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Military Intelligence Service Oral Histories
Alternative Title
Saga of the MIS
Kanegai, George
Usui, Mits
Mita, Jim
Hayashi, Frank
Sankey, George
Miyata, Fred
Uratsu, Gene
Akune, Harry
Bannai, Paul
Sakamoto, Tom
Ding, Loni
Kihara, Hayato
Kimura, Rusty
Kubo, Harry
Yamashita, Nob
Hara, Min
Oka, Don
Furuye, Nob
Kuwabara, Henry
Gosho, Hank
Nomura, Sho
Yoneda, Karl
Nakao, Pete
Date Created and/or Issued
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These oral histories are recordings of a panel featuring Japanese American World War II veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service, the army’s unit of Japanese Americans that provided translation and interrogation services. Speakers talk about their experiences that range from family life, Pearl Harbor, being incarcerated in the internment camps, joining the military, training for the Military Intelligence Service, and serving in combat in the South Pacific. Nearly all of these MIS panelists were born and raised in California.
Notes on tapes: Tape 1: Intro: Genesis of the MISLS, Hayato Kihara. Panel I New Guinea, Philippines, Central Pacific: Rusty Kimura, Harry Kubo, Nob Yamashita, Min Hara (read by Vic Abe), Don Oka, + Nob Furuye (read by Don Oka). Tape 2: Panel I Conclusion. Panel II China, Burma, India. Intro: Henry Kuwabara. Hank Gosho, Sho Nomura, Karl Yoneda, Hank - part II, Henry Kuwabara Conclusion. Tape 3: Panel II - conclusion. Panel III - Aleutians, Okinawa. Moderator: Mits Usui. Pete Nakao, Jim Mita, Frank Hayashi, George Sankey (read by Mits Usui). Panel IV - Australia, Philippine: Surrender on the battleship Missouri. Moderator: George Kanegai. Tape 4: Panel IV: Australia-Philippines: Surrender on the battleship Missouri. Fred Miyata, Gene Uratsu, Harry Akine (read by Paul Bannai), Paul Bannai, Tom Sakamoto, Loni Ding, Hayato Kihara. Moderator: George Kanegai
Audio cassette
4 Tapes of 4
calavc_00002_t1; calavc_00002_t2; calavc_00002_t3; calavc_00002_t4
Japanese American soldiers
Military Intelligence Service
United States. War Department
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--California
World War, 1939-1945
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Japanese Americans--California--History
Visual Communications Archives
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