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December 30, 2017

Various Special Orders Issued by or on Behalf of Jacobo Zobel

The Zobel Guerrilla Unit was a guerrilla organization that supposedly operated from the western Batangas town of Calatagan. It was supposedly commanded by one Guerrilla Lt. Colonel Jacobo Zobel. The reader is advised that this unit failed to obtain official recognition from the United States Army and that many of its claimed achievements as well as manpower were found to have had overlaps with Emilio Macabuag’s Unit, another guerrilla organization that operated in and out of Calatagan. In this page1 is a collection of special orders issued by Zobel, copies of which were subsequently submitted to the United States Army along with the group’s application for official recognition.

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UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES IN THE PHILIPPINES
REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS
ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT
CALATAGAN, BATANGAS
30 September 1942

SPECIAL ORDERS

No. 1

1. The following named officers are hereby appointed and will report to the Regimental Headquarters for instruction.

1. A.W. DE LOS REYES, Lt. Col. Executive Officer
2. OLIMPIO SAYO, Captain, Adjutant, S-1
3. SIMON CUETO, Captain, Aide de Camp
4. FEDERICO MALLARI, Captain, Intelligence Off., S-2
5. JOSE CAISIP, Captain, Plains & Training, S-3
6. FEDERICO ORPILLA, Captain, S-4
7. GERARDO S. MANAS, Captain, Regimental Surgeon
8. LICERIO BALOLONG, Major, S-2, Manila Sector [handwritten]

2. Headquarters & Headquarters Company

1. FEDERICO ORPILLA, Captain, Commanding

3. Battalion Headquarters

1. EMILIO MACABUAG, Captain, Commanding
2. FELIX CATAPANG, Captain, EX O & Adjutant

4. Company Commanders and Platoon Leaders

1. SIMON CUETO, Captain, Co. “A,” Commanding
2. ANTONIO HERNANDEZ, 2nd Lt
3. ANACLETO GAMEZ, 2nd Lt

1. BONIFACIO CUETO, 1st Lt, Co. “B,” Commanding
2. ALFREDO MARTINEZ, 2nd Lt
3. ANASTACIO DOBLA, 2nd Lt

1. SANTIAGO CONCEPCION, 2nd Lt, Co “C,” Commanding
2. JOSE COZ, 2nd Lt
3. TEODULO CAISIP, 2nd Lt

5. LABOR BATTALION

1. BENITO ANZALDO, 2nd Lt, Commanding

[Sgd.] JACOBO ZOBEL
Colonel, Infantry
Commanding

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ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT
CALATAGAN, BATANGAS
IN THE FIELD

23 January 1943

SPECIAL ORDERS:
NO. 1

1. The following named officer is hereby appointed as member of this command with rank indicated to perform operative work in the area opposite his name:

Lt Col Manuel F. Cabal, GSC — Zambales-Bataan

BY ORDER OF COL. ZOBEL:

[Sgd.] AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
LIEUT. COL. MC
EXECUTIVE OFFICER

OFFICIAL

[Sgd.] AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
LIEUT. COL. MC.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER

DISTRIBUTION:
Officer concerned - 1
File - 1

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HEADQUARTERS
ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT
MANILA
1 October 1943

SPECIAL ORDERS:
NO. 1

1. The following named Medical Officers (Ex-USAFFE), having been inducted into the ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT, are appointed and assigned as follows:

TO HQ MEDICAL DETACHMENT:
Captain Juan Merchan Jr. MC - Regtl Surgeon
Captain Protacio Sotto MC - Asst Regtl Surgeon
Captain Francisco Magpayo MC - Supply (S-4)
Captain Jaime Zaguirre MC - S-3
TO DISPENSARY - (Battalion Surgeons)
Captain Carlos Vergel D. Dios MC - D-No-1 Quiapo, Manila
Captain Romeo Gansico MC - D-No-2, Paco, Manila
Captain Sergio Mendoza MC - D-No-3, Pasig, Rizal
Captain Aurelio Miranda MC - D-No-4, San Nicolas, Tondo
Captain Jose Almajuela MC - D-No-5, Pasay, Rizal
Captain Emilio Trinidad MC - D-No-6, Sta. Ana, Manila
Captain Alvaro Nicolas MC - D-No-7, Sampaloc, Manila
Captain Hospicio Hechanova MC - D-No-8, Singalong, Manila
Captain Emilio Manual MC - D-No-9, Tondo, Manila
Major Trajano Bernardo - D-No-10, Dingnas, Ilocos Norte
Captain Mariano Geronimo MC - D-No-11, Pasig, Rizal

BY ORDER OF COLONEL J. ZOBEL:

[Sgd.] AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
LIEUT. COL. MC
EXECUTIVE OFFICER

OFFICIAL:

[Sgd.] AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
LIEUT. COL. MC
EXECUTIVE OFFICER

DISTRIBUTION:
Officer concerned - 1
File - 1

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ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT
CALATAGAN, BATANGAS
IN THE FIELD

1 October 1942

SPECIAL ORDERS
NO. 1

1. Fol-named Officers, having been inducted into the service of the ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT, with ranks indicated to perform operative work in the areas opposite their names:

Major Ramon R. Almario, Inf - Manila
Major Francisco N. Reyes, Inf - Manila-Rizal
Major Francisco B. Lardizabal, Inf - Pampanga
Major Jovito B. Pagkalinawan, FS - Laguna
Major Jose D. Silva, FS - Manila
Major Joaquin B. Hidalgo, FA - Manila
Captain Alvaro A. Sievert, Inf - Manila
Captain Pablo Mat Guinto, Inf - Laguna-Batangas
Captain Manuel V. Panlilio, MC - Manila
Captain Rafael O. Ver, Inf - Laguna
Captain Augusto O. Figueroa, Inf - Cavite
Captain Balbino C. Panaligan, Inf - Batangas
Captain Amadeo M. Beltran, FA - Pampanga
1st Lieut Roman P. Guico, Inf - Cavite
1st Lieut Restituto Sarces, Inf - Rizal
1st Lieut Maximo A. Papas, Inf - Manila
1st Lieut Amado I. Samson, Inf - Quezon City
1st Lieut Felix C. Lladones, Inf - Batangas

BY COMMAND OF COLONEL ZOBEL:

AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
LIEUT-COL, MC
EXECUTIVE OFFICER

OFFICIAL:

AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
LIEUT-COL, MC
EXECUTIVE OFFICER

DISTRIBUTION:
Officer concerned - 1
File - 1

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HEADQUARTERS
ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA FORCES
(In the Field)

4 November 1942

SPCIAL ORDERS

NUMBER 1

(Extract)

1. Fol-named officers have been inducted into the service of the ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA FORCES are hereby accepted with ranks opposite their names:

ARTEMIO SORIANO - Major
CARLOS SORIANO - Captain
FRANCISCO M. AGUILA - Captain

Major SORIANO is designated G-2 operative in Manila and surrounding provinces; Capt SORIANO, Batangas; Capt AGUILA, Batangas. In addition to their other duties, above named officers may act as liaison officers for our headquarters in the headquarters of other organized guerrillas or join other guerrilla units whose aims and purposes are identical or similar with those of the ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA FORCES, without prejudice to officers concerned.

BY ORDER OF COLONEL ZOBEL;

A. W. DELOS REYES
Lt. Colonel
Executive Officer

OFFICIAL:

/s/ A. W. de los Reyes
/t/ A. W. DE LOS REYES
Lt. Colonel
Executive Officer

A True Copy:

[Sgd.] A. W. DE LOS REYES
Lt. Colonel
Executive Officer

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ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT
CALATAGAN, BATANGAS
IN THE FIELD

10 November 1942

SPECIAL ORDER:
NO. 1

1. The following named Officer, ELEUTERIO C. BENAVIDES, USAFFE, having reported for active duty this date is hereby appointed to the rank of SECOND LIEUTENANT, and assigned G-2 Operative Manila area.

2. He will report for duty to the G-2, ZOBEL’S GUERRILLA UNIT, upon receipt of this order.

By order of the Commanding Officer

[Sgd.] AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
Major, MC
Executive Officer
Zobel’s Guerrilla Unit

OFFICIAL:

[Sgd.] AUGUSTO W. DELOS REYES
Major, MC
ACGS G-2

DISTRIBUTION:
Officer concerned - 1
File - 1



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Notes and references:

1 “Zobel’s Guerrilla Unit,” File No. 137, online at the United States National Archives.


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