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“When the U.S. Army needed Japanese-speaking soldiers for military intelligence and combat duty, the Nisei answered the call. They served under very difficult circumstances–not the least of which was that their own fellow soldiers were liable to mistake them for the enemy. They rendered invaluable service: interrogating prisoners, intercepting messages, translating captured documents, infiltrating enemy lines, and other vital functions. They saved countless lives and shortened the war in the Pacific, perhaps by as much as two years.

Because of the highly classified nature of their work, their full contribution to America’s victory would not be recognized until decades later. When their full story was finally told, it played a major role in securing passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which Congress enacted in an attempt to redress the injustice of the internment." - Secretary of State Colin Powell

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