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“We had to fight three wars: one against the enemy, one against prejudice at home, but in the Army, we had to fight the barriers within the United States Army. And despite that, I would say, despite all that, we are proud to have served our country.”

- Tom Sakamoto,
MIS Veteran

The MIS veterans showcased in this section are limited to those in the MIS NorCal archive, which is housed at the National Japanese American Historical Society. For a comprehensive list of MIS veterans, visit www.javadc.org.

For information about adding a MIS veteran to the database, please email misnorcal@njahs.org.

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Featured Veterans

Hon. John Aiso: One of the first teachers at the Military Intelligence Service Language School at the Presidio of San Francisco, Aiso directed the school throughout World War II and provided strict leadership and guidance that helped the MIS linguists succeed in the field.
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Harry Fukuhara: After graduating from the MISLS at Fort Snelling, Fukuhara served in the Southwest Pacific Command and Occupied Japan. In Japan, he assisted in the creation of the Japanese Defense and Police Agency. In the beginning of 1946, the Army deactivated him and he returned to the United States. One year later, he decided to go to Japan to participate in counterintelligence activities and stayed with the Army for the next 30 years of his life.
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Richard Hayashi: Hayashi was the first Nisei to have served in Europe and in the Pacific. As a member of the 442nd RCT, Hayashi led platoons in France and Italy. After Europe, he received orders to join a parachute unit destined for the invasion of Kyushu, Japan. He taught at MISLS in Fort Snelling and later at the Presidio of Monterey. In May 1947, Hayashi headed for Japan to work with ATIS and the 441st Counter Intelligence Detachment in Tokyo. Read more

Masaji Inoshita: Inoshita volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service from Gila River Detention Camp in Arizona and served in New Delhi, India. After the war, he went to China to interpret the surrender of Japanese troops. Read more

Henry Kuwabara: After graduating from MISLS, Kuwabara received assignment in the China-Burma-India Theater. For two years, he served under SEATIC, Northern Area Combat Command, Nationalist Chinese 22nd Division, and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). After the war, he joined a team of Nisei attached to the British Headquarters in Singapore and Malaysia. For this service, Kuwabara received a British Empire Medal and a Bronze Star. During the Occupation Kuwabara worked with ATIS and CIC, and in the Korean War, he was in charge of a seven-member Nisei intelligence group of the G-2 Section. Read more

Kan Tagami: Tagami served in the China-Burma-India theater as one of Merrill's Marauders. During the Occupation Tagami served as General Douglas MacArthur's interpreter during the Occupation and once met privately with the Emperor of Japan. Read more

Eugene Wright: In June 1941, Wright left his flourishing law practice to volunteer for the Army. Assigned to the 4th Army Intelligence School, he was one of six officers in a special class at the Presidio of San Francisco. In the Pacific, he served in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Russell Islands, and in the Battle of New Georgia. Wright also conducted training sessions in which he explained the importance of the MIS linguists for the war effort. In January 1945, he was sent back to the U.S. to take over PACMIRS. At Camp Ritchie, Wright and his staff analyzed and translated documents and photographs coming in from the Philippines. Read more

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