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.

World War II (54)
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Military Intelligence Service (547)

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Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-38-19)
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Experiencing a different racial climate, being Nisei in the segregated South
Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-38-26)
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Military Intelligence Service duty in the Pacific, encountering Japanese soldiers
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vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-123-22)
Drafted into U.S. Army, enduring basic training and attending the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, Minnesota

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Paul Bannai Interview I Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-128-26)
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Attending Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), Camp Savage, Minnesota, studying hard to catch up on Japanese language skills
Francis Mas Fukuhara Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-9-16)
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Witnessing racial segregation: "that was kind of an eye-opener for me"
Francis Mas Fukuhara Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-9-17)
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Recruitment, training, and the role of the Kibei in the Military Intelligence Service
Francis Mas Fukuhara Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-9-18)
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Military Intelligence Service recruitment, training, and duties
Paul Bannai Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-150-1)
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Serving as language interpreter and translator overseas in the Pacific; setting up prisoner of war camp in the Philippines; wearing an Australian army uniform to avoid being mistaken for a Japanese soldier
Hiro Nishimura Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-237-17)
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The competitive nature of training for the Military Intelligence Service
George Yamada Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-187-24)
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Memories of the Military Intelligence Service

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

George Yamada Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-187-23)
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Serving stateside with the Military Intelligence Service

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

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