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 (543)

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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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George S. Matsui Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1008-2-12)
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Awarded Bronze Star for securing surrender of Japanese

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1008-4-25)
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Meeting General Iwane Matsui in a Tokyo hospital

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Howard H. Furumoto Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1007-1-10)
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Eating fallen pack mules as conditions worsened in Burma

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Howard H. Furumoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1007-1-8)
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Feeling close kinship with other Nisei in Merrill's Marauders

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Herbert Y. Miyasaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1007-10-3)
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Thoughts about officers in the Military Intelligence Service

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James C. McNaughton Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1004-3-9)
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The role of women in the Military Intelligence Service

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Shigeya Kihara Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1004-23-4)
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Description of John Aiso

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Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1008-5-10)
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Removal and evacuation of Japanese American servicemen

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

George Koshi Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1008-1-24)
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Working on the case of the Tachibana, a hospital ship

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Howard H. Furumoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1007-1-9)
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Difficult conditions in Burma affect health of the soldiers

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Herbert Y. Miyasaki Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1007-10-2)
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Interacting with white soldiers on the trip to the mainland

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Ted Tsukiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1004-22-4)
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The importance of the Kibei in the Military Intelligence Service
George Koshi Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1008-1-17)
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Visiting relatives in Japan postwar: meeting a cousin who had fought for Japan

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

George S. Matsui Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1008-2-8)
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Recruited by the military out of Tule Lake concentration camp

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

George Koshi Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1008-1-22)
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Emotional toll of the war crimes trials

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1008-5-26)
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Managing the Dai Ichi Hotel in Tokyo with Japanese staff

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Kazuo Yamane Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1007-9-11)
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Volunteering for a special mission in France

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Spark M. Matsunaga Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1007-3-9)
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The important role of Nisei in the postwar occupation of Japan

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Don Okubo Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1004-21-5)
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Interrogation strategies as a Japanese American interpreter

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Translating the Z Plan

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Eddie Owada Interview Segment 21 (ddr-manz-1-37-21)
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Selected for the Military Intelligence Service, wanting combat duty
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
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 84 (ddr-densho-1000-153-84)
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Reactions to visiting Hiroshima after the atomic bombing

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify themselves as such.

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
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