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 communications sent by the United States Army to Dominador Encarnado of the 6th Infantry Regiment McKinley Division about the unfavorable decision on the guerrilla outfit’s request for reconsideration.
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL
GSCPU 91 PI / 1583
23 JULY 1947
Mr. Dominador R. Encarnado
Dear Mr. Encarnado:
The Commanding General has directed that you be informed that the 6th Infantry, McKinley Division, Straughn’s FAIT, purporting to be a guerrilla organization under your nominal control, previously not favorably considered for recognition, has been reconsidered at your request.
A thorough review of the supporting papers of this organization, and a detailed examination of the additional evidence submitted with your request for reconsideration, together with a careful analysis of all other available information of the activities of your unit from its inception, scrutinzed in relation to the overall resistance movement, has again failed to reveal sufficient material to satisfy the requirements for recognition of your unit as an element of the Philippine Army in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States. The 6th Infantry, McKinley Division, Straughn’s FAIT is therefore not favorably reconsidered for modification of the original decision of non-recognition.
This letter constitutes the final determination of and action upon the claim for recognition of the 6th Infantry, McKinley Division, Straughn’s FAIT.
R. E. CANTRELL
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL
Lt Col W M Hanes:
1. The 6th Infantry, McKinley Division, Straughn’s FAIT, consisting of 2,252 members, has not been favorably considered for recognition. No members have been previously recognized.
2. This unit does not fulfill the five basic requirements for recognition. See attached reconsideration report.
3. There are no members worthy of recognition. A separate casualty roster has not been submitted. This unit has no legitimate casualties.
4. This report constitutes final action by this Headquarters on the subject unit.
[Sgd.] Pete C. Breaz
2nd Lt., Inf.
Concur: Capt E R Curtis, Chief Reconsideration Sec
Notes and references:
Concur: Capt R C Wilson, Chief, Casualty Sec
Concur: Maj C H Wentzell, Chief, Unit Inv Sec
Concur: Lt Col S J Palos, Chief, Unit Branch
Infantry Regt, McKinley Division, FAIT,” File No. 275-13, online at the United States National Archives.