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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U.S. soldiers (ddr-densho-179-154)
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Chow line. T/4 Tomotsu Nagao, T/4 Robert Oda, T/4 Akira Nakamura.
Signing of peace treaty (ddr-densho-179-53)
img Signing of peace treaty (ddr-densho-179-53)
Japanese army and navy representatives from Amami and Miyako-shima for the signing of the peace treaty at the 10th Army Headquarters in Okinawa.
Japanese army nurse and Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-179-139)
img Japanese army nurse and Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-179-139)
Nurse Sueko Nishikado for Japanese Army and Sgt. Harry Okano.
Painting and calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-202)
doc Painting and calligraphy done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-202)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
Military Intelligence Service Language School group photograph (ddr-densho-179-167)
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Camp Savage, Class C-1, 1944. Back row, L to R: Ken K. Aiba, M. Mirohara, Clarence Mashita, Masami Yano, Takashi Imai, T. Yokogawa, Katsumi Onishi and Francis Motofuji. Front row: Tatsujo Abe, H. Yano, K. Seino, Kay Kido, George T. Yamamura, Clarence Hamaishi, H. Miyamoto, M. Okusa and Maso Jimbo. Instructor in front with stripes not …
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-209)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-209)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-179-123)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-179-123)
T/3 Akira Nakamura, 1st Lt. John Flagler, T/3 Shigeru Sato, T/3 Frank Mizuno, T/3 Harry Okano, T/3 Robert Oda.
Okinawan burial tomb (ddr-densho-179-42)
img Okinawan burial tomb (ddr-densho-179-42)
Sgt. Bob Oda and Sgt. Akira Nakamura spent one night in this family burial tomb during Oct. 9, 1945 Okinawa typhoon.
Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-194)
doc Drawing done by a Japanese prisoner of war (ddr-densho-179-194)
Given to a Nisei soldier with the U.S. Military Intelligence Service who was interrogating Japanese prisoners in Okinawa.
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