California State University Japanese American Digitization Project: An Exhibit


Japanese American soldiers distinguished themselves in several theaters of war during World War II - especially in Italy, France, and Germany. While Americans of Japanese descent were being declared enemy aliens, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) was organized on March 23, 1943. The Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) was first established in San Francisco and later at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling, Minnesota. It was created to supply the military with Japanese American translators. The MISLS was critical in producing skilled linguists who were essential to the World War II effort and later the occupation of Japan.

Source: Densho Encyclopedia

President Harry Truman who said, on July 15, 1946, "You fought the enemy abroad and prejudice at home and you won."

Image Source: Toshikuni Taenaka in U.S. Army Uniform, 1942 (UCSB)

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