FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
Officially Recognized as a Unit of the
United States Forces in the Philippines.
4th MILITARY DISTRICT
A BRIEF HISTORY
became officially a unit of the Marking’s Guerrillas, and designated as 1st Battalion, Batangueño Unit. The undersigned was designated Major. He (Robles) laid out a general plan of action for the unit to follow and made several suggestions among which were: be always calm and strictly passive; avoid appearing in groups large enough to arouse the suspicion of the Japs; gather any information regarding the enemy and transmit them to GHQ; to devise plans on how the enemy could be hampered, harrassed or hit when the time came, taking steps, however, not to endanger the population as a consequence thereof.
character and held personally responsible for my acts in that future before I was released.
Paratroopers. I gave him information on the defense preparations the Japs made in Tanauan. I was then referred to Capt. Schommers. When requested that this unit be given arms and ammunition, said officer told me that it would take some time before such request could be granted. He also told me that we could better serve our people by conducting them to places safe from the Japs, behind the lines if possible, as the American forces were expected to be near Tanauan within several days. Before leaving Tagaytay, save officer gave me two Carbines, two boxes of hand grenades, a couple thousand rounds of Carbine and .30 caliber ammunition and medicines.
Notes and references:
1 “Batangueño Unit, MFA,” File No. 109-13, online at the United States National Archives.