Military Intelligence Service

The first Japanese Americans to serve in the military during World War II were linguists involved in the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS). The MISLS was charged with training soldiers in the Japanese language for intelligence purposes. Japanese Americans served as both instructors and students at the school, which opened on November 1, 1941. The Language School began recruiting instructors and later students directly from concentration camps as early as July 1942. MISLS graduates were assigned in small teams to units fighting in the Pacific and to intelligence centers throughout the Allied command. They translated captured documents, interrogated prisoners of war, wrote propaganda, encouraged Japanese soldiers and civilians to surrender, and monitored radio broadcasts. After the war, they acted as interpreters at the war crime trials and for the occupation government in Japan.

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Okinawan civilians (ddr-densho-179-157)
img Okinawan civilians (ddr-densho-179-157)
A group of Okinawans marching out to the fields to haul in the day's provisions.
Calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-190)
doc Calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-190)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-213)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-213)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
Japanese suicide plane (ddr-densho-179-155)
img Japanese suicide plane (ddr-densho-179-155)
This plane was called a Boka Bomb, or a one man suicide bomb.
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-179-118)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-179-118)
Sgt. Tomitsu Matsumoto, Sgt. Warren Sakuma, Sgt. Robert Oda, Sgt. Akira Nakamura.
Calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-200)
doc Calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-200)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-195)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-195)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
U.S. soldiers (ddr-densho-179-154)
img U.S. soldiers (ddr-densho-179-154)
Chow line. T/4 Tomotsu Nagao, T/4 Robert Oda, T/4 Akira Nakamura.
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-179-152)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-179-152)
This photo was taken immediately after landing at 24th Corp Area.
Signing of peace treaty (ddr-densho-179-53)
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Japanese army and navy representatives from Amami and Miyako-shima for the signing of the peace treaty at the 10th Army Headquarters in Okinawa.
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