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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John Aiso, Fort Snelling, Masaji Marumoto, Jack Matsuoka, Military Intelligence Service, Military Intelligence Service Language School, Walter Tsukamoto, Karl Yoneda

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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-25-66)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-66)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm and a helmet. He poses, standing in front of the house where probably his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_008
Ukichi Taenaka's family, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-284)
img Ukichi Taenaka's family, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-284)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are twelve photographs of Ukichi Taenaka's wife and son in Japan. Also include Toshikuni Taenaka in US military uniform. The photographs are most likely taken in the late 1940s during the occupation of Japan when Toshikuni Taenaka is deployed. See this object in the …
Toshikuni Taenaka, ukulele] (ddr-csujad-25-97)
img Toshikuni Taenaka, ukulele] (ddr-csujad-25-97)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He poses, playing the Ukulele. 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_039
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-65)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-65)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm and a helmet. He poses, siting on the deck of the house, which is probably the place where his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-112)
img Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-112)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. He poses, crouching and 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_054
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-82)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-82)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army service uniform with a metal eagle insignia hat. He poses with his nephew. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where his parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_024
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform with gas mask (ddr-csujad-25-70)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform with gas mask (ddr-csujad-25-70)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with a gas mask. He poses, standing in front of the house where probably his parents reside in Brighton, Colorado. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_012
Japanese American solder in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-120)
img Japanese American solder in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-120)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. He crouches, feeding a squirrel. 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_062
Ukichi Taenaka's family, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-283)
img Ukichi Taenaka's family, Japan (ddr-csujad-25-283)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are ten photographs of Toshikuni Taenaka, Ukichi Taenaka's wife and son, and other the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. Toshikuni Taenaka wears the US military uniform. The photographs are taken most likely in the late 1940s during the occupation of Japan when Toshikuni Taenaka is …
Japanese American soldiers, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-116)
img Japanese American soldiers, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-116)
A photograph of four Japanese American soldiers in a room of US military facilities. 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_058
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-121)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-121)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with a helmet. He poses, standing in front of the house where his parents most likely reside in Brighton, Colorado. The same image is found: ucsb_jia_0064. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_063
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-124)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-124)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, and another Japanese American soldier in US Army uniform. They pose standing outside. 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_066
Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-92)
img Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-92)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, and his family. Includes Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform, his parents, Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka, his sisters, Haruko, Chiyoko, and Saiko, and his nephews and niece. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where Toshikuni Taenaka's family resides. See this object in the …
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-59)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army combat uniform (ddr-csujad-25-59)
A photograph of Toshikuni Tanenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army combat uniform with Technician Fifth Grade (T/5) insignia on the arm and a helmet. 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_001
Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-87)
img Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-87)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, and his family. Includes Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform, his parents, Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka, his sisteres, Haruko, Chiyoko, and Saiko, as well as most likely his nephews and niece. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where Toshikuni Taenaka's family resides. See …
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-75)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-75)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm. He poses, siting on a bed probably in Camp Savage Military Intelligence Service Language School Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_017
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
Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-113)
img Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-113)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, reading a magazine. 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_055
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 Japanese American …
Japanese American soldiers in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-62)
img Japanese American soldiers in US Army service uniform (ddr-csujad-25-62)
A photograph of two Japanese American soldiers in US Army service uniform. Inscription on the back of the photograph reads: 7-'42. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where Toshikuni Taenaka's parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_004
Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-74)
img Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army uniform (ddr-csujad-25-74)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, in US Army uniform with Private First Class insignia on the arm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_016
Toshikuni Taenaka and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-106)
img Toshikuni Taenaka and Kamie Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-106)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He poses in US Army service uniform with his mother, Kamie Taenaka. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where his parents reside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_048
Toshikuni Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-118)
img Toshikuni Taenaka (ddr-csujad-25-118)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier. He poses, placing his arm on a fire extinguisher. 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_060
Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-107)
img Toshikuni Taenaka, Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-107)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, reading a magazine. 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_049
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