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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 (663)

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 21 (May 30, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 21 (May 30, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-21)
Selected article titles: "Yasui Case Can Go to Appeals Court" (p. 1), "Violence Against Minorities a Serious Problem, State Commission Concludes" (pp. 1, 12), "Reporter Regrets Onizuka Remark" (pp. 2, 7), and "East Wind: America's Secret Weapon" (p. 4).
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-734)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-734)
Masaru Yoshioka trains for military service at Camp Savage in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Japanese Americans in the United States Army's Military Intelligence Service were trained in translating captured Japanese documents at Camp Savage during WWII.
PACMIRS (ddr-csujad-49-135)
doc PACMIRS (ddr-csujad-49-135)
Newsletter from PACMIRS (Pacific Military Research Section at Camp Ritchie, Maryland). An item from: pages 84-85 of the Sue Kato scrapbook (gfb_skc_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2019_002_001_056_02
Christmas card from the commandant, staff, and faculty at the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling (ddr-csujad-49-109)
doc Christmas card from the commandant, staff, and faculty at the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling (ddr-csujad-49-109)
Christmas card from the commandant, staff, and faculty at the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, Minneapolis on behalf of Colonel Kai Rasmussen. An item from: pages 76-77 of the Sue Kato scrapbook (gfb_skc_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2019_002_001_052_03
Intitutional factors in Japanese nationalism (ddr-csujad-55-2572)
doc Intitutional factors in Japanese nationalism (ddr-csujad-55-2572)
Military syllabus entitled, "Institutional Factors In Japanese Nationalism" taught by Shigeya Kihara at the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Savage, Minnesota. This was restricted information for use of Military Personnel Only and not to be republished. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2736
Appeal to Americans of Japanese Ancestry (ddr-csujad-55-754)
doc Appeal to Americans of Japanese Ancestry (ddr-csujad-55-754)
Statement regarding recruitment of Nisei linguists for the Military Intelligence Language School at Camp Savage, Minnesota. Provides a background on the school and appeal to prospective students. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0756
Certificate (ddr-csujad-55-153)
doc Certificate (ddr-csujad-55-153)
Certificate of completion for Frank M. Iritani from the Military Intelligence Service Language School. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0155
Military Intelligence Service Language School Christmas Festival Service (ddr-csujad-55-155)
doc Military Intelligence Service Language School Christmas Festival Service (ddr-csujad-55-155)
Program for the Christmas Festival Service at the Military Intelligence Service Language School. Includes order of the service, songs, readings, and prayers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0157
Two men sit at a desk (ddr-densho-404-376)
img Two men sit at a desk (ddr-densho-404-376)
Two men, one wearing a military uniform, sit at a desk piled with papers and books. Caption written in Japanese and English next to photograph: Varobby off.
Honorable discharge (ddr-densho-404-436)
doc Honorable discharge (ddr-densho-404-436)
Honorable discharge papers for Toke (Tokeo) T. Tagami from the Army of the United States.
Tokeo Tagami stands at a lectern (ddr-densho-404-377)
img Tokeo Tagami stands at a lectern (ddr-densho-404-377)
Tokeo Tagami stands at a lectern at the front of a classroom. Caption written in Japanese next to photograph.
Man in military uniform leans over a record player (ddr-densho-404-86)
img Man in military uniform leans over a record player (ddr-densho-404-86)
A man in military uniform, possibly Tokeo Tagami, leans over a record player. The record player is labeled MISLS 26.
Man writes at a desk (ddr-densho-404-401)
img Man writes at a desk (ddr-densho-404-401)
A man in military uniform, possibly Tokeo Tagami, writes at a desk.
Men in military uniform pose with dictionaries (ddr-densho-404-430)
img Men in military uniform pose with dictionaries (ddr-densho-404-430)
Men in military uniform pose behind a large desk lined with Japanese-English dictionaries and other texts. Tokeo Tagami stands on the back row, second from the left.
Man writes at a desk (ddr-densho-404-402)
img Man writes at a desk (ddr-densho-404-402)
A man in military uniform, possibly Tokeo Tagami, writes at a desk. Japanese text written on photograph
50 years of excellence (ddr-csujad-1-189)
doc 50 years of excellence (ddr-csujad-1-189)
An event program for Military Intelligence Service Language School Reception and Defense Language Institute 50th Anniversary, held Monterey California, October 31-November 1, 1991. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_03_01_003
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
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