The Pandita Unit was a guerrilla organization organized in the town of Bauan, Batangas. It was supposedly affiliated with the 6th Military District under Col. Macario Peralta which was based in the island of Panay in the Visayas. Also affiliated with this district is the Lobo Unit, the documents of which are also posted in this web site. In this particular document1, one Vicente Conti, a Regimental S-1 (personnel officer) of the Pandita Area unit, narrated his own history and activities while with the Pandita Area Guerrillas. This was submitted to the United States Army as among the “evidences” needed to obtain official recognition.
: Personal History and Activities in the Organization.
: Whom it may concern.
(contd; Pers Hist)
no delay in offering all that we could to help facilitate their steady advance going [to the] north and eastern parts of Batangas. We had some of our men under Lt. Gregorio B. Fider of our organization join the “L” Company of the said regiment. Lt. Fider worked with Capt Welkie in his CP. In addition to giving our men, we gave them also all pertinent info regarding the positions and activities as well as strength of the enemy. Our men helped as guides and assisted in patrol and guard duties. We had also some 30 men under Lt. Castillo who joined the 3rd Bn of [the] same regiment who went to Cuenca from Lemery. We had our main headquarters located at Aplaya, Bauan, where most U.S. Army officers, some from the 11th Airborne, made their contact to get men and all the necessary aid that we could give them. We served the 158th Regimental Combat Team for around four weeks. Thereafter, we were attached to the “B” and “D” Btry of the 382nd AAA AW Bn, under Capt Berg and Capt Preslock, respectively. Capt Preslock, CO of Btry “D,” had his headquarters in Aplaya, Bauan. To facilitate communication, they connected our headquarters with a single telephone line. I worked with Lt. Laumoreaux, Ex-O of Capt Preslock. We had some two hundred men who were attached to the said batteries. Their assignments were made in rotation. We had 30 men in Btry “D” and 30 men in Btry “B” on active duty every day for nine weeks. The last group of our men under Lt. Gregorio B. Fider was released from this unit last 22 May 1945.”
2nd Lt., CE
Adjutant, 867th EAB
Notes and references:
1 “Pandita Area, Free Luzon Intelligence Echelon, 6th MD, [Folder 4],” online at the United States National Archives.