Vanderpool's Memo Disseminating Instructions from GHQ-SWPA to Loyal Guerrillas, Jan 45 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Vanderpool's Memo Disseminating Instructions from GHQ-SWPA to Loyal Guerrillas, Jan 45

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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 memorandum issued by Vanderpool to all loyal guerrillas and citizens containing additional instructions from the General Headquarters of the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) Command.
Maj. Jay D. Vanderpool
Left: Col. Vanderpool. Image credit:  ARSOF History. Right: Filipino soldiers being inspected. Image credit: US National Archives.

UNITED STATES PHILIPPINE ISLANDS FORCES
JOINT INTELLIGENCE CENTRAL NUMBER ONE
CENTRAL LUZON

9 January 1945

SUBJECT
TO
: Additional Instructions from GHQ SWPA
: All Loyal Guerrillas and Loyal Civilians.

1. The following message has just been received by this Headquarters from GENERAL MACARTHUR’S HEADQUARTERS:

“YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY AND CONTINUOUSLY PERFORM ALL POSSIBLE SABOTAGE OF ENEMY TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATIONS, SUPPLY AND AMMUNITION DUMPS PERIOD MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION OF AIRCRAFT AMMUNITION, GASOLINE AND OTHER SUPPLY INSTALLATIONS, POWER LINES, ROLLING STOCK, RAILROAD TRACKS, VEHICLES AND EVERY OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION”

2. This information will be forwarded and spread to all known loyal people so that the maximum destruction of enemy equipment will be possible.

3. Employ the Inter-Guerrilla Courier Service to the fullest extent to carry out the orders of our Commander-in-Chief, General Douglas MacArthur.

4. Every loyal person who receives this communication is enjoined to strike the enemy with all power at his disposal in order to carry out these orders.

[Sgd.] JAY D. VANDERPOOL
Major, General Staff Corps,
U.S. Army

Distribution:
To all Loyal Guerrilla Organizations.



Notes and references:
1 “Taparan’s Unit (Independent),” File No. 206-1, online at the United States National Archives.

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