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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American Concentration Camps VOLUME 9 June, 1942- November, 1945 (ddr-densho-372-9)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 9 June, 1942- November, 1945 (ddr-densho-372-9)
Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: Volume 9 contains archival documents from June 1942 to November 1945 which show how some within the military and government establishments were considering the use of Japanese American manpower and special skills. The use of this manpower, as De Witt and his key subordinates correctly …
Ken Kaneshiro in uniform (ddr-densho-328-339)
img Ken Kaneshiro in uniform (ddr-densho-328-339)
Caption in album: "1947 / Ken Kaneshiro of Hawaii."
Nisei veterans and spouses group photograph (ddr-densho-325-108)
img Nisei veterans and spouses group photograph (ddr-densho-325-108)
Eighteen Nisei veterans and their spouses met for a reunion on April 7, 1995. These eighteen men had all been stationed at Camp Grant, Illinois in 1941-1942. From there the group separated some attending combat infantry training at Camp Blanding, Florida and then to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe and others like Sumito Horiuchi …
Nisei veterans news (ddr-densho-325-109)
doc Nisei veterans news (ddr-densho-325-109)
Eighteen Nisei veterans and their spouses met for a reunion on April 7, 1995. These eighteen men had all been stationed at Camp Grant, Illinois in 1941-1942. From there the group separated some attending combat infantry training at Camp Blanding, Florida and then to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe and others like Sumito Horiuchi …
Military Intelligence Language School (ddr-densho-325-128)
img Military Intelligence Language School (ddr-densho-325-128)
Written on the back of the photograph is written "Fort Snelling Language School 1944 Sumito Horiuchi".
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-325-134)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-325-134)
Sumito Horiuchi posing in front of chalkboard at Military Language School at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. The front is inscribed "Hisa, Your Sincerely Sumito Horiuchi". On the back of the photograph is written "Sumito Horiuchi Fort Snelling - 1945".
Military Intelligence Language Class (ddr-densho-325-127)
img Military Intelligence Language Class (ddr-densho-325-127)
The front of the photograph is signed by most of the class. Back row left to right is Frank Jimbo, Frank Yamamoto "Calif", Robert T[illegible] Hawaii, Nasuo Hashiguchi, Shegeo M[illegible], Yosheo [illegible], Stanley F[illegible] "Martinez", and [illegible]. Front row left to right is [illegible], Sumito Horiuchi, Masagi Okada Hawaii, unknown, unknown, H[illegible] [illegible], Otsushi Moori, T[illegible] …
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-325-121)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-325-121)
Nisei soldiers enjoying roasting hot dogs over a fire. Sumito Horiuchi is second from left. The back of the photograph reads "Picnic Sumito Horiuchi Fort Snelling Minnesota" in blue ink and "8 July 1945" and a message in Japanese in black ink.
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