The Fil-American Irregular Troops or FAIT was a large guerrilla organization founded by the retired United States Army Colonel Hugh Straughn and had many affiliate units in Southern Luzon, including Batangas. The 6th Infantry Regiment, McKinley Division, which operated in the town of Lemery, was one of these. In this page is a transcription1 of the initial investigative report on the regiment submitted to the United States Army by 2nd Lt. Leonard Aubuchon (US Army) and 1st Lt. Eliseo Sta. Romana (Philippine Army).
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC
G-3 GUERRILLA AFFAIRS BRANCH
28 June 1946
Vicente Salazar - Mayor of Lemery, Batangas
Chie of Police Atienza - Lemery, Batangas
Braulio Sedano - CO McKinley Div FAIT
Dominador Encarnado - Ex O 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Ricardo Mayuga - S-2 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Honrado Encarnacion - Comm O 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Jose Morano - Co CO 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Ciriaco Macalad - Co CO 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Glicerio Mendoza - Co CO 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Antonio Malabanan - Co CO 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Dominador Bardoza - Co CO 6th Infantry Regt FAIT
Jose Encarnacion - Plt Ldr th Infantry Regt FAIT
Pio R. Marasigan - Plt Ldr th Infantry Regt FAIT
Jovencio C. Magsino - Co CO th Infantry Regt FAIT
Mario I. Rosales - Pfc th Infantry Regt FAIT
Leoncio Maneja - Pfc th Infantry Regt FAIT
Prior to and during the investigation, every effort was made to contact Faustino Vargas, CO of this unit, but no contact with him was ever made because his present address is not known. The investigation of the unit was carried on through Exec Off Dominador Encarnado.
Each FAIT unit felt that they had as much claim to recognition as the Blue Eagle so they created large organizations on paper and submitted them for recognition.
2d Lt., FA
[Sgd.] ELISEO STA. ROMANA
1st Lt Inf (PA)
Notes and references:
1 “6th Infantry Regt, McKinley Division, FAIT,” File No. 275-13, online at the United States National Archives.