Col. Jay D. Vanderpool was the Liaison Officer sent by Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) Command to southern Luzon, including Batangas, to coordinate guerrilla activities in the area in preparation for the Allied invasion. Transcriptions of a selection of his communications either with guerrilla units or offices of the United States Army are compiled in this section. In this page is a transcription1 of a communication from Vanderpool to the Commanding General of the Philippines-Ryukyus Command (PHILRYCOM) with information on the Hunters-ROTC guerrilla organization.
|Left: Col. Vanderpool. Image credit: ARSOF History. Right: Filipino soldiers being inspected. Image credit: US National Archives.|
[Letter from Capt. George Smith]
Washington, D. C.
5 August 1947
: HUNTERS (ROTC) Guerrillas
: Commanding General
Philippines Ryukyus Command
Attention: Guerrilla Affairs Division, A. C. of S., G-3
peared before your review board as guerrillas with the expectation of receiving back-pay, and that there were possibly other and larger organizations devoted to intelligence and sabotage missions which did not come to my attention, but that this organization be established as one of the larger and earliest underground organizations in the MANILA area.
t/ JAY D. VANDERPOOL
CERTIFIED TRUE COPY:
Acting Director, Team #2
Notes and references:
1 “Hunters-ROTC Guerrillas,” Box 246, Entry 1087, Philippine Archive Collection, Record Group 407, online at the United States National Archives.