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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Flag flying outside MIS Language School (ddr-densho-397-22)
img Flag flying outside MIS Language School (ddr-densho-397-22)
The sign on the building reads "Headquarters Military Intelligence Service Language School".
Soldier at his desk (ddr-densho-397-62)
img Soldier at his desk (ddr-densho-397-62)
The nameplate at the desk is "T. Sgt. T. Matsui". The nameplate at the empty desk is "S. Sgt. N. Fujioka".
Pinning ceremony clipping (ddr-densho-397-34)
doc Pinning ceremony clipping (ddr-densho-397-34)
Lt. Shigeo Yasutake is presented the Bronze Star by Major General Clayton L. Bissell. Lt. Masayuki Matsunaga is also pictured waiting to receive the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, No. 25 (December 20-27, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-51)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, No. 25 (December 20-27, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-51)
Special holiday issue organized into sections A 1-24 and B 1-24. Selected article titles: "Tributes to the Nisei GIs" (pp. A-1, A-3-A-12), "During World War 2: Military Intelligence Trains 6,000 Nisei" (pp. A-1, A-11-A-12, A-14), "Antidote for Pearl Harbor Myths" (pp. A-1, A-16-A-17), and "Constitution of the National Japanese American Citizens League (Amended as of 1962)" …
Letter to Takeko Miyagi from Bill Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-14)
doc Letter to Takeko Miyagi from Bill Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-14)
Letter to Takeko Miyagi from her older brother William "Bill" Miyagi. Bill writes that he received Takeko's letter, and he cannot send her the pictures he took at Poston as his camera has been stolen. He also writes that his schooling at Fort Snelling had not yet started.
11th Triennial Nisei Veterans Reunion Maui News supplement (ddr-densho-390-139)
doc 11th Triennial Nisei Veterans Reunion Maui News supplement (ddr-densho-390-139)
Articles on the 11th Nisei Veterans Reunion held in Maui, with a list of participants. Walter Matsuoka is listed on page 24 with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Yoshimi Matsuura Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1014-6-25)
vh Yoshimi Matsuura Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1014-6-25)
Being drafted, choosing to join the Military Intelligence Service
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