Col Q Gellidon ... CO, Grlas attached to 11th Ab
Col V Umali ... CO, PQOG
Maj V Luansing ... CO, subject unit
J. Recto ... Mayor, Rosario, Batangas
E. Mayo ... Mayor, Lipa, Batangas
Maj V. Coates ... this headquarters
Lt L. J. Sonders ... this headquarters
During the month of March 1945, I spent much time assisting our Bn S-4 in getting supplies to the troops. This duty put me in contact with all of the 2nd Bn regularly and I do not remember ever seeing more than one company of Guerrillas all told. About 40 or 50 of these were strung out along the road to protect our kitchen crews who brought up a hot meal each day and there was approximately a platoon of 30 or 40 with each of our 3 rifle companies. We had 15 attached to our Bn S-2 section for patrolling purposes, 3 or 4 of which were killed one day while on patrol. We always kept our guerrilla forces to minimum because of the chow situation. It took 3 or 4 times as many rations for the guerrillas as it did for the GI’s. Therefore, I am sure that our guerrilla strength, on the Batangas operation, was less than 150 at all times.” Specifically, the undersigned has observed the following oddities with respect to the writ: the frequent use of capitals is not commensurate with grammatical practices in the United States, and Col Day, before the war, was a professor at a Californian University; the hand-writing, itself, is sloppy, elementary, and rather illegible; dates appearing on the letter are not in military form, and Boysie Day was a Lt Col; “Guerilla” is misspelled, “active-patrolling” is hyphenated – “Headquarters Second Battalion,” however the signature reads as follows:
“Boysie E Day
Major 158th Inf
Day was a Lt Col, as previously stated, and was not in command of the 158th Infantry.
It is also possible that some other person had signed for Maj Schloth, whose initials were BGR. It has not been determined whose initials these might be.
2nd Lt, Inf
Notes and references:
1 “Luansing Unit, Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas,” File No. 63, downloaded from PVAO.