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Introduction: The Registry (04:05)


Japanese American veterans wonder who will remember their contributions during World War II. Grant Hayao Ichikawa visits his wife's tomb. The Nisei are U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who spent time in concentration camps before enlisting in the Military Intelligence Service. (Credits)

Terry Takeshi Doi (04:01)

Patrick Doi opens a trunk that contains his father's uniform and MIS diploma. The family finds an itinerary listing locations the patriarch visited during World War II. A registry lists 7,000 individuals who were part of the MIS.

Grant Hayao Ichikawa (04:36)

Ichikawa attends Camp Savage. He receives a field commission and a Bronze Star. He recalls convincing several Japanese soldiers to surrender. Seiki Oshiro compiles thousands of names for the registry; Nisei are considered temporary duty servicemen and not archived.

Edwin (Bud) Nakasone (07:54)

Colonel Kai Rasmussen founds Camp Savage to train Nisei personnel. The school moves to Fort Snelling when it becomes too large. Masaji Inoshita volunteers for service at Gila River concentration camp, serves in China, Burma, and India, and interrogates prisoners of war.

Seiki Oshiro (05:11)

Oshiro volunteers for duty; the military provides an opportunity to leave the sugar plantation in Hawaii. He is first hired as a computer operator and eventually learns to program. Veterans need time to process their military service.

Roy Hiroshi Matsumoto (04:57)

Despite saving his unit, Matsumoto's commanding officer does not recommend him for the Congressional Medal of Honor. Nisei men do not discuss feelings. Merrill's Mauraders harass supply lines and die during World War II.

Frank Hachiya (04:11)

During the 1942 military evacuation, Hachiya is transported to the Minidoka Relocation Center and volunteers for combat duty. In the Military Intelligence Service, he maps out Japanese defenses for the Invasion of Leyte; he subsequently dies. Acts of racism in Hood River generate national attention.

Mas Inoshita (05:12)

Inoshita works with the Gila River Reservation where he was interned before joining the military; the local people consider him a Hopi. A parade celebrates Ira Hayes who served at Iwo Jima.

John Okada (04:13)

Okada works in Guam with the 8th radio squadron and as an interpreter. "No-No Boy" captures the anger of Japanese America after World War II and focuses on the madness of war.

Honored Veterans (06:23)

Nisei who served in the Military Intelligence Service earn the Congressional Gold Medal. Ichikawa helps lobby for an amendment to recognize Japanese American contributions to World War II.

Remembering Contributions (05:11)

Matsumoto dies in his sleep before his 101st birthday. Karen Matsumoto discusses the days leading up to his death and going through his belongings. The filmmakers dedicate the program to Oshiro, Ichikawa, and Inoshita, who have since died.

Credits: The Registry (00:19)

Credits: The Registry

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The Registry profiles veterans of World War II who served in the Military Intelligence Service –a secret unit of mostly Japanese Americans – U.S. citizens who went into combat with the U.S. Army against the Japanese enemy in the Pacific. These veterans want to make sure their legacy lives on through the M.I.S. registry where all of their names have been recorded.

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL215273

Copyright date: ©2020

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