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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Kenji Goto Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1007-2-5)
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Requesting overseas service, but kept as language instructor instead

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Kenji Goto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1007-2-3)
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Being placed in charge of the oral language division of the Military Intelligence Service

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Kenji Goto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1007-2-2)
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The lack of commissioned officers among Nisei Military Intelligence Service men

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Kenji Goto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1007-2-4)
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Experiences teaching in the Military Intelligence Service Language School

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Mitsue Matsui Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1008-3-18)
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Reaction to dropping of atomic bomb over Hiroshima

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Mitsue Matsui Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1008-3-21)
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Thoughts on the atomic bombings

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Mitsue Matsui Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1008-3-15)
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Description of John Aiso

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Mitsue Matsui Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1008-3-14)
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Taking a job with the Military Intelligence Service

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Mitsue Matsui Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1008-3-8)
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Sent to the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Camp Savage, Minnesota

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Mitsue Matsui Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1008-3-16)
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A growing respect and demand for Military Intelligence Service Language School graduates

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Mitsue Matsui Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1008-3-17)
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Sharing memories of Major Aiso, "A great Nisei leader"

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George S. Matsui Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1008-2-16)
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Visiting family in occupied Japan: an awkward situation

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George S. Matsui Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1008-2-12)
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Awarded Bronze Star for securing surrender of Japanese

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George S. Matsui Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1008-2-19)
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Serving during the occupation of Japan: natural resources work

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George S. Matsui Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1008-2-17)
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Traveling to Japan after the war

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George S. Matsui Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1008-2-8)
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Recruited by the military out of Tule Lake concentration camp

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George S. Matsui Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1008-2-18)
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Family's wartime experiences

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George S. Matsui Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1008-2-14)
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Receiving Bronze Star

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George S. Matsui Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1008-2-10)
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Memories of John Aiso, Director of the Military Intelligence Service Language School

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George Koshi Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1008-1-17)
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Visiting relatives in Japan postwar: meeting a cousin who had fought for Japan

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George Koshi Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1008-1-8)
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Turmoil of Japanese American servicemen: fighting while their families are behind barbed wire

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George Koshi Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1008-1-15)
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Returning to Japan at the end of the war: a firsthand look at the destruction

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George Koshi Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1008-1-23)
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Japan's war crimes trials: higher-ranked officers held responsible

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George Koshi Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1008-1-11)
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Transferred to the Pentagon but barred from promotion

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George Koshi Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1008-1-22)
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Emotional toll of the war crimes trials

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