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Mang Berting,  Revenge Bataan Unit,  etc (Read 6312 times)
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Mang Berting,  Revenge Bataan Unit,  etc
May 23rd, 2005, 2:15am
 
Hi All,
October, 2001, Mang Berting was in his 70s, and he told his Flying Column story at a medical clinic in Antipolo, Rizal.
He said he was a member of the Philippine Scouts and  Revenge Bataan Unit, who met the 1st Cav Div at Lingayen. Revenge Bataan Unit was formed by Major James C. Gerhart for the anti-aircraft gunners at Clark Field; they came from Carlsbad, New Mexico.  There were 83 men from New Mexico,  in  Revenge Bataan Unit when Clark Field was attacked. Sergeants Joseph Stanley Smith and Paul "Doc" Womack were two of the anti-aircraft gunners from New Mexico who were part of Revenge Bataan Unit.

Did  Revenge Bataan Unit add guerrillas and Philippine Scouts to their ranks? What were their names? How did RBU survive 1942 -1945? Where were they? Whose guerrillas did they affiliate with? Who was the leader at Lingayen? How many went to Santo Tomas Internment Camp? After that, did they go up near Antipolo?

Any ideas about any part of this note?

Lastly, I need your help to locate Mang Berting  for an interview for the documentary Flying Column Writing Project.   His name may be Alberto or Roberto  and could be known to many as Uncle Berting.
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Reply #1 - Jul 4th, 2005, 5:11am
 
The Unit referred to as the "Avengers of Bataan" was the 38th INF, not the 1st CAV.  The 38th was named the "Avengers of Bataan", because they took Bataan back from the Japanese.

Also, Paul Womack was released from a POW Camp in Japan, after the war, so he could not have been a part of the liberation of Manila or of the Philippines.

My gut feeling is that Mang Berting's story got jumbled up somehow, with parts of other stories.  To my knowledge, no group of men, specifically from Carlblad, NM, ever came back to fight in the Liberation of the Philippines.  

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Reply #2 - Sep 6th, 2005, 3:31pm
 
OK, I give up.
??? How do I get the YABBC tags to work to insert a jpg of page 22 of the February 19, 1945, issue of  LIFE magazine?

To read the article, please click on the house icon in the left margin.  Editor  

sjt: 9.30: The house icon goes to my Mom's web page.
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Reply #3 - Sep 12th, 2005, 9:40am
 
To include an image you need to have a URL location for your image. i.e. http://www.philippine-scouts.org/images/seahorse.jpg

Then you need to wrap this with the img tags you get when clicking the photo icon in the post reply window.

so it would read (minus the quotes) ["img"]http://www.philippine-scouts.org/images/seahorse.jpg["/img"]

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Reply #4 - Sep 30th, 2005, 4:32am
 
Revenge Bataan Unit is briefly mentioned on page 22 of the February 19, 1945, issue of  LIFE magazine, in the Carl Mydans article on the Flying Column (the 1st Cav Div), in the  section on Major James Gerhart.

Revenge Bataan Unit was formed by Major James C. Gerhart for the anti-aircraft gunners, from Carlsbad, New Mexico, who were  at Clark Field the day Japan attacked.

There were 83 men from New Mexico when Clark Field was attacked. Sergeants Joseph Stanley Smith and Paul Foch "Doc" Womack were two of the anti-aircraft gunners from Carlsbad, New Mexico, and they were part of Revenge Bataan Unit. The article says that Joe Smith was one of Revenge Bataan Units heroes.


Did  Revenge Bataan Unit add guerrillas and Philippine Scouts to their ranks?
Who were they?
How did RBU survive 1942 -1945?
Where were they?
Whose guerrillas did they affiliate with?
Who was their guerrilla  leader at Lingayen?



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Reply #5 - Jan 14th, 2009, 3:18pm
 
Thirty New Mexico Cavalrymen on Leyte Form Avenge Bataan Unit Vow Vengeance for Their Friends in 200th; Are Fighting Japs Who Were On Bataan With the First Category Division on Leyte, November 22, 1945 (Delayed) (AP) --- Thirty New Mexicans of the U. S. First Cavalry division have banded together as an "avenge Bataan" unit, vowed to vengeance for the members of the 200th Coast Artillery anti-aircraft regiment from their home state. The artillery men were captured in the Philippines early in the war.  The New Mexican cavalrymen (dismounted) have been fighting here against elements of the Japanese 16th division, which served on Bataan. Each of the 30 in the New Mexico group had personal friends in the captured regiment.

The 30 of the "Avenge Bataan" unit are:

Maj. James C. Gerhart, Santa Fe          Lieut. Ernest L. Sanders,  Alamogordo
Lieut. Robert Kirk, Roswell                    S. Sgt. Venancio Florez, Sohan          
S. Sgt. Joe C. Chavez, Capitan             S. Sgt. Frank L. Stephens, Artesia        
S. Sgt. William E. Tillis, Vado                  Sgt. George L. Daniel, Raton      
Sgt. Flavis Virgil, Albuquerque                

Pfc. Tedosio A. Garcia, Grants               Pvt Francis L. Armstrong, Jal
Pvt. Bennie L. Baca, Mescalero              Pvt. Willy Gonzalez,  Albuquerque
Pvt. Socundiono Herrera, Las Vegas      Pvt.  Mike Y. Hoskie, Gallup
Pvt. Zacaras Padilla, Grants                   Pvt. George Torres, Shoemaker
Pvt. Alfonzo Ulibarri , Santa Fe              Pvt. Petrocino Aguilar,  Taos
Pvt.Ramon Hernandez, Albuquerque      Pvt. Lalo Baca, Pena Blanca
Pvt. Proopio Chavez, Albuquerque          Pvt. Thomas Alvarez, Las Huhas
Pvt. Alvin C. Reed, Glenwood                 Pvt. Harry Reid, Blue Water
Pvt. William E. Collier, Carlsbad              Pvt. Frank E. Barrego, Taos
Pvt. Vincent G. Cardova, Albuquerque    Pvt. Ramon Dallas, Floyd
Pvt. H. D. Ford, Las Cruces

Reprinted as fair use for educational purposes, teaching, research, scholarship, criticism, and for comment.

my sincere thanks to to  Storm and Smokey Gerhart for providing this information that I hope will lead to answer about guerrillas who may have joined up with these cavalrymen of the  8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
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