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December 30, 2017

Communication from Vicente Galvez to PHILRYCOM, June 1947

The Pioneer Balayan Town Guerrilla Unit was one of many units of the large Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT) organized by the retired American Colonel Hugh Straughn at the onset of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. This guerrilla organization had many such units operating in other towns of Batangas, including the town of Balayan. The Balayan unit was organized by Majors Rodolfo Bahia and Amador de Guito. Hence, it was also referred to as the Bahia-Deguito unit. In this document1, one Vicente Galvez wrote to the Guerrilla Affairs Branch of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command to inquire about his status as commanding officer of the Balayan Town Guerrillas.

Balayan, Batangas
25 June 1947



: Confirmation and Verification

: The Commanding General, Philrycom APO 707

(Attention – Guerrilla Affairs)

1. All communications of your office had been directed to this person regarding [the] Pioneer Balayan Town Guerrillas Bahia-Deguito Unit-FAIT.

2. Please verify and confirm what rank had been assigned this person. Forty-two (42) Officers and Enlisted Men of this Unit had already been processed.

3. I shall appreciate if you will issue [an] order to this effect.


[Sgd.] Vicente Galvez

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Notes and references:

1 “Pioneer Balayan Town Guerrillas, Deguito Unit FAIT,” File No. 110-42, downloaded from PVAO.

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