The Hunters-ROTC was a large guerrilla organization founded in Rizal but which relocated its headquarters to the western Batangas town of Nasugbu as the liberation of Luzon neared. It had many units operating in many areas of Luzon and its 49th Regiment was based in Batangas. The Civilian Liberation Volunteers was from all indications a group of labor volunteers who helped the US Army during the liberation of Batangas and was attached to the units of the Hunters-ROTC Guerrilla organization. In this page is a transcription1 of a letter from the United States Army to one Lt. Patricio Abu, Alitagtag Town Commander of the Hunters-ROTC, about his request for the recognition of the Civilian Liberation Volunteers.
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL
5 Apr 1947
Lieutenant Patricio M. Abu
Dear Lieutenant Abu:
This will acknowledge receipt on 8 March 1947 of the Record of Activities and Roster of [the] Civilian Liberation Volunteers forwarded to this office by Colonel Terry “Magtangol” Adevoso.
Patriotic civilians the world over have freely given their services to volunteer organizations and rendered valuable services in their free time to promote the safety of civilian populations and protect important installations during the recent world crisis.
The thanks of their fellow men, and the satisfaction of a job well done, are the gratuities extended to them by a grateful world.
Your and all other similar organizations throughout the world should derive great personal satisfaction from the many part-time and off-duty jobs you have undertaken. It is, indeed, fortunate that a people in time of national crisis will cooperate wholeheartedly for the common benefit, without thought of personal remuneration or gain.
In view of the fact that there is no evidence that the individuals listed in the roster of [the] Civilian Liberation Volunteers have been performing full-time work as a military unit, to the exclusion of all civilian pursuits, this headquarters cannot favorably consider any request for recognition or remuneration.
[Signatory not shown.]
Col. Gerald F. Lillard:
Basic, ltr fr Lt. Patricio M. Abu to CG, PHILRYCOM, dtd 20 Feb 47, requesting recognition of [the] Civilian Liberation Volunteers.
1st Lt George E. Kemper
Concur: Major C. H. Wentzell, Actg Chief, Unit Branch
Notes and references:
“Ocampo Bn, 47th
Div, HUNTERS-ROTC,” File No. 307-37, online at the United States National Archives.