HISTORY OF THE LIPA HUNTERS OR ROTC GUERRILLAS
Col. Mann was also informed of the enemy positions at [the] Lipa fronts. He was also further informed of the extent of the guerrilla patrols and the road between Lipa and Ibaan. It was during this period that the Lipa Hunters were diverted into [a] combat unit. Lt. Aquino left Batangas on this date. On the following morning, Lt. Aquino and his party reported again to Col. Mann and they were given military transportation to Lemery by Col. Mann. Lt. Aquino and his men reached the GHQ of the Hunters and gave them all military information with regards to the enemy positions at Lipa. It was during our arrival that Lt. Aquino and his men were attached to the 158 RCT. It was also during this risky trip of Lt. Aquino and his men to Lemery that they acquired arms and ammunition. After the party had secured arms and plenty of ammunition, they returned to their temporary CP at Ibaan under military mission. Not long after, Lt. Aquino and his [men] arrived in their temporary CP at Ibaan when the first American unit under Major Armstrong and Lt. Hyman arrived in their premises. Upon arrival in our sector, they were informed of the enemy positions at Lipa to give them precaution in their advance. It was during this advance spearhead of the American unit that the Lipa Hunters had played an important part in their guerrilla activities. Some of our Lipa Hunters aided the CIC Detachment and some acted as guides of the American spearhead to Lipa. Some of the Lipa Hunters not only acted as guides but some of them were in the firing line and had seen action with the American advance forces at [the] Lipa fronts. The two courageous Hunters of the Lipa Unit under the command of Lt. Pedro Aquino were Sergeants Severino Librea and Nicasio Aquino, who volunteered themselves to guide the 511th A/B Inf. Regiment near the enemy line at the foot of Mt. Malarayat at Lipa near Sulok. These two sergeants were under the care of [the] S-3 of the 511th A/B Inf. Regt. They located plenty of Japanese ammunition and supplies in Barrio Sapac. They burned these war ammunition and supplies and returned to Lipa through the barrio of Munting Pulo. It was in this place that they met resistance from the Japanese stronghold. They received continuous firing from the thick bushes at a certain distance under the coconut and coffee plantation. Instantly, the American trench mortar barked and the firing from the bushes was silent. This outfit, with their two guides returned to the CP without casualty. During this time, the First Hunters Combat Battalion was still fighting at Cuenca, Batangas. The members of the Lipa Hunters Unit served as the vanguards of the Hunters organization during the first American advance units in the Lipa fronts.
Adjutant T-1 & Personnel
Lipa Hunters Unit
Notes and references:
1 “Lipa Town Unit, 2nd BN, 49th Regt., 47th Div, Hunters-ROTC,” File No. 307-40, online at the United States National Archives.