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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.

Color image of the front façade of the Head House of the Duluth Armory, 2010.

Head House, Duluth Armory

Front façade of the Head House of the Duluth Armory, 2013. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Chris857.

Black and white photograph of Duluth’s Third Regiment Armory, a predecessor of the larger National Guard armory built in 1915. Photographed by Hugh McKenzie c. 1915.

Third Regiment Armory, Duluth

Duluth’s Third Regiment Armory, a predecessor of the larger National Guard armory built in 1915. Photographed by Hugh McKenzie, c.1915.

Colorized postcard of the Duluth Armory, c.1920.

Duluth Armory

Postcard of the Duluth Armory, c.1920.

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