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36 The Signal Intelligence Service (SIS) fared little better in apprehending Japanese plans. It had radio intercept stations targeting Japan from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and Fort McKinley in the Philippines. , a handful of officers, enlisted men, and civilians had been decrypting and translating Japanese diplomatic messages since August 1940. 37 By early 1941 it was clear that the Military Intelligence Division had to prepare for a possible conflict with Japan. S. and Japanese Armies should meet on some future battlefield, combat intelligence would be critical.

Red Apple Publishing, 1994), pp. 15–21. S. ARMY AND THE NISEI BEFORE PEARL HARBOR 21 certain duties under the War Department. ” 56 Fourth Army, headquartered on the Presidio of San Francisco, was the Army’s area command on the West Coast. That spring the headquarters was consumed by the mobilization of Regular Army and National Guard divisions in training camps stretching from the 3d Division at Fort Lewis, Washington, to the 7th Division at Fort Ord, California, to the 40th Division at Camp San Luis Obispo, California.

48 Interv, Frederick P. Munson, 5 Mar 75, in Frederick P. Munson Papers, Hoover Institution Archives. Munson returned to the Far East in 1938 as assistant military attaché in Peking under Col. Joseph W. Stilwell. He later transferred to Tokyo, where he was the military attaché when the war began. The Army’s Hawaiian Department was authorized one Japanese language officer, but the incumbent left in the summer of 1941 without a replacement. Memos, Col. R. S. Bratton for AGO [Adjutant General’s Office], 11 Jul 41, and Lt.

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