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December 30, 2017

US Army Letter to Laurel about Non-Recognition of Laurel's Regiment, March 1947

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 document1, Thomas Brown of the United States Army’s Philippines-Ryukyus Command Adjutant General’s Office wrote to Laurel to inform the latter of the non-recognition of his guerrilla outfit.


GSCPU PI / 469 APO 707
19 MAR 1947

Mr. Amando Laurel
Talisay, Batangas

Dear Mr. Laurel:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the Laurel’s Regiment, 45th and 46th Division (PQOG), purporting to be a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, has not been favorably considered for recognition.

It is felt that the recognition extended to the personnel of the PQOG General Headquarters and of the 2nd Infantry Regiment, President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG), a composite unit from the overall command, constitutes just and adequate acknowledgement of military service.

This decision does not preclude individual request for casualty recognition by injured personnel or their heirs. Upon request from interested individuals, appropriate casualty forms will be forwarded.



Col Gerald F Lillard:

Basic, ltr fr Amando Laurel to CG, PHILRYCOM, requesting recgn of the Laurel’s Regt, 45th and 46th Div (PQOG).

[Sgd.] 1st Lt Charles L Homewood

Concur: Major C. S. Wentzell
Actg Chief,Unit Branch

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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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