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December 29, 2017

US Army Letter Recognizing Company A of the Lipa Guerrilla Unit, January 1946

The Lipa Guerrilla Regiment used to be known as the “Second Batangas Regiment” when it was affiliated with the Marking’s Guerrillas of Marcos Agustin. It was formed by a former USAFFE officer named Felino Paran. Upon Paran’s capture by the Japanese, command was assumed by Miguel Lina and became known as the “Lipa Guerrilla Unit.” The organization ultimately failed to collectively gain official recognition by the United States Army, but some of its members did get this coveted accolade. In this document1, one Lt. Frank Kleager, writing on behalf of Lt. General Styer, wrote a memorandum to recognize Company “A” of the Lipa Guerrilla Unit.

HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC

GSCPG 091 PI/ Guerrilla APO 707
19 JAN 1946

SUBJECT

T0

: Recognition of Guerrilla Unit.

: Chief of Staff, Philippine Army, APO 501.

1. The following guerrilla unit is recognized by the Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific, as having been an authorized element of this command from 9 January 1945 to 30 July 1945:

Company "A" Lipa Guerrilla Unit STRENGTH
150

2. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 21, by the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, dated 26 October 1944, the status of the members of this unit, during the period above specified, was that of officers and enlisted men of the Philippine Army.

3. It is desired that payment of this unit for the period above specified be expedited by Finance Officers of the Philippine Army.

4. Under the provisions of Executive Order No. 68, by the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, dated 26 September 1945, all officers and enlisted men of this unit, other than those who are members of the Regular Force or the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army, will be considered as having been discharged from the Philippine Army as of 31 July 1945.

BY COMMAND OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL STYER:

FRANK J. KLEAGER
1st LT. INF.
ASST ADJ GEN

1 Incl:

Roster of Unit. (5 copies)

Basis for recognition:

Personal investigation by Major Otti indicated the unit gave substantial aid to the 11 AB Division during operations in Batangas. It also appears the unit was organized and functioned as an active unit during the occupation.

Strength – 150



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Notes and references:

1 “Lipa Guerrilla Regiment Paran’s Unit,” File No. 23, online at PVAO.


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