MIS veterans and their descendants are eligible for membership in the MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii.
Complete the membership applications in the veterans or associate categories provided below. Veterans must have served in the armed forces, while associates are spouses or lineal descendants of veterans.
Complete the application and mail it, along with annual dues of $20.00, to the MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii, P.O. Box 3021, Honolulu, HI 96802.
Donate to the Club
The MIS Veterans Club welcomes donations from the members and anyone interested in preserving the legacy of our veterans and supporting the organization’s activities. Donations may be mailed to the club.
We welcome your contributions!
Help Keep the MIS Legacy Alive
Here are a few ways you can keep the MIS legacy alive.
Learn your family’s story.
You videotaped your kid’s graduation and your grandchild’s birthday. You can record your veteran’s recollections. At least write key facts down and save your notes. Record the dates and locations of photos and especially the names of people in photos.
Save wartime letters, documents, photographs, and memorabilia.
Each of them is irreplaceable. Efforts are under way to develop permanent storage for these priceless items, by the MIS Veterans Club and the Nisei Veterans Legacy Center. Meanwhile, store them in acid-free containers and away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures and humidity.
However, if you don’t have storage space or are desperate to discard items, please contact us for advice or assistance.
Do some homework.
The MIS story is not a simple one because the number of wartime assignments they had were as diverse as the soldiers themselves, and their achievements were cloaked in secrecy. But you can begin with something as effortless as a Google search; enter the veteran’s name along with a keyword like “Army,” “World War II,” or “military intelligence service,” and see what comes up. Several books have been written about the MIS, many more about the war. Reading can give you a better understanding of what your veteran did during the war. Maybe you can write a book someday, because much remains unrecorded for history.
Set the record straight.
For more than twenty years, a number of independent researchers have been compiling a database containing the service information of MISers who served in World War II, the Battle of Okinawa, and the occupation. Unfortunately, due to the secrecy of the assignments of the MIS personnel, about 2,000 Hawaii MIS veterans have incomplete records. This does not do justice to their service.
For the sake of all of your families, your historical legacy, and for the education and appreciation of future generations, volunteers are being recruited to help in this research, which will be conducted entirely in Honolulu. Training will be provided; hours are flexible (weekdays, business hours) and record-copying expenses furnished. Service learning credit may be awarded to qualifying students.
Contact Drusilla Tanaka, (808) 235-1343 or (808) 372-4840, or e-mail at <email@example.com> to help.
Join the MIS Veterans Club of Hawaii and get involved.
Veterans and their descendants are eligible for membership. Fill out an application provided in the “Join Us” page. The club does not have a paid staff, nor resources to conduct detailed research. Participation in club events, however, might steer you to people and source material.