Ashmead, John.

The Mountain and the Feather

Published by Houghton Mifflin (Boston) in 1961. 397 p.

Novel. Fictionalized account of the activities of a young Naval Officer serving as a Japanese language specialist in Honolulu and the Pacific, 1943-1945. Ashmead was a graduate of Navy Japanese language program at the University of Colorado. Boulder.

Cary, Otis, ed.

War-wasted Asia; Letters, 1945


1st ed. Correspondents: Donald Keene, Wm. Theodore de Bary, Otis Cary, Frank L. Turner, Sherwood R. Moran, Hisashi Kubota, Richard K. Beardsley, Warren Tsuneishi, David L. Osburn. Published by Kodansha International (242-21 Otowa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112), 1975. 322p. Illustrated, with some photographs.

Letters written in the immediate aftermath of the war by American servicemen in the field (Japan, China, Korea, etc.) involved in intelligence activities, all but two of whom(Kubota and Tsuneishi) were trained in the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School, University of California, Berkeley and University of Colorado, Boulder.

Chan, Won-by. 

Burma: the Untold Story

Published by Presidio Press (31 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94947. NB. For later address, see Crost entry, below.) 1986. xi, 138p. Illustrated with photos and 11 maps.

A native of North Bend, Oregon and a graduate of Stanford University (where he received his reserve commission), Chan was called to active duty following Pearl Harbor. He was trained in Japanese as a member of the first Presidio-Savage class. This book is his account of personal experiences as a language specialist in General Stilwell's second and third Burma campaigns. Includes acknowledgment of contributions made by several Savage colleagues, including Grant Hirabayashi, Toichi Ichimura, and Yasuharu Koike.

Crost, Lyn

Honor by Fire: Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific

Published by Presidio Press (505B San Mann Dr., Novato, CA 949454340), 1994. xiv; 346p. Illustrated with photos and maps.

The first integrated account of the exploits of Japanese American servicemen during World War TI, focussing on the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific and Asia and on the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion in Europe. Traces the beginnings of the 100th and the MIS following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and then proceeds chronologically throughout the war years to describe the exploits of Nisei servicemen in action around the world using documentary and published sources, as well as interviews of individual veterans. Crost writes from the perspective of an eye witness war correspondent who covered the lOOth/442nd RCT in action for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Harrington, Joseph D.

 Yankee Samurai: the Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacfic Victory

Published by Pettigrew Enterprises, Inc. (50 Victor, Detroit, Michigan 48203), 1979. 265p. Illustrated, with numerous photographs. Briefly sketched accounts "in the words of the men who lived it" of the activities of over 900 Nisei MISers, arranged more or less by campaign and battle unit.

Ichinokuchi, Tad

John Aiso and the MIS: Japanese-American Soldiers in the Military Intelligence Service, World War II

By Tad Ichinokuchi, assisted by Daniel Aiso. Sponsor: The Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California (707 East Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012). Copyright 1988. 256p. Illustrated, with numerous photographs.

Includes brief biography of Col. John F. Aiso, Director of Academic Training, Military Intelligence Service Language School; personalized accounts of experiences by individual servicemen at Camp Savage and Ft. Snelling; and personal experiences of MISers in action in Burma, South Pacific, Philippines, Okinawa, the Occupation of Japan, etc. Includes also John Weckerling's account of the Nisei in the MIS (see below); and a Graduate List of the MISLS, Presidio, San Francisco, Camp Savage, and Fort Snelling, also found in the MISLS Album listed below.

Ige, Tom

Boy From Kahaluu, an Autobiography

Honolulu: Kin Cho Jin Kai, 1989. Distributed by University of Hawaii Press (2840 Kolowalu St., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822). xx, 186p. Illustrated.

Autobiography of a Hawaiian Nisei whose immigrant parents from Okinawa saw their son rise from the sugar cane plantations of Kahaluu to serve as a professor at the University of Hawaii and Senator Daniel Inouye's administrative assistant. As narrated in chapter 6, "Off to War, 1943-1946", Ige volunteered for MIS duty, and his suggestion that a team of Okinawan-speaking MISers be included in the forces committed to the invasion of Okinawa was implemented by the Army. That team of 10, led by Lt.Wallace Amioka, served with distinction. Ige himself was seriously wounded by an exploding land mine on Kerama Island.

Ishimaru, Stone S.

Military Intelligence Service Language School, Ft. Snelling, MN

Copyright 1991 by TecCom Production (Box 39841, Los Angeles, CA 90039). Unpaged. Includes texts of three news releases issued by the War Dept Bureau of Public Relations Press Branch on October 22, 1945 entitled "The Military Intelligence Service Language School"; "Nisei Linguists: Eyes and Ears of Allied Pacific Forces"; and "Army Japanese Linguists in Training". Also includes 53 pages of photographs taken by Ishimaru, U.S. Army Signal Corps, at Fort Snelling, in the Pacific Theater, and in Occupied Japan.

Ishimaru, Stone S.

Military Intelligence Service Language School, Camp Savage, Minnesota, 1942-44

Issued by the Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California (707 East Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012). Copyright 1992. Unpaged.

This commemorative booklet, consisting of a brief text and numerous photographs, was compiled for distribution at the Sentimental Journey Reunion of MISers in 1992, with the support of the Minneapolis MIS Reunion Committee, Twin Cities MIS, and Twin Cities JACL.

Mashbir, Sidney F.

I was an American Spy

Published by Vantage Press (New York) in 1953. 374p. Illustrated.

Memoirs of Colonel Mashbir, who served as commanding officer of the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section in General MacArthur Is GHQ. The war years are covered in Chapters 12-15. In Chapter 13, "The Nisei," Mashir pays tribute to MISers in these words: "The United States of America owes a debt to these men and to their families which it can never fully repay.

MISLS Album, 1946

Reprint Edition. Reprinted by The Battery Press (P.O. Box 3107, Uptown Station, Nashville, TN 37219), 1990. 136p. Illustrated. (21st in the Combat Arms Series.) Contents.- Organization: History of MISLS, Organization, Staff-Presidio; Officers,Original Instructors, Students. -Savage: Barracks, Military and Academic, Snapshots.- Snelling: Buildings, Staff, Military, Academic, Off-Duty. Overseas: Theaters, Combat, V-J Day, Occupational.-Graduate List of the MISI,S: Presidio, San Francisco, Camp Savage, Fort Snelling.

Nisei in the Military Intelligence Service

Special issue of Nikkei Heritage (III: 4, Fall 1991) published by the National Japanese American Historical Society (1855 Folsom St. #161, San Francisco, CA 94103). 18p. Illustrated.

This issue was published to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the MIS Language School at the Presidio of San Francisco in November 1941. Includes articles by Clifford Uyeda on the issue of loyalty; by Harry K. Fukuhara on encounters with Japanese POWs; by Thomas T. Sakamoto on the surrender of Japan; and by Tom Kawaguchi appraising the work of the MISLS.

Nishimura, Hiro.

Trials and Triumphs of the Nikkei

Issued by Fukuda Publishers (P0 Box 1374, Mercer Island, WA 98040), 1983. 253p. Illustrated.

A panelist at the MIS Capital Reunion, Nishimura (see Profile) has written an interpretive history of the Nikkei in America "from the perspective of one World War II veteran (Cover). Chapter 6, "Era of Melting Pot, Middle Phase, Nisei Soldiers: 1942-1945", begins with his own account as a draftee trained at Camp Savage, briefly covers his experiences in Burma, and concludes with an analysis of the "Go For Broke" attitude characteristic of Nisei servicemen during the war.

Oguro, Richard S.

Sen Pai Gumi; Story of First Group of AJAs from Hawaii and American Concentration Camps to Attend Army Language School at Camp Savage, Minnesota

Privately printed at Hochi Press, Honolulu, 1980. i-xlvip., 1-234p., xlvii-lxxxviiip. Illustrated.

Cover title: Senpai Gumi. Title also in Sinico-Japanese characters. A potpourri including a list of senpai in the MIS from the 100th Infantry, personal reflections contributed by 11 veterans, photos, 1944 MISLS commencement addresses by Herbert Kono and Gideon Seymour, Japanese American Creed, etc.

Secret Valor: M.I. S. Personnel, World War IL Pre-Pearl Harbor to Sept. 8, 1951.50th Anniversary Reunion, July 8-10, 1993

Publication Staff Chairman: George S. Ishida. Senior Editor: Ted T. Tsukiyama. Editor: Fumiyo Migimoto. Issued by MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii (P.O. Box 3021, Honolulu, Hawaii 96802), 1993. 124p.

Published on the occasion of the reunion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the departure in July 1943 of the first group of Nisei volunteers from Hawaii for training at Camp Savage. Includes accounts of Hawaii Nisei pioneers; a history of the MISLS; and 41 individual wartime and Occupation experiences.

Shellum, Duane R.

America's Human Secret Weapon

Program Sponsor: Minnihon Arts Center. Issued by Minnisei Printers, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., 1977. iii, 39pp. Illustrated.

This booklet, based on interviews of nearly 30 MISLS graduates who settled in Twin Cities area, provides background accounts of Japanese immigration and of the evacuation; a brief history of the MJSLS at the Presidio, Camp Savage, and Fort Snelling and the curriculum of training; individual accounts of overseas activities in the Pacific, the CBI, and the Occupation; and concludes with an overview of the family life of transplanted Nisei in Minnesota.

Uyeda, Clifford and Barry Saiki, co-editors.

The Pacific War and Peace; Americans ofJapanese Ancestry in Military Intelligence Service, 1941 to 1952.

Published by Military Intelligence Service Association of Northern California and the Japanese American Historical Society (1855 Folsom Street, #161, San Francisco, CA 94103-4307), 1991. 95p. Illustrated with numerous photographs and 8 maps.

Published as a commemorative booklet on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Military Intelligence Service Language School in 1941. Includes brief accounts of MISLS, WACs, University Intensive Japanese Language Schools, Kibei Nisei, OSS, and summaries of war experiences in the Alaskan, South Pacific, Southwest Pacific, Central Pacific, and Southeast Asia Commands, as well as in the Occupation of Japan, Pacific Military Intelligence Research Section, the War in Europe, and the Korean War.

Weckerling, John.

 Japanese Americans Play Vital Role in United States Intelligence Service in World War II

Reprinted by Diversified Business Forms (527 Howard St. 3d Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3061), 1974.

Illustrated pamphlet of 16 unnumbered pages (including covers), originally written in 1946 by Weckerling, who served as the first commandant of the Fourth Army (Japanese Language) Intelligence School, Presidio, San Francisco, from 1941 to 1942. First published as a series in Hokubei Mainichi, San Francisco, October 27-30 and November 2-5,1971. Weckerling describes the "behind the scenes" story of the beginnings of the MISLS and the early recruitment of Nisei staff and volunteers, and concludes with selected accounts of the accomplishments of Nisei linguists in the field. A 1983 reprint of the pamphlet was distributed to registrants at the MISLS 50th Anniversary Reunion in 1991.