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   Warren Michio Tsuneishi
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Warren Tsuneishi, November 1944
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 306th Headquarters Intelligence Detachment, XXIV Corps
Service Location: Camp Savage, Minnesota (8/1943-2/1944); Camp Blanding, Florida (3/1944-4/1944); Fort Snelling, Minnesota (5/1944); Fort Lewis, Washington; Schofields Barracks (5/1944-8/1944); Leyte Island (Philippines-10/1944-3/1945); Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands-4/1945-8/1945); Korea (9/1945-1/1946)
Rank: Technical Sergeant
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Born on the Fourth of July in California, Warren Tsuneishi was the son of Japanese immigrants. After Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered World War II, his family was evacuated to Heart Mountain, a Japanese internment facility in Wyoming. But Tsuneishi craved freedom and the chance to serve his country, in spite of his family's confinement. He volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service Language School and served in the Pacific, translating captured documents that gave U.S. forces a big advantage in securing the Philippines and Okinawa.

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His family relocated from their home. (03:43) Visiting Dachau as a point of comparison. (01:14) Evading confinement. (02:15)
Attending Syracuse University. (02:22) An American knowing that Japanese is part of his emotional makeup. (03:28) Volunteering for the Military Intelligence Service Language School. (08:57)
His brothers' involvement in the war effort. (01:23) Dealing with the wartime image of Japanese as cruel and barbaric. (01:21) His duties as a translator of captured documents. (09:33)
The Army's inconsistent policy of dealing with Japanese American soldiers. (02:20) His split identity as a Japanese American. (09:11) 
  
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