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.

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Military Intelligence Service (547)

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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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Representatives at a negotiation session (ddr-densho-179-85)
img Representatives at a negotiation session (ddr-densho-179-85)
Representatives making preliminary negotiations for the surrender of the Ryukyus Islands to the Commanding General of the Tenth Army. Left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Nakamizo Takashi, who represented Japanese Army commander on Anami, Major General Toshisada Tokada; and Lieutenant Commander Tairo Sato who was a delegate of Rear Admiral Tadao Kato Japanese Naval Commander of Amami ...
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-206)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-206)
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-179-207)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-207)
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-179-188)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-188)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
Representative at a negotiation session (ddr-densho-179-150)
img Representative at a negotiation session (ddr-densho-179-150)
Captain Shige Murao, Navy, a Representative of Lieutenant General Toshiro Nomi, Japanese Commander of the Sakishima Group, making preliminary negotiations for the surrender of the Ryukyus Islands to the Commanding General of Tenth Army. Photographer: Lieutenant Strauch.
Painting and calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-180)
doc Painting and calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-180)
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-179-215)
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.
Cave housing a gun position (ddr-densho-179-8)
img Cave housing a gun position (ddr-densho-179-8)
This cave, with its opening covered with camouflage netting, was discovered by advancing U.S. Army forces on Okinawa. It was still under construction, and apparently was built to house a gun position.
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-182)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-182)
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-179-196)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-196)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
Typhoon damaged wharfs (ddr-densho-179-48)
img Typhoon damaged wharfs (ddr-densho-179-48)
Pontoon landing wharfs broken up and washed ashore at Purple Beach No. 2 during the typhoon that struck Okinawa on October 9, 1945.
Japanese soldier shot in an escape attempt (ddr-densho-179-161)
img Japanese soldier shot in an escape attempt (ddr-densho-179-161)
During an escape attempt, this Japanese soldier was shot by U.S. Marine patrol.
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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