First Class: Nisei Linguists in World II
Edited by David W. Swift Jr.
David W. Swift Jr., son of Military Intelligence Service Language School first class graduate David Swift, Sr., has compiled a wonderful collection of memoirs and memories; writings by the veterans, and reminiscences by their family and friends telling the story of the origins of the secret MIS Language Program. Trained in what was originally an airplane hangar for the US Postal Service in Building 640 in San Francisco's Presidio, the first class of graduates included forty Nisei (Second Generation Japanese Americans) and two Caucasian soldiers. The MIS Language School was later moved to Camp Savage, then Fort Snelling in Minnesota and eventually became the Defense Language Institute and Foreign Language Center, training over 6,000 linguists for service in World War II, the occupation of Japan and in the Korea War. Paper: 320 pp.