This website is a
project of The Military Intelligence Service Association
of Northern California (MIS NorCal) and was funded
by a grant from the California Civil Liberties
Public Education Program (CCLPEP) and private
donations from members and friends.
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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for information on specific MIS veterans.
a brief survey of Japanese-American and
MIS history. Timeline
about campaigns in which MIS veterans participated.
about the honors received by MIS linguists.
Read about the honors received by MIS