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December 30, 2017

US Army's Reply to Talatala's Request for Reconsideration on Recognition Dates, January 1948

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, R. E. Cantrell of the United States Army’s Philippines-Ryukyus Command replied to Talatala’s request for reconsideration of the US Army’s decision on his unit’s recognition dates.


GSCPU 091 PI / 123 APO 707
29 JAN 1948

Captain Lorenzo N. Talatala
Headquarters, MPC AFP
BBB Manila North Road

Dear Captain Talatala:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 2 December 1947, requesting reconsideration of the unfavorable decision rendered by this headquarters on 29 August 1947 with regard to the revision of the recognition dates of the Santo Tomas Unit, President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas.

It is desired to inform you that pursuant to a similar request for reconsideration made by Mr. Prisciliano Modelo on 1 October 1947, this headquarters re-examined all the supporting papers submitted by your unit and reviewed its history. This study, encompassing a careful examination of additional evidence submitted to this headquarters by Mr. Pablo T. Mendoza in his letter of 12 October 1947, failed to reveal any material which would warrant modification of the unfavorable decision of 29 August 1947.

Inasmuch as it is considered that the Santo Tomas Unit, PQOG, has received all the consideration that is warranted with regard to the revision of recognition dates, no further consideration being justified, it is necessary to inform you that our letter of 29 August 1947 constitutes the final determination of an action upon the period of official recognition of the unit.


Asst Adj Gen

Lt Col Wallace M. Hanes:

Basic, letter from Capt L N Talatala, CO Santo Tomas Unit, PQOG, to Commanding General PHILRYCOM, dated 2 Dec 47, requesting reconsideration of the unfavorable decision rendered by this headquarters on 29 August 1947 with regard to the revision of recognition dates.

1st Lt George E Kemper

Concur: Capt E R Curtis, 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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