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December 31, 2017

Non-Recognition of Luansing Unit Supplementary Roster, Febrary 1946

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. Branen of the US Army issued a memo to Luansing informing the latter of the non-recognition of an earlier submitted supplementary roster.


APO 707

18 February 1946





: Recognition of Guerrilla Unit

: Chief of Staff, Philippine Army, APO 501

: Commanding Officer, Luansing Company, Batangas Guerrillas, FAIT.

1. Supplementary rosters of [the] Luansing Company, a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, have not been favorably considered for recognition by this headquarters.

2. There is insufficient evidence to prove that continual functioning of a military organization under the same command or that the men were engaged full time to the exclusion of all civilian pursuits.

3. Your attention is invited to Presidential Executive Order, Number 68, Commonwealth of the Philippines, [a] copy of which is attached. You are requested to comply with the provisions of the abovementioned order.


[Sgd.] Thomas J. Branen
Ass’t Adj General

1 Incl:

As indicated.

Basis for non-recognition:

All the men who were attached were recognized and those now being submitted do not have sufficient evidence of organization, continuity of command, full time participation, or achievements.

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Notes and references:

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

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