Wounded and Killed in Action Rosters of the Rillo-Neri Unit - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Wounded and Killed in Action Rosters of the Rillo-Neri Unit

The Rillo-Neri Unit was a guerrilla organization that was allegedly formed in the town of Balayan, and again allegedly by the authority coming from Col. Hugh Straughn, founder of the Fil-American Irregular Troops. It was supposed to have conducted intelligence work, kept peace and order and helped in the evacuation of the citizens of Balayan, Lemery and Tuy. Its combat team was also said to have participated in combat during the liberation of Batangas. While this guerrilla group failed to obtain full recognition from the United States Army, 130 of its members were recognized as a combat team and another 400 gained recognition with another guerrilla outfit, the Blue Eagle Brigade. In this page1 are two documents submitted to the United States Army containing the lists of men wounded and killed belonging to the Rillo-Neri Unit.

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LIPA GUERRILLA HQ COMBAT TEAM
(RILLO-NERI UNIT)
Taal, Batangas

17 June 45

SUBJECT
TO
: Casualties Report
: Lt. A. P. McDonald, CAC, AA, USA
   GUERRILLA COORDINATOR

WOUNDED IN ACTION

1. (a) AVENA, ARCADIO, 1st Sgt. February, 1945 wounded in Tuy, Batangas.

(b) AVENA, ARCADIO, 1st Sgt. 10 March 1945 wounded in action Mt. San Piro, Balayan, Batangas while Unit was in operation with Co. “B” Hunters ROTC, attached to 158th RCT U.S.A.

2. Besas, Manuel Sgt. 18 May 45 wounded in action in Baragon, Lemery, Batangas with the 188th Battalion 11th A/B Division.

3. Patuloa, Flaviano, Pvt. 3 June 45 wounded in action in Cacawan, Calaca, Batangas with the 188th Battalion 11th A/B Division.

4. Caraig, Enrique, Pvt. 29 April 45 at Caybunga, Balayan, Batangas while clearing the area with Japanese Shells Trench Mortar one of [the] bullets exploded.

[Sgd.] HORACIO L. ILAGAN
Capt. Inf.
Commanding

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RILLO-NERI UNIT
Fil-Am Irregular Troops
Southwest Pacific Area

SUBJECT: KILLED IN ACTION from 4 February 1945

1. Claudio Cabigas, Sgt. was captured by the Japanese in Gimalas, Balayan while he was on duty on 5 Feb 1945 as courier from C.P. in Caybunga to Dao, Balayan.
2. Magdalino Ilao, Cpl. captured by Japanese in Pooc, while on duty on 12 Feb 45 at 1000.
3. Francisco Mendoza, Cpl. captured by the Japanese in Pooc, while on duty 12 Feb 45 at 1000.
4. Alejandro Vidal, Cpl. was killed by the Japanese in Patugo while on duty 12 Feb 45 at 2300.
5. Magdaleno Maullion, Cpl. killed by the Japanese in Patugo in an encounter on 12 Feb 45 at 2330.
6. Julian Manguiat, Cpl. killed by the Japanese in Patugo in an encounter on 12 Feb 45 at 2330.
7. Isidro Apquiz, Pfc. was wounded in Taclang-anak while on guard duty on 1 March 45.
8. Geronimo Hernandez Cpl. was killed by the Japs in Lukban in an encounter on 8 March 45.
9. Felipe Arrogo, Cpl. was wounded in Putol in line of duty on March 8, 1945.
10. Mariano Alcasar, killed 6 March 45 while in action against the Japs in Malibu, Tuy.

s/ S. B. RILLO
t/ S. B. RILLO
Unit Commander

CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] HORACIO L ILAGAN
Capt. Inf
Lipa Guerrilla Hq Combat Team
     (Rillo-Neri Unit)
Commanding



Notes and references:
1 “Rillo-Neri (Lipa Guerrilla Headquarters Combat Team),” File No. 110-9, online at PVAO.

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