NNM November Speaker Series - Unsung Heroes: The History of the Military Intelligence Service - Shared screen with speaker view
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Thank you Mike ! We all honor the Nisei Linguists.
“Armed With Language” is an Upper Midwest Emmy award winning documentary which was aired this spring and is about the MISLS. It was produced by Twin Cities Public Television.
My Uncle Jake was MIS during the war and at Fort Snelling in St Paul, MN. Thankful for all of them.
I have a question. Was it true that they needed to "decode" Japanese dialects like Kagoshima-ben???
I can talk about this later, but the different dialects that were spoken by Japanese units caused some problems because although the Nisei interpreters could speak and write Japanese, they were not fluent with various Japanese dialects. That’s why the kibei were so valuable to the MIS.
My dad received the CIB for his work in New Guinea. He also earned the Bronze Star. He is mentioned in the book Yankee Samurai.
Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II by Jim McNaughton: https://www.amazon.com/Nisei-Linguists-Japanese-Americans-Intelligence/dp/1780390432
5 sons, 2 daughters
Thanks Dawn! Yes, 5 sons (although one infant son died), 2 daughters.
Y W: I am only familiar with one story about the translation of the Z plan where the MISers were able to determine where certain targets were located based on a particular word and how it was used.
There was a very little known MIS language school at the University of Michigan during the war. My family ended up in Ann Arbor during the war with a very small JA community.
Appreciate your work!
Thank you, Lucy, for your work. I would love to see the film.
Would also love to see it on Hoopla, another app many libraries use.
Sincere appreciation for your work Lucy.
Is Proof of Loyalty on Kanopy or Hoopla?
I found Proof of Loyalty on Kanopy.
“Ritchie Boy Secrets” by Beverly Driver Eddy, was
released in Sept 2021 which has a chapter on the Nisei Linguists assigned to Camp Ritchie.
Bruce Henderson is writing about the Nisei linguists at Ft Ritchie … I think the book release is scheduled for late spring 2022
According to Google Map, there is only a very small notice/sign on MIS at Camp Savage now... it's kinda sad... (I'm in MN, and visited Fort Snelling, of course!)
My cousin said the same thing. Her dad (MIS) never said anything about the war because he was sworn to secrecy. It wasn’t until he got the Congressional Gold Medal that he shared anything at all, and even then not that much.
The city of Hiroshima said they knew of only 200 prewar photos of Hiroshima until Wakaji’s work was discovered.
Jayne Hirata (she, her)
Lots of information at the MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii website also http://www.misveteranshawaii.com
“Armed With Language” is on U-Tube. It is being aired by select PBS stations this fall.
Thank you all. Karen, so amazing what your dad did and your grandfather’s photos, especially of Hiroshima before the bomb. Can’t wait to see all of the films and resources.
Thank you all!!!
Thank you!!! ありがとうございます。
Thank you, it was very impressive. ありがとうございました
Thank you so very much!
Lucy, love your film on Kay Sakai Nakao, a true BFF
Elaine M. Woo
Thank you everyone involved. Great learning information & sources!
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