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Black and white photograph of Japanese American soldiers at Fort Snelling, VJ Day, 1945.

Japanese American soldiers at Fort Snelling, VJ Day

Japanese American soldiers at Fort Snelling, VJ Day, 1945.

Black and white scan of a Military Intelligence Service Language School commencement program, 1945.

Military Intelligence Service Language School commencement program

This program was distributed at a commencement ceremony of the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, 1945.

Black and white photograph of Nisei Women’s Army Corps (WAC) detachment at Fort Snelling, c.1945.

Women’s Army Corps, Fort Snelling

Nisei Women’s Army Corps (WAC) detachment at Fort Snelling, c.1945.

Black and white photograph of General Frank Merrill with Nisei interpreters, c.1945.

General Frank Merrill with Nisei interpreters

(L to R) Sergeant Herbert Miyasaki , General Frank Merrill, and Akiji Yoshimura, c.1945. Miyasaki and Yoshimura were graduates of the MISLS. Some of the most celebrated Nisei of the war fought with the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), better known as “Merrill’s Marauders.”

Black and white photograph of MISLS class at Fort Snelling, c.1944

MISLS class

MISLS class at Fort Snelling, c.1944

Black and white photograph of MISLS students in mess clothing, Fort Snelling, c.1944.

MISLS students in mess clothing, Fort Snelling

MISLS students in mess clothing, Fort Snelling, c.1944.

Black and white photograph of MISLS students Isami Osato and George Sakanari translating Japanese civil service regulations into English at Fort Snelling, c.1944.

Members of the Military Intelligence Language School at Fort Snelling

MISLS students Isami Osato and George Sakanari translate Japanese civil service regulations into English at Fort Snelling, c.1944.

Black and white photograph of soldiers and officers of the Language School, Camp Savage, c.1943.

Soldiers and officers of the Language School, Camp Savage

Soldiers and officers of the Language School, Camp Savage, c.1943.

Black and white photograph of translators at the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, 1945.

Japanese translators at Fort Snelling

Translators at the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, 1945.

Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS)

In 1942, the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) was established in Minnesota. The school trained soldiers as Japanese linguists to support the U.S. military in World War II. The MISLS became a point of pride for Japanese Americans who faced discrimination during the war. A unique institution, the school had a strong impact on the outcome of World War II.

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