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December 31, 2017

Non-Favorable Decision on Request to Revise Recognition Dates, January 1948

The San Jose Batangas Guerrillas was another unit in the province of Batangas that fought the Japanese under the banner of the large guerrilla organization called Fil-American Irregular Troops, commanded by the former United States Army Col. Hugh Straughn until he was caught and executed by the Japanese. The San Jose unit was commanded by one Amado Masilungan. In this document1, one Captain R. E. Cantrell of the Adjutant General’s Office of the United States Army’s Philippines-Ryukyus Command wrote to Masilungan to inform the latter that a submitted request for the revision of recognition dates had been denied..

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GSCPU 091 PI APO 707
8 JUN 1948

Mr. Amado Masilungan
San Jose, Batangas

Dear Mr. Masilungan:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the San Jose Batangas Guerrillas, a guerrilla unit under your nominal control, recognized by letter dated 6 January 1948, Headquarters PHILRYCOM, has not been favorably considered for revision of its present recognition dates.

A thorough and detailed examination of all supporting papers submitted by your unit and an exhaustive study of the history of your unit, together with a careful analysis of all other available information of the military activities of your unit from its inception, scrutinized in relation to the overall resistance movement, has failed to justify sufficiently the establishment of dates of recognition other than those previously published.

This letter constitutes the final determination of an action upon the periof of official recognition of the San Jose Batangas Guerrillas.


Capt. AGD
Asst. Adj. Gen.

Lt Col Wallace M Hanes:

1. The San Jose Batangas Guerrillas, consisting of 193 members, under the command of Amado Masilungan, recognized for the period 15 March-26 September 45, inclusive, by letter, Hq PHILRYCOM,dated 6 Jan 48, has not been favorably considered for revision of its present recognition dates.

2. Prior to its present recognition dates, the unit does not fulfill the requirements of the five basic points for recognition. The period granted constitutes just and adequate acknowledgement of its services to the U. S. Armed Forces against the Japanese. See attached report.

3. A casualty roster has been submitted to the Casualty Section. Casualties will be considered individually.

4. This letter constitutes final determination of and action upon the periof of official recognition of the San Jose Batangas Guerrillas.

[Sgd.] 1st Lt Kenneth H Neubauer


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Concur: Capt J O Kaider, Chief, Revision Sec

Concur: Maj R V Sload, Chief, Individual Branch

Concur: Capt ER Curtis, Chief, Unit Branch

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Notes and references:

1 “San Jose Batangas Grlas, FAIT,” File No. 110-37, downloaded from PVAO.

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