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Glossary of Initialisms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

This glossary is intended for use with the Philippine Archives Collection and the Alphabetical List of Guerrilla Units and Their File Codes in the Guerrilla Recognition Unit Files. To learn more about the Collection, visit The Journey of the Philippine Archives Collection pages.

A
AC Army Corps or Area Command
AFPAC Armed Forces in the Pacific
AFWESPAC Army Forces, Western Pacific
ADF American Dominion Forces
AGRD Adjutant General Records Depository
AGRP Adjutant General Recovered Personnel
AIB Allied Intelligence Bureau
APO Army Post Office
Atchd Bn Attached Battalion
Atchd Co Attached Company
AUS Army of the United States
AUSA Army of the United States of America
B
BB Bicol Brigade
BMA Bulacan Military Area
BMD Bataan Military District
Bn Battalion
C
CAC Cebu Area Command
Co Company
COWHM Chinese Overseas Wartime Hsuehkan Militia
D
DPRB Demobilized Personnel Records Branch
DHQ Division Headquarters
Dist HQ District Headquarters
E
ECLGA East Central Luzon Guerrilla Area
F
FACGF Fil-American Cavite Guerrilla Forces
FAIT Fil-American Irregular Troops
FBBU Fighting Bolo Battalion Unit
FLA Farm Labor Auxiliary
FLAS Farm Labor Auxiliary Service
G
GHQ General Headquarters
GHQ, SWPA General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area
GSP Guerrillas Special of the President
Grls Guerrillas
H
HQ Headquarters
HQS Headquarters
HQ & HQ Co Headquarters and Headquarters Company
HQ & HQ Det Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
HQ & HQ Sv Co Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company
HQ Sqdrn Headquarters Squadron
K
KKK Katipunan or Free Philippine Patriots
L
LAC Leyte Area Command
LGAF Luzon Guerrilla Army Forces
LGF Luzon Guerrilla Forces
LMS Lanao Military Sector
M
MD Military District
MFA Marking’s Fil-Americans
MFAT Marking’s Fil-American Troops
MFAIT Marking’s Fil-American Irregular Troops
MIS Military Intelligence Service
MMD Manila Military District
N
NEPMD Northeast Pampanga Military District
NMU North Manila Unit
NWPMD Northwest Pampanga Military District
O
OSI Office of Special Investigator
P
PA Philippine Army
PAC Philippine Archive Collection
PAP Project Philippine Archives Project
PMA Pangasinan Military Area
PMAC Pampanga Area Command
PMD Pampanga Military District
POW Prisoner of War
PQOG President Quezon’s Own Guerrillas
PRPA Philippine Rifle and Pistol Association
PS Pangasinan Sector
PTMD Pangasinan-Tarlac Military District
Q
QM Co Quartermaster Company
QMC Quartermaster Corps
R
RPD Recovered Personnel Division
RPD, AFWESPAC Recovered Personnel Division, Army Forces Western Pacific
RMC Returned to Military Control
ROTC Reserve Officers Training Corps
S
SBAC Southern Bicol Area Command
SHAEF Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe
SMA Salt Military Area
SMS Serafim M. Silvestre
SNES Southern Neuva Ecija Section
STMD Southern Tarlac Military District
T
TMO Tanggulan Military Organization
TWS Tarlac West Sector
U
USAFFE U.S. Army Forces in the Far East
USAFFE-PA U.S. Army Forces in the Far East-Philippine Army
USAFIA U.S. Army Forces in Australia
USAFIP U.S. Army Forces in the Philippines
USAFP NL U.S. Army Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon
USARPC/NPRC U.S. Army Personnel Center/National Personnel Records Center
USASOS U.S. Army Services of Supply
V
VA Veterans Administration
VAUSA Philippine National Volunteer Army USA
W
Wa-Chi Unit Philippine Chinese Ant-Japs Volunteer Corps
WAS Women’s Auxiliary Service
WLGWF Western Leyte Guerrilla Warfare Forces
WLTM Western Lanao Troops Movement
Z
ZMD Zambales Military District

The following initialisms, abbreviations, and acronyms appear in folder titles, but have not been identified; they may be typographical errors.

  • BE
  • Radio Station CUP
  • CV
  • ELBS
  • FAC
  • GUTAD
  • FBMD

Source Note: This glossary originally appeared as Appendix B in the National Archives Special List 61, The Philippine Archives Collection: A Special List of Documents in Record Group 407, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917–, Concerning U. S. Army and Guerilla Units in the Philippines during World War II, compiled by Jo Ann Williamson and Frank H. Serene (2003).

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