From: Georgetown, Texas, USA
ORIGINAL: Don Bowen
You'll notice we resisted the impulse to create the 2 battalions of the 43rd PS.
Especially when we -- er, I -- found out that the "battalions" were company-sized, and located on two different islands. The total strength of the 'regiment' was about 286 men, IIRC. For what its worth, the 43rd is factored into the strength of the garrison battalion on Zamboanga, and (I think) one of the battalions of the 45th on Luzon.
The Philippine OOB is one of my hotspots, that's for sure.
Baguio, the location of A and B companies, 43rd PS, is not represented on the map as it is too close to other bases. The understrength battalion there never really did anything. It was cut off, destroyed valuable equipment, and made a difficult withdrawal through enemy lines to Bataan. Many men lost in various ways, rest dispersed into other units. The commander, a Col. Horan, was nicknamed "the colonel who ran".
The two companies at Zamboanga (C, E) were used to train Philippine Army units and never really came into action as an organized unit.
We also considered the 14th Regiment, PA but skipped that is it was mostly formed from detachments cut off from the 11th Division (and others).