Dear YANK:

There are a number of boys from Hawaii who are stationed in the States. Now that it is all over why not transfer these men to duty in the Hawaiian Islands? Such a deal would release many Stateside boys who are stationed in Hawaii and who are just as eager as we are to be stationed closer to home.

While the boys from the States were getting their regular semi-annual furloughs home we were receiving TS slips because of the distance to our homes. But that’s water under the bridge.

This Kanaka is getting a little homesick for Waikiki Beach and the hula gals.

—Cpl. Richard Matsuda – Camp Fannin, Tex.

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General Frank Merrill of Merrill’s Marauders in Burma flanked by two members of the MIS. The Military Intelligence Service (MIS) was made up of Japanese-Americans soldiers who provided translation, interpretation and interrogation services to American units fighting in the Pacific and the China-Burma-India Theater.

100th battalion italy hawaii soldiers

Men of the 100h Infantry Battalion in Italy. The men of the 100th Battalion were primarily made up of Japanese-American volunteers from Hawaii.

For More History on Japanese Americans in WWII Check Out

Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War against Nazi Germany

MIS in the War Against Japan Personal Experiences Related at the 1993 MIS Capital Reunion, the Nisei Veteran: An American Patriot

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