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See the following for more information on the Military Intelligence Service and nisei veterans of World War II.

Hawaiʻi Organizations

100th Infantry Battalion

442nd Regimental Combat Team

Nisei Veterans Legacy

Nisei Memorial Veterans Center (Maui)

University of HawaiʻiLibrary (Hawaiʻi War Records Depository)

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi


National Park Service: MIS Language School at Fort Snelling

Go For Broke National Education Center

Japanese American Veterans Association

Japanese American National Museum

National Japanese American Historical Society

National Veterans Association

Merrill’s Marauders and the Nisei

Defense Language Institute

National Museum of the United States Army

MIS Publications

The MIS Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi has a stock of publications on various aspects of the Military Intelligence Service. See the attached list for available publications and their cost.

Send your request to misveteranshawaii@gmail.com. Please add $5.00 to the publication cost for shipping and handling.

MIS Publications


While this bibliography lists many books on the Military Intelligence Service, it is by no means exhaustive. For example, books on the OSS or Merrill’s Marauders during World War II may contain references to the nisei linguists who served with those those units. If you have books to add to this list, please send the information to the MIS Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi <misveteranshawaii@gmail.com>.

Anzai, Rosemary. For Love of Country: World War II Secret Agent Arthur Komori. Paragon Agency, 2013.

Ariyoshi, George R. With Obligation to All. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1997.

Baker, Allan. Merrill’s Marauders. New York: Ballantine Books, 1972.

Beechert, Alice M., and Edward D. Beechert. From Kona to Yenan: The Political Memoirs of Koji Ariyoshi. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2000.

Breuer, William B. MacArthur’s Secret Wars: Spies, Saboteurs, Guerillas, and Secret Missions. Australia: Castle Books, 1995.

Chan, Won-loy. Burma: The Untold Story. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1986.

Chang, Thelma. I Can Never Forget: Men of the 100th/442nd. Honolulu: SIGI Productions, 1991.

Clarke, Thurston. Pearl Harbor Ghosts: The Legacy of December 7, 1941. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1991.

Crost, Lyn. Honor by Fire; Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1994.

Defense Language Institute. 50 Years of Excellence: 50th Anniversary, 1941-1991, Military Intelligence Service Language School, Army Language School, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Monterey, California: Defense Language Institute, 1991.

Duus, Masayo Umezawa. Unlikely Liberators: The Men of the 100th and 442nd. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1988.

Gilbert, James L., John P. Finnegan, and Ann Bray. In the Shadow of the Sphinx: A History of Army Counterintelligence. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Army, 2005.

Harrington, Joseph D. Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America’s Pacific Victory. Detroit: Pettigrew Enterprises, 1979.

Hawaiʻi Nikkei History Editorial Board. Japanese Eyes, American Heart, Volume I; Personal Reflections of Hawaii’s World War II Nisei Soliders. Honolulu: Tendai Educational Foundation, 1998.

Hawaiʻi Nikkei History Editorial Board. Japanese Eyes, American Heart, Volume II: Voices From the Home Front in World War II Hawaii. Honolulu: Tendai Educational Foundation, 2012.

Hawaiʻi Nikkei History Editorial Board. Japanese Eyes, American Heart, Volume III: Learning to Live in Hawaii. Honolulu: Tendai Educational Foundation, 2013.

Hazama, Dorothy, and Jane Komeiji. Okage Same De: The Japanese in Hawaii. Honolulu: Bess Press, 1986.

Higa, Thomas Taro. Memoirs of a Certain Nisei (Aru Nisei No Wadachi). Hawaiʻi: Higa Publications, 1988.

Hopkins, James E.T. Spearhead: A Complete History of Merrill’s Marauder Rangers. Baltimore: Galahad Press, 1999.

Ichinokuchi, Tad. John Aiso and the MIS; Japanese-American Soldiers in the Military Intelligence Service, World War II. Los Angeles: Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California, 1988.

Ige, Tom. Boy From Kahaluu: An Autobiography. Honolulu: Kin Cho Jin Kai (Distributed by University of Hawaiʻi Press), 1989.

Isokane, Sam Setsuo. Nisei Men of JICPOA Annex. Honolulu: Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi, 2001.

Kikuchi, Yuki. The Pacific War of the Nisei in Hawaii, translated and edited by Yoko Hayashi and Yoshinobu Oshiro. Honolulu: Self-published, 1999.

Knaefler, Tomi Kaizawa. Our House Divided: Seven Japanese American Families in World War II. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1991.

Kotani, Roland. The Japanese in Hawaii: A Century of Struggle. Honolulu: Oʻahu Kanyaku Imin Centennial Committee, 1985.

Mashbir, Sidney F. I Was An American Spy. Massachusetts: Vantage Press, 1953.

Masuda, Minoru. Letters From the 442nd: The World War II Correspondence of a Japanese American Medic. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.

Matsuo, Dorothy. Boyhood to War: History and Anecdotes of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing Company, 1992.

McNaughton, James C. Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Army, 2006.

Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi. The Nisei Intelligence War Against Japan. Honolulu: Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi, 1993.

Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi. Secret Valor. Honolulu: Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi, 1993.

Moulin, Pierre. American Samurais: World War II in the Pacific; Military Intelligence Service: The Best Kept Secret in World War II. Virginia: Socrates Institute Press, 2011.

Muller, Eric. American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II. North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Nakasone, Edwin M. The Nisei Soldier: Historical Essays on World War II and the Korean War. Minneapolis: Rapit Printing, 1999.

National Defense Intelligence College. Interrogation: World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq. Washington, D.C.: National Defense Intelligence College Press, 2008.

Odo, Franklin. No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawaii During World War II. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004.

Oguro, Richard S. Sempai Gumi. Hawaiʻi: Self-published, 1982.

Sacquety, Troy J. The OSS in Burma: Jungle War Against the Japanese. Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2013.

Sakakida, Richard, and Wayne S. Kiyosaki. A Spy in Their Midst; The World War II Struggle of a Japanese-American Hero. Lanham, Maryland: Madison Books, 1995.

Shibutani, Tamotsu. The Derelicts of Company K; A Sociological Study of Demoralization. University of California Press, 1978.

Slesnick, Irwin L., and Carole E. Slesnick. Kanji & Codes: Learning Japanese for World War II. Bellingham, Washington: Irwin Slenick and Carole Slesnick, 2006.

Sterner, C. Douglas. Go For Broke: The Nisei Warriors of World War II Who Conquered German, Japan, and American Bigotry. Utah: American Legacy Historical Press, 2008.

Swift, Jr., David W. First Class: Nisei Linguists in World War II; Origins of the Military Intelligence Service Language Program. San Francisco: National Japanese American Historical Society, 2006.

Tottori, Calvin. The OSS Niseis in the China-Burma-India Theater. Honolulu: Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaiʻi.

Various. The Pacific War and Peace; Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Military Intelligence Service, 1941 to 1952. San Francisco: Military Intelligence Service Association of Northern California and National Japanese American Historical Society, 1991.

Various. Unsung Heroes: Military Intelligence Service Past, Present, and Future. Seattle: Military Intelligence Service Northwest Association, 1996.

Ward, Lorraine, Katherine Erwin, and Yoshinobu Oshiro. Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy. Honolulu, Hawaiʻi: Curriculum Research & Development Group, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, 2013.

Yenne, Bill. Rising Sons: The Japanese American GIs Who Fought for the United States in World War II. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.