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December 30, 2017

Roster of the Batangueño Unit, MFAT

The 1st Battalion, “B” Company, Batangueño Unit was a guerrilla organization affiliated with the MFAT or Marking’s Fil-Americans Troops. The latter was a larger organization operating in Luzon commanded by one Marcos Agustin, hence the nickname “Marking.” This organization absorbed elements of Hugh Straughn’s Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT) after the American commander was captured and executed by the Japanese Army. Hence, the name “Marking’s Fil-Americans.” The Batangueño Unit was commanded by one Fidel del Pilar and operated out Tanauan. In this document1 is contained the roster of officially recognized guerrillas from the unit.

This guerrilla organization actually submitted a large roster of 624 officers and enlisted men to the United States Army in its application for official recognition as an element of the Philippine Army in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States.

This large roster, however, was not accepted by the United States Army since the headquarters of the Marking’s Fil-American Troops submitted its own composite roster, which was mostly approved and officially recognized, and of this only 24 from the Batangueño Unit was included. This list of 24 guerrillas is presented below, along with its accompanying introductory documents.

The roster and accompanying documents are embedded in this page from an external source in PDF format. Each page may be zoomed in/out or scrolled up/down using the on board tools provided. Pagination is also provided for those who may need to use this for citation purposes.

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Notes and references:

1 “Batangueño Unit, MFA,” File No. 109-13, online at the United States National Archives.

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