US Army Letter Informing 2nd Regt Nasugbu FAIT of Non-Recognition - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

US Army Letter Informing 2nd Regt Nasugbu FAIT of Non-Recognition

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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, on Captain R. E. Cantrell of the US Army’s Adjutant General’s Office wrote to Lt. Col. Marcelino Enriquez to inform him of the non-favorable decision on his guerrilla unit’s request for recognition.
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HEADQUARTERS
PHILIPPINES-RYUKYUS COMMAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL

GSCPU 091 PI / 296 APO 707
27 FEB 1947


Mr. Marcelino Enriquez
1191 Trabajo
Manila, P.I.

Dear Mr. Enriquez:

The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the 2nd Regiment, Nasugbu FAIT, purporting to be a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, is not favorably considered for recognition as an element of the Philippine Army.

A set of general requirements for guerrilla recognition, established by General MacArthur during the liberation of the Philippines, has been used as a guide in considering the record of this unit. After careful investigation and full consideration of all substantiating records and testimony of witnesses having pertinent knowledge, recognition of this guerrilla unit is not deemed to be warranted because of the reasons mentioned below:

a. Record of service was not substantiated by sufficient acceptable evidence.
b. The unit was not maintained satisfactorily in the field in opposition to the enemy.
c. Activities of the unit did not contribute materially to the eventual defeat of the enemy.
d. Members of the unit did not devote their entire effort to military activities in the field to the exclusion of normal civilian occupation and family obligations.

It is requested that you comply with the provisions of Executive Order No. 68, by the President of the Philippines, dated 26 September 1945, copy attached.

Sincerely,

R. E. CANTRELL
CAPTAIN, AGD
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL


1 Inc
Executive Order No. 68,
dated 26 Sept 45


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Col G F Lillard:

1. The 2nd Regt. Nasugbu FAIT, consisting of approximately 1,500 men under the command of Marcelino Enriquez, has not been favorably considered for recognition. This is an initial investigation of the subject unit.

2. This unit does not fulfill the requirements of the five basic points for recognition. See Team Leader’s Report.

3. No useful purpose will be served by further investigation of this unit.

4. No members of this unit is worthy of recognition and a casualty roster has been submitted.



[Sgd.] Capt C G Fernando

1. Concur: Maj C M Wentzell, Chief, Unit Investigation

2. Concur: Lt Col S J Palos, Chief, Unit Branch

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

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