The Go For Broke National Education Center has won a request for proposal from the United States Army to collect oral histories from Japanese American veterans of the Military Intelligence Service (M.I.S.) who served as linguists in occupied Japan.
The National Education Center will use the $450,000 awarded for this Japan occupation study to interview 30 Nisei linguists a year for three years, working closely with the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
The program comes at the encouragement of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and the National Japanese American Veterans Council, and follows the Department of Army’s 2006 publication of “Nisei Linguist: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II” by Dr. James McNaughton.
“Our mission to keep the story of the Nisei veterans alive makes this opportunity to work with the Center of Military History especially meaningful,” said Christine Sato-Yamazaki, president and chief executive officer of the National Education Center. (end)
Go For Broke National Education Center membership and information about programs are both available at www.goforbroke.org.