Vanderpool's Letter to Major Calixto Gasilao, July 1948 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Vanderpool's Letter to Major Calixto Gasilao, July 1948

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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 one Calixto Gasilao dated July 1948. Gasilao was a former guerrilla commander based in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Maj. Jay D. Vanderpool
Left: Col. Vanderpool. Image credit:  ARSOF History. Right: Filipino soldiers being inspected. Image credit: US National Archives.

Headquarters, XXIV Corps, Army
Office of the AC of S, G-2
10 July 1948

Major Calixto Gasilao
Department of Finance
Bureau of Customs
Republic of the Philippines
Manila

Dear Major Gasilao:

I am in receipt of your letter of the 2nd of June 1948 in which you have requested that I sign additional copies of my letter of the 16th of September 1947 to the Commanding General, Philrycom regarding the claims of your organization for recompense for services rendered during the war.

The copies which you forwarded have been signed and are returned herewith. It is hoped that these may prove to be of value to you and your men when you present your case to the Chief of Claims Service.

As you will note by the heading, I am now in Korea. I am stationed in Seoul with the Headquarters, XXIV Corps and assigned to the G-2 Section.

We are in a very interesting spot to observe first-hand the machinations of the Cold War. You and your men would well appreciate the condition in which the people of Korea find themselves. They, too, are struggling for a free nation and the right to rule themselves.

As you know, the United Nations has sent a Commission to observe the election and the establishment of a Government entirely of Korean peoples. It is my fondest hope that the ambitions of these freedom-loving people may be realized.

Please extend my regards to Colonel Adevoso and the others with whom we worked during the war.

If I can be of any other assistance, please feel free to call upon me. I travel considerably and sometimes my mail fails to reach me but I always attempt to assist the old Guerrilleros when it is feasible.

Sincerely yours,

(Sgd) JAY D. VANDERPOOL
Lieut. Colonel GSC

Notes and references:
1 “Hunters-ROTC Guerrillas,” Box 258, Entry 1094, Philippine Archive Collection, Record Group 407, online at the United States National Archives.

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