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 (66)
Military service (620)
Military Intelligence Service (586)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
John Aiso, Fort Snelling, Masaji Marumoto, Jack Matsuoka, Military Intelligence Service, Military Intelligence Service Language School, Walter Tsukamoto, Karl Yoneda

586 items
Sei Morita (ddr-csujad-8-43)
doc Sei Morita (ddr-csujad-8-43)
Oral history interview with Sei Morita. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Morita, Sei
Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima (ddr-csujad-8-97)
doc Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima (ddr-csujad-8-97)
Oral history interview with Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sasashima, Chester and Lillian
Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to Bob Bratt, executive director, Office of Reparations Administration, Department of Justice, December 5, 1998 (ddr-csujad-24-68)
doc Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to Bob Bratt, executive director, Office of Reparations Administration, Department of Justice, December 5, 1998 (ddr-csujad-24-68)
A letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to Bob Bratt in which Shimo makes an argument for why he should receive repatriations, even though he was not in an incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_05_002
Post Photo Shop's order envelop (ddr-csujad-25-126)
doc Post Photo Shop's order envelop (ddr-csujad-25-126)
An envelope to order film developing. The order is filled by Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_068
Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-125)
img Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-125)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform with Technician Fourth Grade (T/4) insignia on the arm. He crouches, feeding pigeons. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_067
Japanese American soldiers, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-117)
img Japanese American soldiers, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-117)
A photograph of four Japanese American soldiers playing cards in a room of US military facilities. The photograph is probably in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_059
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-65)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-65)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm and a helmet. He poses, siting on the deck of the house, which is probably the place where his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American ...
Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-112)
img Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-112)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. He poses, crouching and feeding pigeons. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_054
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-82)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-82)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army service uniform with a metal eagle insignia hat. He poses with his nephew. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where his parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_024
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform with gas mask (ddr-csujad-25-70)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform with gas mask (ddr-csujad-25-70)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with a gas mask. He poses, standing in front of the house where probably his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_012
Japanese American solder in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-120)
img Japanese American solder in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-120)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. He crouches, feeding a squirrel. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_062
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-121)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-121)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with a helmet. He poses, standing in front of the house where his parents most likely reside in Brighton, Colorado. The same image is found: ucsb_jia_0064. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_063
Japanese American soldiers, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-116)
img Japanese American soldiers, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-116)
A photograph of four Japanese American soldiers in a room of US military facilities. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_058
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-59)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-59)
A photograph of Toshikuni Tanenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army combat uniform with Technician Fifth Grade (T/5) insignia on the arm and a helmet. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_001
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-75)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-75)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm. He poses, siting on a bed probably in Camp Savage Military Intelligence Service Language School Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_017
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-119)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-119)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Technician Fifth Grade (T/5) insignia on the arm and another Japanese American soldier in US Army service uniform. They pose standing outside. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American ...
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-74)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-74)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_016
Toshikuni Taenaka and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-106)
img Toshikuni Taenaka and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-106)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He poses in US Army service uniform with his mother, Kamie Taenaka. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where his parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_048
Toshikuni Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-118)
img Toshikuni Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-118)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He poses, placing his arm on a fire extinguisher. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_060
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-69)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-69)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm and a helmet. He performs military hand salute in front of the house where probably his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0122. See this object in the ...
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-122)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-122)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with a helmet. He poses, standing in front of the house where probably his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. The same image is found: ucsb_jia_0069. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_064
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-61)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-61)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in the US Army service uniform with a metal eagle insignia hat and Private First Class insignia on the arm. Inscription on the back of the photograph reads: Sept, 1942. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_003
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-123)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-123)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army service uniform with a metal eagle insignia hat. He poses with his nephew. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where his parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_065
Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-111)
img Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-111)
A photograph of Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform. They pose sitting on the ground. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_053
Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-110)
img Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-110)
A photograph of Japanese American soldiers in US Army uniform. They pose standing outside. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_052
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