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December 30, 2017

US Army Letter to Talatala about Non-Revision of Recognition Dates, August 1947

The Santo Tomas Guerrilla Unit was an outfit formed and operated out of northern Batangas, with its headquarters located on a hill in Mount Makiling near the town of Santo Tomas. The outfit was commanded by one former Captain in the USAFFE named Lorenzo Talatala and would later become affiliated with the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG), one of the large guerrilla organizations operating in Luzon. In this document1, one Thomas Brown of the Adjutant General’s Office of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command wrote to Talatala to inform him of the non-revision of his unit’s previously published recognition dates.

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GSCPU 091 PI / 1807 APO 707
29 AUG 1947

Captain Lorenzo N Talatala
Headquarters, MPC (AP)
BBB, Manila North Road
Polo, Bulacan

Dear Captain Talatala:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the Santo Tomas Unit, I Corps, PQOG, a guerrilla unit under your nominal control, recognized by letter, Headquarters, USAFFE, dated 1 April 1945, has not been favorably considered for revision of its present recognition date.

A thorough and detailed examination of all supporting papers submitted by your unit and an exhaustive study of the history of your unit, together with a careful analysis of all other available information of the military activities of your unit from its inception, scrutinized in relation to the overall resistance movement, has failed to justify sufficiently the establishment of a date of recognition other than that presently published.

This letter constitutes the final determination of and action upon the period of official recognition of the Santo Tomas Unit, I Corps, PQOG.



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Lt Col Wallace M Hanes:

1. The Santo Tomas Unit, I Corps, PQOG, consisting of 134 officers and men, under the comd of Lt Col Lorenzo N Talatala, recognized by ltr Hq, USAFFE, FEPA, dtd 1 April 1945, has not been favorably considered for revision of its present recognition date.

2. Prior to its present recognition date, this orgn did nto fulfill the requirements of the five basic points for recgn.

3. No useful purpose will be served by further investigation of this unit.

4. No member of this unit appears on the casualty roster of the I Corps, PQOG, approved by this headquarters.

1st Lt George E Kemper

Concur: Capt R C Wilson
Chief, Casualty Sec
Concur: Maj D C Murray
Chief, Unit Branch

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Notes and references:

1 “Sto Tomas Grla Unit, I Corps, PQOG,” File No. 271-29, online at the United States National Archives.

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