Where It All Began, November 1941.
Here on November 1, 1941, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, the U.S. Army secretly trained and housed the first class of the Fourth Army Intelligence School—the MIS—forerunner of the renowned Defense Language Institute and Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey.
Attached to every combat unit in the Pacific Theater, Nisei soldier linguists translated documents, intercepted communications, impersonated the enemy, and gathered key intelligence from prisoners of war. Their intimate knowledge of Japanese language and culture helped gain a tactical advantage over their opponents. The soldiers of the MIS are credited with shortening the war by two years and helped lay the groundwork for Japan’s democracy during the Allied Occupation. Yet, their story remains largely unknown.
We cordially invite you to join us in honoring these men and women this Veteran’s Day weekend on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Building 640—the MIS Historic Learning Center.