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 an exchange of communications between Dominador Encarnado of the 6th Infantry and the Philippines-Ryukyus Command (PHILRYCOM) of the United States Army.
117 Bambang, Pasig, Rizal
October 15, 1947
The Commanding General
G-3 Guerrilla Affairs Section
APO 707, PHILRYCOM
SUBJECT: 6th Infantry Fil-American Irregular Troops, McKinley Division
I understand that a letter from your office has been addressed to the undersigned at Lemery, Batangas in connection with the abovementioned unit.
I have been living in Pasig, Rizal since July of this year and, therefore, I was not able to receive said letter and know its contents. I was informed, however, that it has something to do with the non-recognition of said unit. Said letter was received at Lemery sometime last month or two ago — I am not sure.
In this connection, I beg to advise that I was recently advised by the Division Commander of the McKinley Division, Col. Braulio D. Sedana, that the revised roster with the strength of 400 men, supporting evidences and other pertinent papers of this particular unit have not been submitted by Col. Sedano due to his recent illness which confines him at the Quezon Institute, which undoubtedly contributed to the unit being turned down.
In view of the foregoing, if the unit has really been turned down, I respectfully request that I be allowed to submit the reduced roster and supporting evidenes that are still in the Headquarters of the McKinley Division in Pasig, Rizal.
Considering that the deadline for the recognition of guerrillas is only up to the end of this year, I would greatly appreciate your immediate attention on this matter.
Yours ver respectfully,
[Sgd.] DOMINADOR R. ENCARNADO
6th Infantry, Fil-
American Irregular Troops
[RESPONSE OF PHILRYCOM TO ENCARNADO]
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL
GSCPU 91 PI / 2269
6 NOV 1947
Mr. Dominador Encarnado
Dear Mr. Encarnado:
This will acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 15 October 1947, requesting a copy of the letter of this headquarters, dated 23 July 1947, sent to you at Lemery, Batangas.
A copy of this letter is enclosed for your information as you request. It is desired to point out that this letter constituted the final determination of and action upon the request for recognition of this unit.
With reference to your allegation that recognition was not granted this unit because of the failure of Mr. Braulio D. Sedana to submit additional papers and a screened roster of the unit, your attention is invited to the second paragraph of the letter of this headquarters, dated 23 July 1947, wherein the reasons for non-recognition of this unit are presented.
Concerning your request for permission to submit a new unit roster in reduced strength, it is considered that the submission of a new unit roster constitutes a new unit request for recognition. Inasmuch as the closing date for the acceptance of unit requests was 15 March 1946, such a request would not now be acceptable for consideration.
We regret that a more favorable reply to your letter of 15 October 1947 cannot be made.
THOMAS J BROWN
ASST ADJ GEN
Ltr to Dominador R. Encarnado
Notes and references:
this Hq, dtd 23 July 1947
Infantry Regt, McKinley Division, FAIT,” File No. 275-13, online at the United States National Archives.