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December 31, 2017

Transcription: Handwritten Memo from Luansing to Major Jay Vanderpool, January 1945

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, handwritten by Luansing and hand-carried by his liaison officers, the unit commander requested Major Jay D. Vanderpool, coordinator of guerrilla affairs in Batangas and Cavite, for a copy of instructions issued to guerrilla commanders in the province.

[Originally handwritten.]

USAFFE
Batangas Unit

7 Jan ’45
TO: Maj. J. Vanderpool
(THRU COL. TERRY MAGTANGOL
THE HUNTERS OR ROTC GUERRILLAS)

1. THE BEARERS ARE THE LIAISON OFFICERS OF THIS UNIT TO BE ATTACHED PERMANENTLY WITH THAT HQ. AS PER YOUR REQUEST IN YOUR LETTER OF THE 23RD OF DEC. 44. THEY ARE 1ST LT. CONRADO M. LUANSING (IN-CHARGE), 2ND CELESTINO L. REYES AND 2ND LT. CORNELIO PAREÑO.

2. PER PAR. 5 OF YOUR LETTER, YOU GAVE MENTION TO THE PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS FROM GQG SWPA TO ALL MAJOR GUERRILLA UNITS IN CAVITE AND BATANGAS BUT WHICH UP TO THIS DATE THIS COMMAND HAS NOT YET RECEIVED. PLEASE RELAY SEVERAL COPIES TO ME AT ONCE.

3. PERTINENT INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE PROBLEMS OF THIS COMMAND HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO 1ST LT. C. LUANSING, AND IT WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED SHOULD THEY BE CONSIDERED IN DUE TIME.

GALICANO M. LUANSING JR.
COMMANDING



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Notes and references:

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


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