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December 30, 2017

Various Documents Submitted to the US Army in Support of Application for Recognition

The San Jose Guerrilla Unit was an underground organization that opposed the Japanese in the Province of Batangas in World War II. It was commanded by one Pedro Kalalo and was officially recognized with 60 men as an element of the Philippine Army in the service of the United States Armed Forces during the liberation of the country. In this page1 are various documents submitted to the Guerrilla Affairs Branch of the US Armed Forces in the Western Pacific in support of the San Jose Guerrilla Unit’s application for official recognition.

[p. 1]

MESS OFFICER
1876 EAB
May 6, 1945

Lt. Umali is supply officer for the San Jose Guerrillas. He has been drawing rations from us for those guerrillas. The San Jose Guerrillas are a recognized guerrilla organization doing fine work. I would appreciate it if you would arrange to draw and issue rations for these 32 men.

/s/ John D. Nock Jr.
Btry C, 152 AA Bn

A TRUE COPY

[p. 2]

COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
MANILA

9 July 1945

Col. James D. Taylor, USAFPAC
Trade and Commerce Building,
M a n i l a

My dear Col. Taylor:

I am sending you Lt. Pedro B. Kalalo, CO of the San Jose Guerrilla Unit. He would like to be given the opportunity of presenting the case of his unit with the request that it may be recognized and incorporated into the USAFFE after due processing.

I shall highly appreciate it if you could use your good office towards expediting the processing of Lt. Pedro B. Kalalo’s unit.

Very sincerely,

[Sgd.] TOMAS L. CABILI
Secretary

[p. 3]

COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES
ARMY HEADQUARTERS
APO 500
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, QUARTERMASTER SERVICE

7 July 45

SUBJECT

TO

: Authority request for the processing of the SAN JOSE GUERRILLA UNIT.

: The Secretary of National Defense
   Malacañan Palace, Manila
   Thru Chief, Quartermaster Service.

1. Request authority for a processing of my former guerrilla outfit (SAN JOSE GUERRILLA UNIT) to the Philippine Army. This outfit is at present stationed at San Jose, Batangas.

2. Attached herewith are true copies of pertinent papers of the said guerrilla outfit for the information and consideration of that office.

[Sgd.] P. B. KALALO
2nd Lt, QMS, PA
Property Officer
(Former C. O. San Jose Guer. Unit)

ENCLOSED

As stated.

[p. 4]

COMPANY “B”
511th Parachute Infantry

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

The San Jose Guerrilla Unit was attached to my command for a period of a month. In that time, they helped my unit to the fullest of their powers and did satisfactorily patrolling at all times. Their reports of enemy activity at that time were fairly accurate and in many cases helped us locate the enemy. This unit has well disciplined soldiers and obeyed my command at all times. [The following line was handwritten.] The unit was very grateful to us for obtaining daily rations for the men. I request any other unit to do the same if it is at all possible.

(SGD) JOHN M. RINGLER
Captain, Co. “B,” 511th P. Inf.
Commanding

[p. 5]

HEADQUARTERS GUERRILLA FORCES
Tagaytay City

2/25/45

RECOGNITION OF THE SAN JOSE GUERRILLAS UNDER LT. KALALO IS HEREBY MADE, SUBJECT TO HIS CARRYING OUT ORDERS ISSUED TO HIM BY THIS COMMAND.

(SGD) C. N. SCHOMMER
Capt., U.S. Task Force
Commanding, Grla. Hdqrs.

GUERRILLA HQS., 11th Abn. Div.

25 March 45.

SUBJECT

TO

: Attachment.

: 2nd Lt. PEDRO B. KALALO, Hqs. San Jose Guerrilla Unit.

1. It is evident that this unit is doing an excellent job of intelligence. I wish to take this opportunity to commend this unit very highly for the excellent reports received and express the hope that it will continue the excellent work.

2. No unit can be attached until their sector and area has been freed from Japs. At that time, we can attach only that number for which we can furnish weapons which will be but a small number.

(SGD) WILLIAM J. SCHLOTH
Maj. Hqs. 11th Abn. Div
In Chg. Guerrillas


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Notes and references:

1 “San Jose Guerrilla Unit,” File No. 300, online at the United States National Archives.


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