of the United States Armed Forces, except for 96 members who had already been recognized.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI APO 707
1 JUN 1947

Mr. V. Luansing
Rosario, Batangas
Philippines

Dear Mr. Luansing:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the Luansing Unit, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas, purporting to be a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, is not favorably considered for recognition as an element of the Philippine Army.

A set of general requirements for guerrilla recognition, established by General MacArthur during the liberation of the Philippines, has been used as a guide in considering the record of this unit. After careful investigation and full consideration of all substantiating records and testimony of witnesses having pertinent knowledge, recognition of this guerrilla unit is not deemed to be warranted because of the reason mentioned below:

a. Record of service was not substantiated by sufficient acceptable evidence.

It is considered that the previous recognition of approximately 96 officers and men from the Luansing Unit, FABG who were recognized by the Commanding General Eighth Army for their aid during the liberation of the Philippines constitutes adequate and just acknowledgement of military service.

Your attention is invited to Presidential Executive Order No. 68, Commonwealth of the Philippines, copy of which is attached, for any necessary action in connection therewith.

THOMAS J BROWN
CWO, USA
ASST ADJ GEN

1 Incl

Executive Order No. 68, dated 26 Sept 45

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Col Gerald F. Lillard:

1. The Luansing Unit, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas, consisting of 394 members has not been favorably considered. 96 members have been previously recognized.

2. This unit has been disqualified as a bona fide organization because of the submission of fraudulent evidence upon which depends the requested recognition.

3. A casualty roster has been submitted. It is recommended that the roster receive favorable consideration.

4. No recommendations concerning revision can be made without further investigation.

[Sgd.] Lt Bruce Bromley Jr.

Concur: Capt C. C. Buchanan, Chief, Southern Luzon Sec

Concur: Maj C. H. Wentzell, Chief, Unit Inv Sec

Concur: Lt Col S. J. Palos, Chief, Unit Branch



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Notes and references:

1 “Luansing Unit, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas,” File No. 63, downloaded from PVAO.


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