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.

Military Intelligence Service (539)

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John Aiso, Fort Snelling, Masaji Marumoto, Jack Matsuoka, Military Intelligence Service, Military Intelligence Service Language School, Walter Tsukamoto, Karl Yoneda

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Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, October 22, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-96)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, October 22, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-96)
Masao Okine writes from the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Fort Snelling, Minnesota, to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in the Rohwer incarceration camp. The letter describes the school situation in which the US Army demands that the students need to complete the study and training in a shorter period of time. He also ...
Father's Day card from Masao Okine to Mr. S. Okine, June 9, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-81)
doc Father's Day card from Masao Okine to Mr. S. Okine, June 9, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-81)
A Father's Day card from Masao Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine. Masao writes from Fort Meade, Minnesota, where he attends the U.S. military Japanese language School to Seiichi Okine who is incarcerated in the Rohwer camp, Arkansas. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_20_001
View down a street in Germany (ddr-densho-22-78)
img View down a street in Germany (ddr-densho-22-78)
Caption in album: "Volunteers please / Just prior to V-J day came a survey of Volunteers was made for the Camp Savage (later Fort Snelling) language school for men to ship to go to school and on to Japan to fight. Here the two above photos show as the volunteers were made ready to leave for the ...
Mosque in Kolkata (ddr-densho-22-425)
img Mosque in Kolkata (ddr-densho-22-425)
Caption on front: "Muslim Mosque / Calcutta."
Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-34-60)
img Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-34-60)
Toshio Chihara (middle row, third from left) graduated with his class at the Military Intelligence Service School at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-49)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-49)
Military Intelligence Service-related documents on page from scrapbook "Scrapbook: 1946."
Representatives at a negotiation session (ddr-densho-179-88)
img Representatives at a negotiation session (ddr-densho-179-88)
Major General Toshiro Taga, Representative of Lt. General Toshiro Nomi, Japanese Commander of Sakishima Group, making preliminary negotiations for the surrender of the Ryukyus Islands to the Commanding General of Tenth Army. The civilian interpreter is Weri Takamura who once lived in Chicago. Photographer: Lieutenant Strauch.
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.
Japanese army nurse and Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-179-139)
img Japanese army nurse and Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-179-139)
Nurse Sueko Nishikado for Japanese Army and Sgt. Harry Okano.
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-215)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-215)
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.
Civilian internment camp (ddr-densho-179-148)
img Civilian internment camp (ddr-densho-179-148)
A kitchen in Taira civilian internment camp. The woman on the right is from Naha City, Okinawa. Behind her is Sgt. Harry Okano.
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-210)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-210)
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-179-212)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-212)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
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