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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Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 53 (ddr-densho-1000-153-53)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 53 (ddr-densho-1000-153-53)
Dynamic between Kibei and Nisei at the MIS language school

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 ...

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 49 (ddr-densho-1000-153-49)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 49 (ddr-densho-1000-153-49)
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 23 (ddr-densho-1000-102-23)
vh Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-102-23)
Serving in Japan during the postwar occupation, managing a hotel in Tokyo
Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-102-19)
vh Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-102-19)
Reviewing top secret documents for the U.S. while being tailed by the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps at the same time
Rick Sato Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-80-13)
vh Rick Sato Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-80-13)
Completing basic training and then being recruited for the Military Intelligence Service
Francis Mas Fukuhara Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-9-16)
vh Francis Mas Fukuhara Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-9-16)
Witnessing racial segregation: "that was kind of an eye-opener for me"
Francis Mas Fukuhara Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-9-18)
vh Francis Mas Fukuhara Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-9-18)
Military Intelligence Service recruitment, training, and duties
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 12 (September 16, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 12 (September 16, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-37)
Select article titles: "Gen. Willoughby to address MIS veteran reunion" (p. 1); "Issei, Nisei Image in Japan Valuable, Says Professor" (p. 1); "Chicago Nisei Drum & Bugle Corps Ambassadors create goodwill on tour" (p. 1).
4 Day MIS 50th Anniversary Reunion program outline (ddr-csujad-1-191)
doc 4 Day MIS 50th Anniversary Reunion program outline (ddr-csujad-1-191)
Program outline for 4 Day MIS 50th Anniversary Reunion held from October 29 to November 2, 1991. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_03_01_005
MIS intelligencer, volume 32, number 1, Jan 2000 (ddr-csujad-1-74)
doc MIS intelligencer, volume 32, number 1, Jan 2000 (ddr-csujad-1-74)
An issue of "MIS intelligencer," volume 32, number 1, (Jan 2000). which is an official newsletter of the MIS Association, Northern California, Inc. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_07_003
Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
doc Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
A photocopy of a letter from Drusilla Tanaka, one of the Board's Research Team members, to Col. Kim. In the letter, Drusilla Tanaka described her team's research on Americans of Japanese Ancestry who were killed in action during World War II. The other members' names of the Board's Research Team, Karleen Chinen and ...
[Masao Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-340)
img [Masao Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-340)
A photograph of Masao Okine in the U.S. military uniform standing in front of the tank monument to the 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 11. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_011_002
Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 23, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-161)
doc Letter from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 23, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-161)
A letter from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois, to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. In the letter, she expresses her excitement about her husband, Masao's returning home from Japan where he is stationed as a Nisei solder. She anticipates that she is going to go back to California where Seiichi and Tomeyo reside once ...
Frank Suzuki interview (ddr-csujad-6-29)
doc Frank Suzuki interview (ddr-csujad-6-29)
Oral history interview with Frank Suzuki. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_SUZUKI_FRANK
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
Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
doc Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
Oral history interview with Momoyo Mizuki. 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 Mizuki, Momoyo
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
Domain of Neptunus Rex (ddr-csujad-25-127)
doc Domain of Neptunus Rex (ddr-csujad-25-127)
A certificate for line-crossing ceremony issued on a US Navy ship during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_072
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-108)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-108)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm. 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_050
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
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 ...
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