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.

World War II (54)
Military service (570)
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

547 items
Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California, No. 2, 2000 (ddr-csujad-1-72)
doc Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California, No. 2, 2000 (ddr-csujad-1-72)
An issue of "Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California" published in 2000. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_07_001
Americans of of Japanese Ancestry WWII Memorial Alliance (ddr-csujad-1-201)
doc Americans of of Japanese Ancestry WWII Memorial Alliance (ddr-csujad-1-201)
A list of the Americans of Japanese ancestry who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. The information was collected by Jim Yamashita and volunteers with the support from Americans of Japanese Ancestry WWII Memorial Alliance for "Echoes of silence," an educational project dedicated to honoring the Nisei soldiers ...
Veterans of Military Intelligence Service: second national reunion (ddr-csujad-1-197)
doc Veterans of Military Intelligence Service: second national reunion (ddr-csujad-1-197)
A booklet published for the second national reunion of Military Intelligence Service veterans. Includes a directory of veterans of Military Intelligence Service personnel. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_03_10_001
MISLS album 1946 (ddr-csujad-1-208)
doc MISLS album 1946 (ddr-csujad-1-208)
An album of the Military Intelligence Service Language School. It depicts the operation, training, life, and activities at the schools of Presidio San Francisco and Savage and Fort Snelling Minnesota, and also includes the description of the oversee campaign in the Pacific where MIS solders served. The names of MISLS graduates from three schools are listed. ...
Highways of honor, Military Intelligence Service, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion (ddr-csujad-1-185)
doc Highways of honor, Military Intelligence Service, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion (ddr-csujad-1-185)
A booklet of California memorial highways to honor three entities of the United States Army, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. Includes an article, "The Nisei soldiers of U.S. Intelligence: America's superb secret weapon of World War II" by Dan Nakatsu. Images and map during the Pacific War are included. See ...
Military Intelligence Service Language School  U.S. Army, Fort Snelling, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-1-188)
doc Military Intelligence Service Language School U.S. Army, Fort Snelling, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-1-188)
Photographic documentary of Nisei soldiers served in World War II, Pacific Theatre as military intelligence operators. Photographs were taken by Stone S. Ishimaru, Official U.S. Army photographer, 8th Army, originally for a magazine, "Life." Includes Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, Pacific Theater of operations, and occupation of Japan. See this object in ...
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
[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
Letters from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, December 23, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-185)
doc Letters from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, December 23, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-185)
Contains one envelope, two letters written by Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, one note, and one Japanese yen bill. All are enclosed in the same envelope and mailed by Masao Okine from Japan where he is stationed as a Nisei soldier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
Masao's check application number (ddr-csujad-5-83)
doc Masao's check application number (ddr-csujad-5-83)
Notes probably written by Seiichi Okine recording the military family allowance application number. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_21_002
WAR Department report of change of status and address; Cash receipt (ddr-csujad-5-75)
doc WAR Department report of change of status and address; Cash receipt (ddr-csujad-5-75)
A copy of WAR Department report of change of status and address submitted by Masao Okine and dispatched by the U.S. Army Fort Meade, Maryland. He claims that Seiichi, Tomeyo, and Dorothy Ai Okine are his dependants and requests family allowance to them. Also includes a cash receipt of 29.00 dollars for lease in Hawthorne, California, ...
Letter from Ayame and Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, October 18, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-172)
doc Letter from Ayame and Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, October 18, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-172)
A letter from Masao and Ayame Okine to their parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Masao reports to his parents about his arrival to Chicago after his discharge from the U.S. Army, serving as a Nisei solder in Japan. He describes his life in Chicago, such as buying a car and driving to New York to see ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, May 19, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-186)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, May 19, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-186)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He writes from Japan where he is stationed as a Nisei solder. The letter is mailed via San Francisco by the U. S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, he informs that he has received letters from his sister, Hatsuno, his wife, Ayame, and ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Dottie [Dorothy] Okine, May 10, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-181)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Dottie [Dorothy] Okine, May 10, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-181)
A letter from Masao Okine to his sister, Dorothy Okine. He writes from Tokyo, Japan, where he is stationed as a U.S. Army soldier. He asks Dorothy to send him cigarettes, candies, and gum. He sent the letter to her on April 23, 1946, however, it returned to Masao. He adds the notes, explaining why the ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, April 23, [1946] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-291)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, April 23, [1946] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-291)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He writes from Japan where he is stationed as a Nisei soldier. He reports to his parents about their relatives and friends in Hiroshima: He took ten days vacation to visit Hiroshima and found that the Hiroshima City was completely destroyed by the atomic ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 12, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-160)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, September 12, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-160)
A letter from Masao Okine, who is stationed in Japan as a Nisei soldier to his parents, Seiichi and Ayame Okine. This letter is mailed via San Francisco, California by the U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, Masao writes about his visit to Hiroshima during the vacation. He meets Naoji Okine, Jokichi Yamanaka, Mr. Sasaki, ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 27, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-153)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 27, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-153)
A letter from Masao Okine, who is stationed in Tokyo, Japan as a Nisei solder, to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. The letter is mailed via San Francisco, California, by U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, Masao writes about his duties driving a jeep and informs that he is going to mail his parents' ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 19, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-124)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, January 19, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-124)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California. This letter is written in Japan where Masao is stationed as a U.S. military soldier and mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Army Postal Service. Masao describes his stay in Japan, being transferred from Sagamihara, Kanagawa, to Tokyo, possibly being ...
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
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, February 18, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-190)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, February 18, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-190)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, along with a note in English. He writes from Tokyo, Japan, where he is stationed as a Nisei soldier. The letter is mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Postal Service. In the letter, Masao informs that he has been transferred from Sagamihara to ...
Letters from Naoji and Kenjiro Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 23, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-152)
doc Letters from Naoji and Kenjiro Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 23, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-152)
Contains two letters and an envelope. The letters are written by brothers of Seiichi Okine in Hiroshima, Japan, Naoji and Kenjiro Okine. Both letters are enclosed in an envelope and mailed by Masao Okine who is stationed in Japan as a U.S. Army soldier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project ...
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 Masao ...
Johnny and Yo Niizawa interview (ddr-csujad-6-25)
doc Johnny and Yo Niizawa interview (ddr-csujad-6-25)
Oral history interview with Johnny and Yo Niizawa. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_NIIZAWA_JOHNNY_AND_YO
Toshiye Hirose interview (ddr-csujad-6-7)
doc Toshiye Hirose interview (ddr-csujad-6-7)
Oral history interview with Toshiye Hirose. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HIROSE_TOSHIYE
George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
doc George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
Oral history interview with George Kiyomoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KIYOMOTO_GEORGE
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