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Corrections on Clarifications Made by the US Army on the Ranks of Laurel and Gahol

The Laurel Regiment, 45th Division, I Corps of the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG), started as an independently organized unit in Talisay, Alitagtag and Taal under the command of one Amando Laurel of the Municipality of Talisay. Later in the war, this guerrilla unit would become affiliated with the PQOG, a large guerrilla organization that operated in Luzon during the Japanese occupation up to the liberation of Batangas. In this page1 are two documents issued by the United States Army with corrections on the clarifications issued pertaining to the ranks of Amando Laurel and Pedro Gahol.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPI 201 LAUREL, Amando APO 707
8 APR 1947

SUBJECT

TO

: Corrected Clarification of Rank of Amando Laurel.

: Chief of Staff
   Army of the Philippines
   Camp Murphy, Quezon City

1. Reference letter file GSCPI 201 LAUREL, Amando; Subject: Clarification of Rank of Amando Laurel; dated 26 February 1947 is corrected as follows:

2. The case of Amando Laurel, brought to the attention of this headquarters by the commanding officer of the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG) for guerrilla recognition is the rank of Major, General Headquarters, President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas, has been investigated.

3. The request is approved. His period of recognition as Major will extend from 1 January 1945 to 31 August 1945, the period of recognition of the General Headquarters, President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas.

4. Subject individual was officially recognized in the rank of Captain on the approved roster of Company “A,” 46th Regiment, 45th Division, PQOG from 11 March 1945 to 7 February 1946.

5. On 31 August 1945, Amando Laurel will be considered formally reduced in grade from Major to Captain and assigned to his original unit, Company “A,” 46th Regiment, 45th Division, PQOG.

6. Major Laurel is due pay of Major from 1 January 1945 to 10 March 1945.

7. Major Laurel is due difference in pay between Captain and Major for the period 11 March 1945 to 31 August 1945.

FOR THE COMMANDING GENERAL:

(Stamped) JOHN R. SPARK
Major, AGD
Asst. Adj. Gen.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPI 201 GAHOL, Pedro E. APO 707
8 APR 1947

SUBJECT

TO

: Corrected Clarification of Rank of Pedro E. Gahol.

: Chief of Staff
   Army of the Philippines
   Camp Murphy, Quezon City

1. Reference letter file GSCPI 201 GAHOL, Pedro E., Subject: Clarification of Rank of Pedro E. Gahol; dated 26 February 1947 is corrected as follows:

2. The case of Pedro E. Gahol, brought to the attention of this headquarters by the commanding officer, President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG) for guerrilla recognition in the rank of Captain, 6th Battalion, 2nd PQOG Regiment, Composite Unit, President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas, has been investigated.

3. The request is approved. His period of recognition as Captain will extend from 1 January 1945 to 28 June 1945.

4. Subject individual was officially recognized in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on the approved roster of Company “A,” 46th Regiment, 45th Division, PQOG, from 11 March 1945 to 29 June 1945 on which date he was activated in the Philippine Army.

5. On 28 June 1945, Pedro E. Gahol will be considered formally reduced in grade from Captain to 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to his original unit Company “A,” 46th Regiment, 45th Division, PQOG.

6. Captain Gahol is due pay of Captain for the period 1 January 1945 to 10 March 1945.

7. Captain Gahol is due difference in pay between 2nd Lieutenant and Captain for the period 11 March 1945 to 18 June 1945.

FOR THE COMMANDING GENERAL:

(Stamped) JOHN R. SPARK
Major, AGD
Asst Adj Gen


Notes and references:
1 “Laurel’s Regiment, 45th Division, I Corps, PQOG,” File No. 271-19, online at the United States National Archives.

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