Assorted Documents on the Ambulong Unit's Application for Official Recognition - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Assorted Documents on the Ambulong Unit's Application for Official Recognition

The Ambulong Unit was a guerrilla organization operating out of the town of Tanauan and was affiliated with the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas (PQOG), a large organization that operated in southern Luzon during the Japanese occupation and the liberation. It was purportedly commanded by one Amador Suarez. This unit failed to obtain official recognition from the United States Army but, as was the case with other units of the PQOG, had some of its members recognized because their names were included in the composite roster submitted to the US Army by the overall command of the PQOG. In this page are transcriptions1 of various documents related to the Ambulong Unit’s application for official recognition by the US Army.

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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI / 443 APO 707
19 MAR 1947

Mr. Amador Suarez
Tanauan, Batangas
Philippines

Dear Mr. Suarez:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the Ambulong Unit, 46th Infantry, 45th Division (PQOG), purporting to be a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, has not been favorably considered for recognition.

It is felt that the recognition extended to personnel of the PQOG General Headquarters and of the 2nd Infantry Regiment, President Quezon’s Own Guerrilla (PQOG), a composite unit from the overall command, constitutes just and adequate acknowledgement of military service.

This decision does not preclude individual request for casualty recognition by injured personnel or their heirs. Upon request from interested individuals, appropriate casualty forms will be forwarded.

Sincerely,

THOMAS J. BROWN
CWO, USA
ASST ADJ GEN




Col Gerald F Lillard:

Basic, ltr fr Amador Suarez to CG, PHILRYCOM, requesting recgn of the Ambulong, 46th Inf, 45th Div (PQOG).

[Sgd.] 1st Lt Charles L Homewood

Concur: Major C. H. Wentzell
Acting Chief, Unit Branch

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HEADQUARTERS
PRESIDENT QUEZON’S OWN GUERRILLAS
Manila

30 January 1947

SUBJECT


TO
: Withdrawalof Units' Requests for Recognition
   from GAD, G-3, PHILRYCOM file, Request for

: The Chief of Guerrilla Affairs Division
>    G-3, PHILRYCOM

1. Request withdrawal of all recognition requests from my organization, the President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas, or PQOG.

2. Exceptions to this request are the revisions of dates for the recognized members of my command and the recognition of PQOG guerrilla casualties.

3. Request further that this be granted after the announcement of official recognition of the “PQOG General Headquarters” and the “2nd Inf Regt, PQOG (Composite Unit)” which included the most deserving members of my command.

s/ Vicente S. Umali
t/ VICENTE S. UMALI
Col Inf 0-48192 (Grla)
Commanding





REPRODUCED:
10 March 1947



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

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AMBULONG UNIT
PQOG

20 April 1946

SUBJECT

TO
: Contact and Investigation

: Guerrilla Affairs Sec, AFWESPAC

1. Request that the contact and investigation of the AMBULONG UNIT be made at the same time with the contact and investigation of the LAUREL UNIT of Talisay, Batangas, for the following reasons:

2. That this unit is a part of the regiment as shown in the endorsement signed by Lt. Col. Laurel in our original communication sent with the roster.

3. That the unit is located near the place of the Laurel Unit.

4. That this will save time in the contact and investigation as they are located near each other.

[Sgd.] AMADOR SUAREZ
Major, Infantry
Commanding


HEADQUARTERS
PQOG COMMAND


1st Endorsement
26 April 1946

1. Forwarded recommending approval.

2. Abovementioned unit is a part of the 146th Inf Regt, PQOG, under Lt. Col. Laurel.

[Sgd.] VICENTE UMALI
Colonel, Infantry
Commanding

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HEADQUARTERS
“AMBULONG UNIT”
PRESIDENT QUEZON’S OWN GUERRILLAS

3 January 1946

SUBJECT

TO
: Recognition of Guerrillas

: Guerrilla Affairs Section, AFWESPAC APO 707
   (Thru Channels)

1. Request that the “AMBULONG UNIT,” PQOG, be recognized. The unit consists of one battalion. One Company actively joined the 11th Airborne troops and the 1st Cavalry Division.

2. Attached is the roster of troops of this battalion and the history and activities of same.

3. This unit was organized October 1942 and has maintained the organization up to the liberation.

[Sgd.] AMADOR SUAREZ
Major, INF
Commanding

[p. 5]

HEADQUARTERS
11th Airborne Division
APO 468

Number 187-21 Date March 8, 1945

This pass identifies Capt Julio R. Narvaez, USAFFE, as a guerrilla attached to the 11th Airborne Division, as Military Intelligence Officer.

By Command of Major General SWING:

s/ Robert E. Conine
t/ ROBERT E. CONINE
Lt Col, A. G. D.
Adjutant General

(Sgd) C. U. Schommer
Commanding

A TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] RAMON C. SALAS
Major, JAGS
SJA, PROC BR.,
APO 707

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2 April 1945

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Capt Narvaez is an officer in charge of Guerrillas in the area of Tanauan. He is given authority to ride on government transportation.

(Sgd) Thomas A Barrow
1st Lieut, Cav
Tr E, 8th Cav
Commanding

A TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] RAMON C. SALAS
Major, JAGS
SJA, PROC BR,
RPD, AFWESPAC
APO 707


Notes and references:
1 “Ambulong Unit, 57th Inf, 45th Div, I Corps, PQOG,” File No. 271-20, online at the United States National Archives.

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