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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Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1008-5-12)
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Being recruited for the Military Intelligence Service (MIS)

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

George Koshi Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1008-1-16)
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Reflecting on the atomic bombings

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

George Koshi Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1008-1-13)
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Service in the Pacific Military Intelligence Research Section (PACMIRS)

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

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1008-5-29)
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Problems with the hotel heating system: preempting "hara kiri"

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

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1008-5-20)
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Being tailed by a Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) agent

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

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1008-5-25)
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Refusing bodyguards: "People in Japan are people like you and me"

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

Kazuo Yamane Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1007-9-8)
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Feeling close to fellow Nisei soldiers

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Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1008-4-24)
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Description of duties during the war crimes trials

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

Mitsue Matsui Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1008-3-16)
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A growing respect and demand for Military Intelligence Service Language School graduates

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

George S. Matsui Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1008-2-18)
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Family's wartime experiences

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

George S. Matsui Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1008-2-14)
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Receiving Bronze Star

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

George S. Matsui Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1008-2-10)
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Memories of John Aiso, Director of the Military Intelligence Service Language School

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

Kenji Goto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1007-2-4)
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Experiences teaching in the Military Intelligence Service Language School

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Kenji Goto Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1007-2-5)
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Requesting overseas service, but kept as language instructor instead

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Kenji Goto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1007-2-3)
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Being placed in charge of the oral language division of the Military Intelligence Service

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Shigeya Kihara Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1004-23-3)
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Being recruited to teach Japanese despite having no prior teaching experience

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Grant Hirabayashi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1004-11-7)
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Description of interrogation tactics

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Gordon Yamada Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1004-2-1)
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Drafted into the Military Intelligence Service

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Kazuo Yamane Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1004-20-5)
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Translating a critical captured Japanese military register

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 49 (ddr-densho-1000-153-49)
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Being warned not to volunteer for the military's "spy school," but deciding to go anyway

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 ...

Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-102-19)
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Reviewing top secret documents for the U.S. while being tailed by the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps at the same time
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