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 (636)

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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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Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-224)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-224)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he describes in detail his furlough trip in New York City.
Note on train menu (ddr-densho-356-215)
doc Note on train menu (ddr-densho-356-215)
Train menu from Great Northern Railway's Empire Builder route. On the back of the menu is a message to Yuri Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata. In the message Yoshito informs Yuriko that the train is crossing into Idaho and he is headed to Fort Snelling in Minnesota and that he will write her again once he …
Birthday card to Yuri from Yoshito (ddr-densho-356-240)
doc Birthday card to Yuri from Yoshito (ddr-densho-356-240)
Birthday card to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata. Associated with the card were a receipt for curtains and a shipping label.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-254)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-254)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he details his thoughts and feelings about recent news of governmental attempts to bar Japanese Americans from returning to the West Coast and the recent rulings in EO9066 test cases. He then continues the letter by describing a recent carnival near the base and movies he …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-253)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-253)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he recounts reading a pamphlet she sent him, and wonders if she or someone shouldn't write a book about the real camp experience.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-234)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-234)
Letter to Yuri Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he thanks Yuri for her gift of sweets, and how it was shared with many members of his class. He continues on and explains the current schedule at Camp Savage, and an offer to buy items for the Domotos in Minneapolis. He also inquires about her …
Draft of letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-250)
doc Draft of letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-250)
Draft of a letter to Yoshito Shibata from Yuri Domoto Tsukada in which she talks about the dusty weather at Amache, the pain of evacuation, her family's joy at hearing from him, and notification of the birth of a nephew.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-226)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-226)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he tells about the USO building he is writing this letter from, his urgent need to return to Camp Savage to write up his report on his recent recruitment tour of WRA camps, and of a good Japanese restaurant he visited while on furlough.
Letter to Katherine Gray from Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-257)
doc Letter to Katherine Gray from Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-257)
Letter to Katherine Gray from Yuriko Domoto Tsukada ordering 6 cakes of soap to be shipped to Yoshito Shibata as a Christmas gift.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-230)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-230)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he discusses his report on his recruitment trip to WRA camps, his recent trip to Minneapolis, his thoughts on Christmas in the army vs. in camp, and censorship of the mail. While in Minneapolis visited a florist that use to do business with the Domoto Bros …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-259)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-259)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he talks about the difficulties of writing on a train by candlelight, his recent assignment to a Marine unit, responses to a letter Yuri wrote to him, facts about trains in Australia, his feelings on question 28, and inquires if the Domoto family has plans to …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-263)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-263)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he speaks of his feelings for the loss of Kanetaro Domoto (Yuriko's father) and provides comfort and sympathy to Yuriko.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-245)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-245)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he describes a visit to the Domoto Family's nursery in Hayward which was under the care of Pete Milan.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-243)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-243)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he describes plans to visit areas around the San Francisco Bay while he is temporarily station there, a concern locals will report his unit to the FBI, and a desire to be transferred to the front soon.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-236)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-236)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he talks about the press a Marine office gave about Nisei soldiers learning Japanese in Minnesota and using it in the Pacific theater, the announcement of the formation of 442nd/100th Battalion, a recent proposal to relocate Japanese Americans into Midwestern states in defense and agricultural jobs, …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-248)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-248)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he talks about his first week in the Pacific Theater at an undisclosed location.
Letter from Yoshito Shibata to Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-216)
doc Letter from Yoshito Shibata to Yuri Domoto (ddr-densho-356-216)
Envelope and letter addressed to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata. In the letter Yoshito writes about his memories of Easter and the possibility of how he will celebrate this year, inquires about Yuri's plans, his visits to Minneapolis and St. Paul, where he and other soldiers are asked if they are Japanese or Chinese, and if …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-247)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-247)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he informs her that a backlog of letters were delivered to his unit causing him awe at the importance of communication while in the army, he also talks about visiting his hometown and offers to stop by the Domoto's nursery to check in on things for …
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-242)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-242)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he informs Yuri of his new mailing address.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-255)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-255)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he tells high tales about the mosquitos in his area.
Letter to Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-212)
doc Letter to Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-212)
Two drafts of a letter to Yoshito Shibata from presumably Yuriko Domoto Tsukada in which she asks to talk in person about a photo she received from him.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-251)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-251)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he inquires about the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps being opening to Nisei and if Yuri or their mutual friend Tak were thinking about joining. Hints at his interesting work, but notes that he can not share it due to the censor.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-260)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-260)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he describes his office, a sermon he heard earlier that day on poor language, his own family, and memories of college.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-221)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Yoshito Shibata (ddr-densho-356-221)
Envelope and letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Yoshito Shibata in which he discusses the ease in which all the solider took to studying and wonders if its in part because many of the soldiers are college graduates. He then discusses in detail the ways Nisei soldiers interact with locals and the widespread dating that is …
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