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 (648)

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 6 (March 15-April 4, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 6 (March 15-April 4, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-6)
Selected article titles: "PC Editorial Board to Seek Return to Weekly" (pp. 1, 10), "Oahu Monument Honors 100th, 442nd, MIS Vets" (p. 3), "Bill to Make English Official Language Opposed" (p. 3), and "East Wind: Asian Americans in Politics" (pp. 8, 11).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 123, No. 10 (November 15-December 19, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 123, No. 10 (November 15-December 19, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-22)
Selected article titles: "National Day of Remembrance Planned in D.C. Feb. 19, 1997" (pp. 1, 12), "Study: Most Asians Americans in Bay Area Voted for Clinton, Against Proposition 209" (pp. 1, 12), "New Board Steadies Eye on JACL's Fiscal Integrity" (p. 1), and "East Wind: 'Other MISers'" (pp. 8, 12).
Frank Endo Interview (ddr-densho-400-1)
av Frank Endo Interview (ddr-densho-400-1)
Frank Endo was born in Wilmington, California, on April 20,1923, and grew up on Terminal Island, California. He taught gymnastics at Santa Anita, California, Race Track and at the concentration camp in Amache, Colorado, where he was imprisoned. Endo worked in Chicago during WWII and served in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Service. He participated in …
Ryo Komae Interview (ddr-densho-400-14)
av Ryo Komae Interview (ddr-densho-400-14)
Ryo Komae was born on July 26, 1918, in Los Angeles, California. He was one of three children, and his parents were Tojiro and Komaji Komae. His father was "watchman" (security guard) for the Los Angeles City Market and his mother was a housewife. During World War II, he was removed with his family to the …
George Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-400-13)
av George Kobayashi Interview (ddr-densho-400-13)
George Kobayashi was born on February 20, 1924, in Torrance, California. He was one of three children, and his parents' names were Tamechi and Yuko Kobayashi. His father was a farmer in Gardena and his mother was a housewife. When the war broke out, he and his family moved to Fort Lupton, Colorado. During the war …
Michael Shigeru Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-400-24)
av Michael Shigeru Yasutake Interview (ddr-densho-400-24)
Michael Yasutake was born on August 4, 1915, in Long Beach, California. He was one of Kumataro and Itsu Yasutake's eight children. His father was a farmer in Gardena, California, and his mother was a housewife. When the war broke out he was already in the army and served with the Military Intelligence Service. His family …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-249)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-249)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he describes a recent visit to a military hospital at which he had a meaningful encounter with an amputee
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-220)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-220)
Envelope and letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he tells Yuriko about his transfer to Camp Savage to study Japanese and the general schedule of the language school. He inquires about her family's adjustment to life in the Assembly center and provides her with his new address.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-252)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-252)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto from Yoshito Shibata in which he describes his reaction to letter she sent (appears to be the final version of the drafted letter in ddr-densho-356-250), congratulations to Kan and Sally's new baby, hope that this will be the last war ever, description of seeing koalas not kangaroos, discussion of the corresponding in …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-233)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-233)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata that includes a menu from Camp Savage's Christmas dinner. In the letter Yoshito writes about his happiness that the Christmas celebrations Yuri described in her last letter were joyful. He also writes about the gifts he mailed her, the gifts soldiers at Camp Savage received, wanting to carbon …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-239)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-239)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he lets Yuri know that he's enjoyed corresponding with her, that he hopes she likes a gift he mailed her and that he is currently translating a seaman's diary.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-258)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-258)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he tells of the journey her postcard took to reach him, his family's life in Chicago, and the change of routine now that he is out in the field.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-235)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-235)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he comforts Yuri on her misbehaving typewriter by sharing a Reader's Digest story, and his own typewriter's faults. He continues by discussing Yuri's sister's (Wakako Domoto) relocation to Denver, his recent skiing trip, the rash of promotions at Camp Savage, a prank by the mailroom staff, …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-237)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-237)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata informing Yuri that he's mailed her a model Jeep made by another member of his unit.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-256)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-256)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he thanks her for sending a news clipping along, discusses pests native to the area he is in and how they affected building construction, visiting a local home for tea, detailed answer about his mother writing in Japanese to him, his family's relocation to Chicago, weather …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-241)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-241)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he informs Yuri he's on furlough staying in a Hotel in Minneapolis. Additionally, he answers her question about New York and asks about a possible job. He also discusses visits from mutual friends like Tak Negi, and a future trip out to a local nursery to …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-238)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-238)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata while en-route to visit his family at Tule Lake. In the letter he explains his sudden trip to visit family, and why the letter is brief.
Returned letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Tsukada (ddr-densho-356-265)
doc Returned letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Tsukada (ddr-densho-356-265)
A returned letter addressed to Yoshito Shibata from Yuriko Domoto Tsukada, in the letter Yuri apologizes for the delay in sending her wedding announcement and describes her wedding, finding an apartment in Boston, her husband Richard "Dick" Tsukada, work, and taking Masters courses at Simmons College.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-223)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-223)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he recalls a month long recruitment trip to some of the WRA camps for qualified Niseis to join MIS. His writing includes a mention for being present to an incident at Poston (possibly the Poston Strike or the incidences that lead to the strike). He talks …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-227)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-227)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he thanks Yuri for sending him a gift and recalls his birthday trip up the Empire State Building.
Letter and photos to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-264)
doc Letter and photos to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-264)
Letter and three photographs to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata. In the letter he talks about the things he has seen on the front, his feelings on death, news from their hometowns and mutual friends, and his opinion on if Yuri should relocate. Mailed with the letter are three photographs, the first one is of …
Yoshito Shibata Autobiography (ddr-densho-356-267)
doc Yoshito Shibata Autobiography (ddr-densho-356-267)
Autobiography of Yoshito Shibata, details his time in the U.S. Army between 1941 and 1946. In 1941 he was part of the Finance office, in 1942 he attended the Language School at Camp Savage, in 1943 he was deployed to the Pacific Theatre and was stationed there until 1946.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-232)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-232)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he acknowledges receiving two letters from Yuri, what the Christmas celebration was like at Camp Savage, the response to his report on the recruitment trip to WRA camps, meeting Chris Ishii, the change in daily routine at Camp Savage to include more physical training, inquires into …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-246)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-246)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he informs Yuri about the beautiful views from Angel Island and his plan to visit the Bay Area again to see his family's nursery and possibly visit their Alma Mater (University of California, Berkeley).
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