Nisei Linguists and New Perspectives on the Pacific War: Intelligence, Race, and Continuity by McNaughton, James C.
"It was the success of these first few Nisei linguists, by the way, that convinced the War Department to establish a Japanese-American combat unit, the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team that fought in Italy, France, and Germany. In 1942 the War Department moved the school, then named the Military Intelligence Service Language School, to Minnesota, and by the invasion of Saipan two years later, the school had graduated over 1,200 linguists. By the time US forces landed on Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945 the school had graduated over 2,000 who fought in every battle and campaign. Three earned the Distinguished Service Cross, and a number the Silver Star, some of them posthumously."...continue reading