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December 29, 2017

Miscellaneous Documents Submitted by the Rosario Unit, MFAT to the US Army

The Marking’s Fil-American Troops (MFAT) was an amalgamation of Marcos Agustin’s Marking’s Guerrillas and the Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT), the latter having fallen into disarray after the capture of its founder and commander Col. Hugh Straughn. The FAIT had many units operating in southern Luzon, including Batangas. Among these was a unit operating in Rosario. In this page1 is an assortment of documents submitted by the Rosario Unit to the United States Army to accompany its application for official recognition as an element of the Philippine Army in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States during the liberation of the country.

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FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
UNDER COL. HUGH STRAUGHN #02515 U.S.A. COMMANDING

December 1, 1943

1st LIEUTENANT DIEGO A. GUADEZ is hereby promoted to the rank of CAPTAIN. He is designated as Associate Organizer of irregular troops in the province of Batangas.

He will be recognized accordingly.

[Sgd.] HUGH STRAUGHN, Col.
Division Commander

ASSIGNED BY:

[Sgd.] O. CRUZ, Col.
Adjutant General

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FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
UNDER COL. HUGH STRAUGHN #02515 U.S.A. COMMANDING

July 1, 1943.

SPECIAL ORDER:

TO:

LT. COL. D. A. GUADEZ
Inspector General
Province of Batangas

In view of the hardship of transmitting communication from the Headquarters to the Province of Batangas, either by mail, nor by messenger, due to the present circumstances, and the delayed action of appointment papers pertaining to the organization of the irregular troops in that Province of Batangas, of which you are in charge, the undersigned, therefore, hereby authorize you to sign all appointments from private to the rank of captain by – HUGH STRAUGHN, COL., Division Commander – By: D.A. GUADEZ, Inspector General, Province of Batangas or your alias, D. Angeles.

The duplicate copies of said appointments will be turned over to the Headquarters for file.

[Sgd.] HUGH STRAUGHN, COL.
Division Commander

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FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
UNDER COL. HUGH STRAUGHN #02515 U.S.A. COMMANDING

February 1, 1943.

CAPTAIN DIEGO A. GUADEZ is hereby promoted to the rank of LT. COL. effective February 1, 1943. He is designated as Organizer and INSPECTOR GENERAL of the Irregular Troops in the Province of Batangas.

He will be recognized accordingly.

[Sgd.] HUGH STRAUGHN, COL.
Division Commander

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FROM: War Department AFWESPAC
BUREAU: GSCPG
ROUTINE CLEAR
5 Sept 1946

STANDARD FORM 144
APPROVED BY THE PRESIDENT
March 10, 1926

TELEGRAM
OFFICIAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT RATES

FROM: CG AFWESPAC

TO: WARTAG

REQUEST PRESENT ADDRESSES OF CAPTAIN BUCHANAN FIVE FOUR EVACUATION HOSPITAL ELEVENTH AIRBORNE PD MAJOR LORING DAY ONE FIVE EIGHT REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM SECOND BATTALION [next two words struck out in the original document] PART OF SIXTH ARMY PD LIEUTENANT EDWARD PETER MORRIS JUNIOR SIGNAL COMPANY WITH FIVE ONE ONE PARATROOPS INFANTRY FORMERLY APO FOUR SIX EIGHT PD THESE OFFICERS WERE KNOWN TO BE ACTIVE BETWEEN MARCH AND JULY FORTY FIVE IN BATANGAS LUZON PD INFORMATION IS NEEDED BY THIS HEADQUARTERS RELATIVE TO CERTAIN GUERRILLA ACTIVITIES PD EXPEDITE REPLY

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511TH AIRBORNE SIGNAL COMPANY
APO 468

18 July 45

SUBJECT


TO

: Unpaid Salary of 2d Lt Celedonio Bolaños, Batangas
   Guerrillas, Guerrilla Infantry.

: The Finance Officer, Guerrilla Unit.

1. This is to certify that during the period of 5 Apr 45 to 12 June 45, 2d Lt Celedonio Bolaños, Guerrilla Infantry, in charge of one (1) platoon of fifteen (15) men, was attached to the 511th A/B Signal Company under me.

2. That during the period of 5 Apr 45 to 12 June 45, 2d Lt Bolaños has not been paid by our agent Finance Officer.

3. I request that 2d Lt Bolaños be paid for the period of 5 April 45 to 12 June 45 inclusive.

FOR THE COMMANDING OFFICER:

[Sgd.] EDWARD P MORRIS, Jr
1st Lt, Signal Corps


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Notes and references:

1 “Rosario Unit, III AC (David’s Command),” File No. 209-48, online at the United States National Archives.


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