Vanderpool's Memo Requiring Organizational Reports from Guerrilla Groups, March 1945


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 asking organization reports of all guerrilla commanders under Vanderpool’s jurisdiction in southern Luzon.
Maj. Jay D. Vanderpool
Left: Col. Vanderpool. Image credit:  ARSOF History. Right: Filipino soldiers being inspected. Image credit: US National Archives.
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Office of the Guerrilla Affairs
11th Airborne Division

5 March 1945

: Organizational Report
: See Distribution

1. GHQ SWPA and the Philippine Commonwealth Government have directed that this office submit a report of the entire guerrilla activities, as complete as possible, to serve as a guide in the selection of civil officials, candidates for the Philippine Army and Philippine Constabulary.

2. This report will cover three phases. First, that period between the organization of the unit and the American Landing at Nasugbu on 31 January 1945. Second, the tactical operations between 31 January 1945 and 1 March 1945. Third, records of units and individuals attached to the 11th Airborne Division.

3. These reports must be submitted before 15 March 1945 in order that they can be approved by the Guerrilla Affairs Officer prior to his departure. It will not be feasible to have records or recommendations approved by the present Guerrilla Affairs Officer after that date.

4. Separate reports will be submitted for each of the following:

(a) Roster of officers and men attached to the 11th Airborne Division with the following information about each individual:

1. Full name
2. Guerrilla rank
3. Age, weight and height
4. Date of joining organization
5. Full time duty, part time duty, or reserve status
6. Former USAFFE, Philippine Scout or Philippine Constabulary with former unit, serial number and date of surrender of unit, last held rank.
7. Educational attainment:

(b) Complete roster of all units by Division, Regiment, Battalion and Company showing duty assignments.

(c) Narrative of chronological history of organization information as possible is desired.

(d) Killed in action prior to 31 January 1945.

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Organizational Report – 1

(e) Wounded in action prior to 31 January 1945.

(f) Enemy force killed in action prior to 31 Jan 1945.

(g) Chronological report of combat action in support of the 11th Airborne Division to include battles, patrols, and guard duties performed and towns liberated.

(h) Killed in action from 31 Jan 1945 to date of attachment to 11th Airborne Division.

(i) Prisoners of war captured and turned over to the U. S. Army.

(j) Enemy property captured and turned over to the U. S. Army.

(k) Sabotage missions accomplished prior to 31 Jan ’45.

5. Names of officers and men whose outstanding performance of duty merits official recognition and citation with the details of their accomplishments and award recommended.

Major, GSC
Guerrilla Affairs Officer


1 CO, Erne’s Unit
1 CO, Hunters (ROTC)
1 CO, CastaƱeda’s Unit
1 CO, Magirog’s Division
1 CO, Taparan’s Unit(br /> 1 CO, PQOG (Valenzona)
1 CO, Saulog’s Unit
1 CO, Nasugbu Fil-Americans
1 CO, Gagalac’s Unit
1 CO, Licopa’s Unit
1 CO, Rillo-Neri Unit
1 CO, Ilagan’s Unit
1 CO, Liberators’ Unit
1 Soriano
1 Vovencia
1 CO, Sixth Army
1 File

Notes and references:
1 “1st Regt., Nasugbu-FAIT,” File 110-52, online at the United States National Archives.
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