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December 31, 2017

Report Filed by Capt Jose Mendoza after Reconnaissance Patrol, June 1945

The Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT) was a large guerrilla organization formed by the retired American officer Hugh Straughn. It had many units operating around Luzon, including Batangas. Among this was the Maculot Battalion which operated in the town of Cuenca, Batangas. The unit was among those that were officially recognized as elements of the Philippine Army in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States in the Western Pacific during World War II. In this document1, one Captain Jose Mendoza filed a report addressed to the 188th Infantry of the 11th Airborne Division about the results of a reconnaissance patrol conducted by his unit in June 1945.



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CUENCA-FIL-AMERICAN GUERRILLAS
1st & 3rd REGIMENTS
ATTACHED TO THE 11th AIRBORNE DIVISION 188th INFANTRY
BATANGAS DISTRICT
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING OFFICER
IN THE FIELD

12 June 1945

SUBJECT
TO
: RECONNAISSANCE PATROL
: THE COMMANDING OFFICER
   188th. 11th. A/B DIVISION
   MATAAS NA KAHOY, BATANGAS

At about 3:15 P.M., a patrol of 3 men headed by Sgt. Vicente Torres left our outpost in Ibabao for Dayapan, above Taal Lake. Encountering four (4) Japs at Dayapan, firing took place, lasting for almost an hour.

Enemy casualties: 2 dead with dog tags, 2 wounded, 1 rifle, Cal. 30, 3 bags full of garlic, bananas, and camotes captured.

No casualties on our side.

Patrol arrived at our outpost – 8:00 P.M.

(SGD) JOSE B. MENDOZA, CAPT.
Co. “A”

NOTED:

(Sgd) PEDRO L. PASIA, COL.
Commanding



A TRUE COPY:

PEDRO PASIA
Lt. Colonel
ASN-0-48337

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Notes and references:
1 MACULOT BATTALION FAIT, File No. 110-67, downloaded from PVAO.

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