- - Monday, August 8, 2016


Another untold or at least little-told story from World War II is the role played by the Japanese Americans in the war in the Pacific (“An untold woman’s story of World War II,” Web, Aug. 4). These Japanese Americans included my father, four of his brothers and two of his sisters, all of whom were in the Military Intelligence Service and Allied Translation and Interpretation Service while their parents were in the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming.

The Japanese Americans not only translated captured military documents and interogated Japanese prisoners of war, they also went unarmed into caves filled with Japanese soldiers to encourage the soldiers to surrender. In at least one case they even served as double agents. A high-ranking officer serving with Gen. Douglas MacArthur stated that the services of these men and women might have shortened the war and saved many lives on both sides.



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