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 statements of one Juan M. Villegas, supposedly of the 1st Regiment, 6th Infantry, McKinley Division that were put on record by the United States Army relevant to the leadership of the subject guerrilla outfit.
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES WESTERN PACIFIC
G-3 Guerrilla Affairs Branch
Contact Team “E”
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17 December 1945
2. From February 1944 to February 1945, Longinos de Sacola was in command (David fled and remained in hiding).
3. From 22 February 1945 to now, Juan M. Villegas commanded.
4. Villegas (in the presence of David) now states David is the leader.
2. We snatched three rifles from the Jap garrison at Wawa.
3. We removed three or four pieces of track on the railroad to Laog.
4. Two small, wooden railroad bridges were burned.
5. Two locomotives and parts removed and were temporarily rendered unserviceable.
6. Two maps were stolen from the Wawa garrison (Jap) and sent to General Lim in Mindoro.
8. We sent approximately ten reports to Major Vanderpool through the ROTC at Cutad during 1945.
9. We saved three pilots that crashed in the ocean during December 1944.
10. We built three CP’s. The one at Natipuan had five cogon grass huts. The one at Balaytigui had three buildings. The one at Utod one building. Also, an evacuation center was started and three houses were built.
/t/ CHARLES P. MIDDLETON JR.
1st Lt Inf.
Contact Team E
2nd Lt, Inf
Notes and references:
1 “6th Infantry Regt, McKinley Division, FAIT,” File No. 275-13, online at the United States National Archives.