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Documents Related to the Lipa Town Units’ Application for Recognition

The Hunters-ROTC was one of the largest guerrilla outfits that operated in Southern Luzon during the Japanese occupation and was also involved in the liberation with United States Army Forces. The Lipa Town Unit was one of its components operating in the Province of Batangas. The unit’s application for recognition by the United States Army was subsequently withdrawn by the organization’s higher command, but the documents from its application are nonetheless included for historical purposes. In this page are transcriptions1 of a number of documents related to the Lipa Town Unit’s application for recognition by the United States Army.
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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC

CHECK SHEET

Do not remove from attached sheets.

FILE NO.               SUBJECT:


(1) FROM:     G-3
2nd Lt. V. Smolen
TO:
    Capt. D. C. Murray

1. Col. Terry Adevoso has requested that the “Hunters Lipa Town Unit” be withdrawn from the files and that no further action be taken on this unit.

2. The reasons for this request by Col. Adevoso is that twelve (12) men in the roster submitted are already on the roster of another unit, the “47th Regt, 47th Div Hunters ROTC Guerrillas,” which is pending investigation.

[Handwritten.] OK Douglas C. Murray

[Handwritten.] 5 June 46

2nd Lt. V. Smolen, 01339119

[Handwritten] INCL # 1

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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

091 PI APO 707
18 Apr 46

Mr. Pedro G. Aquino
Lipa Hunters Unit
3rd Bn, 49th Regt.
Lipa, Batangas

Dear Mr. Aquino:

Your letter dated 22 March 1945 requesting information has been received.

Your application for unit recognition has been filed in this headquarters pending further investigation. A great number of similar applications requiring investigation has been received and a considerable delay is to be expected before final action in your case. However, your application will receive attention at the earliest practicable date and you will be informed promptly when a determination is reached.

It is requested that you defer further inquiry regarding the status of your application for at least 60 days. Such inquiries are neither necessary nor desirable because of the time consumed in additional correspondence and interviews serves to delay final disposition.

Sincerely yours,

W. P. MOORE
Colonel, ADG
Ass’t Adj Gen

Lt. Col. H. L. SHAFTOE:

Ltr fr Mr. Pedro G. Aquino dated 22 March 1946 requesting information regarding the Lipa Hunters Unit received.

Application for recognition of above named unit is in this headquarters pending investigation and they will be notified when a determination has been reached.

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HUNTERS VETERANS LEGION
1615 Andalucia, Manila

16 September 1946

SUBJECT


TO
: Withdrawal of Units' Requests for Recognition from
   GAB, G-3, AFWESPAC File, request for.

: The Chief of Guerrilla Affairs Branch,
   G-3, AFWESPAC

1. Request withdrawal of all recognition requests from my organization, the Hunters or ROTC Guerrillas.

2. Exceptions to this request are the cases of the “Bisumi Fighters” of the Batanes Islands and that of the guerrilla casualties.

3. Request further that this be granted after the announcement of official recognition of the “1st Hunters-ROTC Guerrilla Cadre Regiment” which includes most of the strictly deserving members of my unit.

s/ Terry “Magtangol” Adevoso
t/ TERRY “MAGTANGOL” ADEVOSO
Major, INF., 042208 PA
Acting Legion Commander






REPRODUCED:

28 Feb 47





[Sgd.] PROTACIO CABIAO
1st Lt Inf AUS
Chief, Records Section

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HQ HUNTERS OR ROTC GUERRILLAS
LIPA HUNTERS UNIT
3rd Bn, 49th Regt.

091 PI 22 March 1946

SUBJECT
TO
: INFORMATION
: GUERRILLA AFFAIRS BRANCH
   (Philippine Army Div, AFWESPAC)
   APO 707

1. I have the honor to ask information from your Office the present status of the List of Officers and enlisted-men mentioned in the Certificate of Attachment made by Capt. Wilton Liebskind of the 221 Medical Co. A/B Div. together with the supporting papers connected therewith;

2. Said list of Officers and enlisted-men are 12 members of the Lipa Hunters Unit of Lipa, Batangas, which is not yet recognized. It was submitted to that office for recognition through Col. Quintin Gellidon of the Loyalty Status Board H. P. A. upon the request of the undersigned;

3. Attached herewith is a certified true copy of my request to Col. Gellidon for reference to those papers;

4. Any information and thoughtful consideration extended in connection with those papers is highly appreciated by our Unit.

[Sgd.] PEDRO G. AQUINO
2nd Lt. Inf. Guer.
Adjutant
Lipa Hunters Unit
3rd Bn. 49th Regt.


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.

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