- Publisher: Pettigrew Enterprises (August 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933680112
- ISBN-13: 978-0933680111
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory
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Harrington makes clear that when World War II erupted, the American military authorities lacked intelligence officers who could translate Japanese intercepts. Their desparation was so great that U.S. milirary officials had to enter American concentration camps where AJAs were confined due to Pres. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 which ordered all U.S. citizens to these camps for no reason whatsoever. Even the FBI Director, J. Edgar Hooever, was clear that AJAs were not a threat to American security. The Munson Report which was issued on November 7, 1941 clearly indicated that AJAs were remarkably loyal to the United States. Yet, these unfortunate men, women, and children were forced into these camps. When U.S. military authroties asked these men to volunteer for very dangerous intelligence duty, they did so in spite of their most unfair circumstances.
Harrington gives anecdotes of the heroism and effectiveness of the men who volunteered for both dangerous combat duty and intelligence work. These men infiltrated Japanese units, gathered intelligence, and helped American POWs escape. These AJAs did so at great personal risk. They knew that if they were detected and captured, they would be tortured to death.
The effectiveness of the AJA intelligence operatives is amazing.Read more ›
This book is NOT a novel and should not be judged as such. With the assistance of Shigeya Kihara, an instructor of a MIS language school for the American soldiers in the writing of "Yankee Samurai", this book is based on FACTS. The MIS were present everywhere in the Pacific (as were the numerous Pacific battles), and they accompanied various Allied units independently--thus the book documents the events and missions, and does not read in a "storybook" manner. Reading of the many Pacific missions may make it difficult for the reader, especially if you do not have access to a Pacific WW II battle map.
I suggest that this book be viewed as a *REFERENCE* book--because of the extensive listing of names, places, and missions. This helps to fill the void of documentation about the little known WWII Japanese-Americans serving in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS)-- since the U.S. government no longer has WW II records (the building housing the documents burned). The Japanese-American MIS'ers placed their own life in jeopardy while translating intercepted Japanese radio messages, reading captured Japanese documents.Read more ›
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The book gives a first hand account of what it was like to be an American of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Davlip
This was, I believe, the first published account of the role played by Japanese American soldiers who served in the Pacific during World War II. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Alan Hayashida