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 letter he sent to a Lt. Grant Wilcox of the Office of the Chief of Claims Service about the guerrillas in Luzon.
|Left: Col. Vanderpool. Image credit: ARSOF History. Right: Filipino soldiers being inspected. Image credit: US National Archives.|
27 September 1947
APO 707 (Manila)
Mr. Grant S. Wilcox
Assistant Director, Team #2
Office of the Chief of Claims Service
Japanese during the Occupation, the more anxious they were to show that they were among the leaders of the resistance movements. I am firmly convinced that some of the major organizations in downtown Manila did not do a thing for the liberation of the Philippines except talk until the day they came in contact with our troops.
one rifle for each twenty men. They expected to be issued a carbine, ammunition, shoes, and “C” rations. When they reported in, I would line up the column and tell the commander to march them down to report to the Beachmaster. They had volunteered for service and this was the way that they could be of most assistance. We turned out thousands to work on the roads which we required for tactical operations. These roads should have been repaired several years before, anyway, so they were just doing something that a good citizen should do for his community.
are based upon my knowledge of those men who were actually committed to action under my orders or worked with me prior to the landing operations.
/s/ Jay D. Vanderpool
/t/ Jay D. Vanderpool
CERFITIED TRUE COPY:
GEORGE R. PHILIP, JR.
Notes and references:
1 “Hunters-ROTC Guerrillas,” Box 258, Entry 1094, Philippine Archive Collection, Record Group 407, online at the United States National Archives.