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Lists of Former USAFFE Men and Casualties 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 lists of the former USAFFE officers and enlisted men of the Rillo-Neri Unit as well as the casualties of war.

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Rillo-Neri Unit

Roster of Former USAFFE Officers

and Men

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Roster of Former USAFFE Officers and Men

Rillo-Neri Unit

1. Fortunato Borbon – Colonel, 81st Div. (USAFFE), joined Rillo-Neri Unit 27 Jan 45. Relieved and apptd Military Gov 3 Feb 45. Good physical condition. Address: Nasugbu, Batangas

2. Basilio Fernando – Major, AC (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 22 Jan 45. Relieved and apptd Mayor of Nasugbu 2 Feb 45. Good physical condition. Address: Nasugbu, Batangas.

3. Artemio Malabayabas – Major, 71st Div. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 5 Dec 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

4. Lino Inciong – Capt., 41st Div. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 17 Jan. 45. Good physical condition. Address: Tuy, Batangas.

5. Pablo Magnaye – 1st Lt., Chaplain Service (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 20 Jan. 45. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

6. Balbino Panaligan – 1st Lt., 41st Div. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 3 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Tuy, Batangas.

7. George Oliver – 2nd Lt., HPA (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 15 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Nasugbu, Batangas.

8. Benjamen Garcia – 2nd Lt., 41st Div. (USAFFE), joined Rillo-Neri 5 Feb. 45. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

9. Pedro Zuñiga – 2nd Lt., 51st Div. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 3 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

10. Virgilio Manalo – 3rd Lt., 41st Div. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 5 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Tuy, Batangas.

11. Rafael Ylagan – 1st Sgt., 41st Div. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 3 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

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12. Gregorio Arcalay [unsure] – Cpl. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 12 Dec. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

13. Ramon Atienza – 1st Sgt. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 14 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

14. Apolonio Fuentes – Cpl. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 12 Dec. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Lian, Batangas.

15. Dionisio Gunio – Cpl. (USAFFE) joined Rillo-Neri 15 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

16. Vicente Cauntay – Private (USAFFE), joined Rillo-Neri 15 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

17. Eriberto Cabasis – Private (USAFFE), joined Rillo-Neri 30 Jan. 45. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

18. Quintin de Jesus – Private (USAFFE), joined Rillo-Neri 15 Nov. 44. Good physical condition. Address: Balayan, Batangas.

Submitted by:

George Oliver
Liaison (Rillo-Neri)
7 Feb. 45

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RILLO-NERI UNIT
FIL-AMERICAN IRREGULAR TROOPS
Under Col. Hugh S. Straughn

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CASUALTIES

The casualties of the Rillo-Neri Unit are as follows:

KILLED IN ACTION:

1. T/Sgt. Claudio Cabingan, Co. “B,” on February 5, 1945, was captured and killed by the Japs in Barrio Gimalas, Balayan, Batangas while on duty delivering S-2 report to Major Pedro Zuñiga.

2. Sgt. Magdaleno Ilao, Co. “A,” on February 12, 1945, at 10:00 A.M., was captured and killed by the enemy in barrio Pooc, while he was on patrol duty.

3. Sgt. Francisco Mendoza – Co. “A,” on February 12, 1945, at 10:20 A.M., while on patrol duty was captured and killed by the Japs in barrio Pooc, Balayan, Batangas.

4. Cpl. Alejandro Vidal, Co. “A,” on February 12, 1945, at about 11:00 P.M., while on patrol duty was killed by the enemy in barrio Patugo, Balayan, Batangas.

5. Cpl. Magdaleno Maullon, Co. “C,” on February 12, 1945 at about 11:00 A.M., while on patrol duty in barrio Patugo, Balayan, Batangas, was killed by the enemy.

6. Pfc. Julian Manguiat, Co. “A,” on February 12, 1945, in company with Cpl. Magdaleno Maullon and Cpl. Alejandro Vidal was also killed.

7. Pfc. Geronimo Hernandez, Co. “A,” on March 8, 1945, was killed in action against the Japs in barrio Lucban, Balayan, Batangas.

8. 1st Sgt. Mariano E. Manzanilla, Co. “C,” was caught in Calamba, Laguna on February 12, 1945, while on an important mission.

9. Pfc. Andres Ilao, Co. “C,” was captured on February 12, 1945 in barrio Pooc, Balayan, Batangas and was killed a week later in barrio Putol, Tuy.

10. Pfc. Damaso Maningat, on February 5, 1945 was caught and killed by Japs in barrio Gumamela, Balayan, Batangas while carrying an important message to Maj. Jose L. Manzano.

11. Pvt. Mariano Alcazar, Co. “F,” was killed in action on March 6, 1945 in barrio Malibu, Tuy, Batangas.

12. Pfc. Basilio Rodriguez, Co. “B,” was killed by retreating Japs in barrio Malibu, Tuy, Batangas, while on patrol duty on February 5, 1945.

13. Pvt. Victorino Fagarra, Co. “G,” was killed by the Japs while he was on patrol duty, March, 1945.

14. Sergeants Pelagio D. Ramos, Abelardo Ramos and Aurelio Cudiamat of Co. “D,” Sgt. Fernando Martinez, Co. “K,” and Pfc. Rogerio Ramirez of Co. “D” left Balayan, Batangas on December 15, 1944 on [a] special mission to Taal, Batangas for the purpose of coordinating guerrilla action in view of [the] expected American landing. These five men were captured and

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

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