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December 30, 2017

Thomas Brown's Letter to Wenceslao Cornejo, June 1947

The President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG) was a guerrilla organization that operated in Luzon, including Batangas, during the Japanese occupation. The organization had many units in Batangas Province, including the Municipality of Malvar. In this municipality, the unit was formed and commanded by one Wenceslao Cornejo. In this document1, Thomas Brown of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command of the US Armed Forces wrote to Cornejo to inform the latter than a submitted application for recognition could not be entertained as it came after the deadline set.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI APO 707
5 JUN 1947

Mr. Wenceslao M. Cornejo
Office of the City Fiscal
Department of Interior
Manila, Philippines

Dear Mr. Cornejo:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 15 May 1947, requesting separate consideration of the “Malvar Guerrilla Forces,” an element of the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas.

As you were informed in a letter, this headquarters, dated 28 April 1947, a complete study was made of all elements of President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG). Recognition was extended only to personnel of the PQOG General Headquarters and to the 2nd Infantry Regiment, PQOG, a composite unit from the overall command. It is felt that this recognition constitutes just and adequate acknowledgement of military services performed by all PQOG units.

Your request for separate consideration of the Malvar Guerrilla Forces is considered as a new application for recognition. A special press release from Public Relations Office, AFWESPAC, dated 1 February 1946, stated that no applications for recognition of guerrilla units would be accepted by this headquarters after 15 March 1946. As your request for separate consideration of your unit was made in your letter of 15 May 1947, it does not comply with the above closing date and, therefore, cannot be accepted.

With reference to your request for appropriate forms for casualty recognition, you are informed that suc forms are sent only to each individual who is qualified and feels justified in entering a casualty claim and who individually sends specific request to this office in his own behalf.

THOMAS J. BROWN
CWO, USA
ASST ADJ GEN

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Col Gerald F. Lillard:

Basic, ltr fr Wenceslao L. Cornejo, CG, PHILRYCOM dtd 15 May 47, requesting separate consideration of the Malvar Grla Forces, an element of the PQOG.

1st Lt George B. Kemper

Concur: Lt Col S. J. Palos, Chief, Unit Branch


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Notes and references:

1 “Malvar Grla Forces, I Corps, PQOG,” File No. 271-27, downloaded from PVAO.


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