Final US Army Communication of Non-Recognition for the 2nd Regt Nasugbu FAIT - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore Final US Army Communication of Non-Recognition for the 2nd Regt Nasugbu FAIT - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Final US Army Communication of Non-Recognition for the 2nd Regt Nasugbu FAIT


The Fil-American Irregular Troops or FAIT was a large guerrilla organization that operated in Luzon during the Japanese occupation. It was founded by the retired US Army Colonel Hugh Straughn. It had many affiliated units in many towns of Batangas, including two regiments in the western Batangas town of Nasugbu. The 2nd Regiment is the second of these. In this page1 is a transcription of a final communication from the United States Army informing the 2nd Regiment of non-recognition after reconsideration.
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GSCPU 091 PI / 2183 APO 707
22 OCT 1947

Mr. Marelo T. Enriquez
Nasugbu, Batangas

Dear Mr. Enriquez:

That Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the 2nd Regiment, Nasugbu Fil-Americans, purporting to be a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, previously not favorably considered for recognition, has been reconsidered at your request.

A thorough review of the supporting papers of this organization, and a detailed examination of the additional evidence submitted with your request for reconsideration, together with a careful analysis of all other available information of the activities of your unit from its inception, scrutinized in relation to the overall resistance movement, has again failed to reveal sufficient material to satisfy the requirements for recognition of your unit as an element of the Philippine Army in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States. The 2nd Regiment, Nasugbu Fil-American unit is, therefore, not favorably reconsidered for modification of the original decision of non-recognition.

This letter constitutes the final determination of and action upon the claim for recognition of the 2nd Regiment, Nasugbu Fil-Americans guerrilla unit.



Lt Col Wallace M Hanes:

1. The 2nd Regiment, Nasugbu Fil-Amerians, under the command of Marcelo T. Enriquez, consisting of approximately, 1,500 men, has not been favorably reconsidered for recognition. No members have previously been recognized.
2. This unit does not fulfill the requirements of the five basic points for recognition. See attached reconsideration report.
3. No casualty roster has been submitted. It is recommended that no casualty claims be favorably considered.
4. It is further recommended that all individual non-casualty claims be withdrawn and considered unfavorably.
5. This report constitutes the final action by this headquarters on the request for recognition of the 2nd Regiment, Nasugbu Fil-Americans.

[Sgd.] 2d Lt Raul Diaz de Rivera

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Concur: Capt S C Buchanan, Chief Reconsideration Sec

Concur: Maj R V Sloan, Chief Individual Branch

Concur: Capt E R Curtis, Chief, Unit Branch

Notes and references:
1 “2nd Regiment, Nasugbu FAIT,” File No. 110-51, online at PVAO.
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