Maj. Blaise Huebsch's Report on the Joe Perez Forces, October 1945 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Maj. Blaise Huebsch's Report on the Joe Perez Forces, October 1945

The Joe Perez’s Forces of the Batangas Military Army, which claimed to have been affiliated with the guerrilla organization of Bernard Anderson, was formed by one Conrado T. Limjoco, who was also the supposed commander of the half of this guerrilla organization that operated in Batangas from Calaca to Nasugbu. The organization would fail to gain official recognition by the United States Army, but as was the case in many other guerrilla outfits, some of its individual members did obtain recognition, if with other groups. In this page is a transcription1 of a report filed by one Major Blaise Huebsch after his investigation of the Joe Perez’s Forces.
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HEADQUARTERS
US ARMY TRAINING GROUP, AFPAC
Guerrilla Affairs Section

APO 500
30 October 1945

Upon orders of the Chief of Section, Guerrilla Affairs Section, this headquarters, Contact Team “D” proceeded to the Headquarters of USAFFE Luzon Guerrilla Forces (Joe Perez’s Forces) located at 6 R. Pascual, San Juan, Rizal to determine the feasibility of it being recognized and eventually inducted into the Philippine Army.

(HISTORICAL DATA)

This unit was organized shortly after the Japanese invasion at Sorsogon, Bicol Province by the present commander, Conrado T. Limjoco alias Joe Perez, former supervisor of the Bicol mines. Because Limjoco had no military experience, he turned the command over to Dominador Bello, former 2nd Lt, USAFFE. Bello split the district into two sectors — one half of Batangas (Nasugbu to Calaca) was commanded by Limjoco, the other half (Napoleon to Malolos) was commanded by Candido Lopez. The only activities were to distributed Pro-Allied propaganda which was published by other guerrilla units. Sometime in late 1943, the Headquarters of Lt. Col. Bernard L. Anderson was contacted and from then until January 1944, some five intelligence reports were supposed to have been submitted. In March 1944, three of the members were caught trying to smuggle arms near Lian, Batangas. The town was zonified by the Japanese and the unit claims that 48 of the members were killed by the Japanese.

Second Lieutenant Jonson (PA) was presented to the Contact Team as the CO of its most active unit. Lieutenant Jonson told how groups of from 10 to 30 of his men were used by the 11th Airborne Division, unit designation unknown, as security patrols in and around Lian. Lieutenant Jonson had given the same story to this Contact Team about three months ago, except that at that time, he had claimed to be part of the 2nd Infantry Regiment, McKinley Division, under Colonel Hugh Straughn, one of the units presented by Manuel Dikit for recognition.

(POLITICAL ASPECTS)

It is not believed that this unit is involved in politics, local or national.

(RECOMMENDATIONS)

Recommend this unit be not recognized.

[Sgd.] BLAISE W. HUEBSCH
Major, CAC
Leader, Contact Team “D”

DECLASSIFIED
DOD Directive No. 5200.9
27 Sept 1958



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Notes and references:
1 “Joe Perez Forces, Anderson’s Guerrillas,” File No. 101-15, online at the United States National Archives.

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