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United States Postal Service Responds to JAVA Request to Include MIS

01 Jan 2021 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

In mid-December, the USPS graciously responded to JAVA's request to include the MIS as part of the GO FOR BROKE Nisei Stamp Campaign. 

A transcript of the USPS letter follows:

Shawn P. Quinn

Manager, Stamp Development

December 10, 2020

Mr. Gerald Yamada, President

Japanese American Veterans Association

Post Office Box 341198

Bethesda, MD 20827-1198

Dear Mr. Yamada:

Thank you so much for your letter dated November 19, 2020.

We deeply appreciate the valuable insight you provided to us as we celebrate the many contributions of the Japanese American veterans. We are aware of the many contributions of the members of the Military Intelligence Services and fully intend to honor those who served as linguists and interpreters. We provide the additional information below in the longer pieces we prepared for the issuance:

"After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, second-generation Americans, known as Nisei, were initially subjected to increased scrutiny and prejudice because of their heritage. Despite being American citizens, they were denied the opportunity to fight at the outset of World War II and many Nisei were evacuated to concentration camps for fear their loyalty lay with the country of their parents rather than the country in which they were born and raised.

The Nisei were eventually formed into what became one of the most distinguished American fighting units of World War II: the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, whose motto was "Go for Broke." The Army also turned to Nisei to serve as translators, interpreters, and interrogators in the Pacific Theater for the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). Altogether some 33,000 Japanese American served in the U.S. Army during World War II."

There will be occasions when we have limited space available to us and won't have the room to name all of the service units being honored, but we will be sure to explain that soldiers who served as linguists and interpreters are included in this important group. We appreciate your drawing the issue to our attention, and we will be sure to specifically name the Military Intelligence Services whenever possible.

Thank you for helping us to ensure that the stamp design honors all Japanese Americans who served during World War II.


Shawn P. Quinn

475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW

Washington, DC 20260


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