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					                                                The Japanese Language School Project
                                                        The Interpreter
                                       Archi ves, Uni versity of Col orado at B oul der Li braries
 Nu mber 28                                                                                                                     August 15, 2001

   The Japanese La nguage              problem she was having. I have        central and convenient residence       permitted to coin a word to
                                       always considered that the            for those who are confined to          match your „bogas‟].
   School Archival Project                                                                                                    _______________
                                       supreme compliment: that he           wheelchairs or who find walking
                                       should have told her to call me.      around difficult. Its central               Questions on
  In the Spring of 2000, the           Anyway, I was able to locate the      location will allow participation
  Archives continued the origi-        proper person to help her, and        without as much moving around.              Army JLO’s
  nal efforts of Captain Roger         after the war was over, young            There will be a Friday
  Pineau and William Hudson,                                                                                        As most of you know, Prof.
                                       Gillespie sent me a beautiful         reception, a Saturday dinner, and
  and the Archives first at-                                                                                        Irwin and M rs. Carole Slesnick
                                       piece of silk, from which I had a     an afternoon “Timber Tavern on
  tempts in 1992, to gather the                                                                                     are researching a book on the
                                       dress made which I wore for           Campus” on the veranda of the
  papers,       correspondence,                                                                                     role of military and Naval
                                       years!! If you have him in your       University Club.
  photographs, and records of                                                                                       Japanese Language Officers and
                                       list and he is still alive, please       We anticipate that everyone
  graduates of the US Navy                                                                                          enlisted linguists from 1910-
                                       give him my warmest greetings.        may not want to stay with the
  Japanese Language School,                                                                                         1946. While in Boulder, they
                                           There was one other Boulder       schedule, as groups of graduates
  University of Colorado at                                                                                         came across "stories of Sydney
                                       boy who gained fame – briefly –       and kin may want to meet on
  Boulder, 1942-1946. We                                                                                            M ashbir" in the Roger Pineau
                                       by translating a message,             their own over breakfast, lunch,
  assemble these papers in                                                                                          Collection.    Sidney     M ashbir
                                       Torpedoes Rendezvousing in the        drinks, or dinner. M any may
  recognition of the contribu-                                                                                      evidently was quite a character.
                                       Moonlight. But even his name I        want to observe religious
  tions made by JLS graduates                                                                                       The Slesnick‟s wonder if anyone
                                       have forgotten.                       services. For these purposes, we
  to the War effort in the Pa-                                                                                      knows if M ashbir is still living.
                                           I am sorry to not be more         will include maps, lists of
  cific, the successful occupa-                                                                                     M r. M ashbir was a Tokyo-
                                       helpful. I daresay some of them       suggested restaurants, and a list
  tion of Japan, the creation of                                                                                    trained     US     Army      JLO.
                                       remember me; I worked up until        of churches and synagogues.
  Japanese language programs                                                                                        Prof. Slesnick also came across
                                       the last minute of pregnancy and      This is your Reunion, so you are
  across the country, and the                                                                                       several references to Boulder
                                       I understand that they were           the boss. Just in case, though,
  development of cultural rec-                                                                                      JLOs who worked with various
                                       selling tickets on who was going      there will be plenty of events to
  onciliation programs after                                                                                        army officers. Does anyone
                                       to have to take me to the             attend: a symposium, films,
  World War II.                                                                                                     know about Army officers
                                       hospital. I can‟t swear that it       exhibits, and tours.
                                                                                                                    trained in Tokyo? Lionel Casson
                                       was true, but my boss told me                              David M. Hays
                                                                                             Instructor/Archivist   worked with brothers George
        From a                         that he had to assign six Boulder
                                                                                       _______________              and John Colton. Were they
                                       boys to cover my job while I was
     Cryptographer                                                                                                  Army? Prof. Slesnick doesn't
                                                     Ms. Eunice W. Rice
                                                                              Vickie Yumoto Gives                   find them in our Navy/M arine
My father was the Navy‟s                                                         First Check to                     Corps lists. Jack Steele seems to
                                                                US Navy
principal cryptographer in World                                                                                    have been Army also, but Prof.
War I. This was the reason
                                          Communications Security Section      JLS Archives Fund                    Slesnick is not sure.
(truly!) that I was assigned to        [Ed. Note: Mrs. Robert H. Rice        Ms. Vickie Yumoto, widow of                If any one has information on
take the Navy‟s cryptography           resides  at 108      Morningside      the late Yumoto Sensei (John),         these linguists please contact
course – they thought I might          Commons, Brattleboro, VT 05301-       has not only donated most of the       Prof Slesnick. His address is
have the right genes. When I           3633]                                 extant materials relating to her
proved      successful,    I was                                             husband‟s time as a JLS                Professor Irwin Slesnick
transferred       from       Naval                                                                                  518 Highland Dr.
Intelligence, where I was
                                           Plans for Reunion                 instructor, she is also the first
                                                                             person to contribute money to          Bellingham, WA 98225,
working, to the Communications                Developing:                    the US Navy Japanese Language
Security Section. This was well             RSVPs Needed                     School Archival Fund.                  Email: Carole Slesnick
before the war broke out.                                                       The fund will need to build         <>
    I have forgotten when the          I am certain that useful                                                               _______________
                                       suggestions will come from the        before it can be applied to the
boys from Boulder first burst                                                requirements of the JLS Archival
upon us. I was working then on         JLS graduates and kin once I                                                   WWII Treatment of
                                       offer up some ideas on what           Project: archival processing,
the Japanese M erchant M arine                                               cataloging, reunion costs, and            Nisei Doctors
                                       might take place at the Reunion.
Code; I remember that a couple                                               other project expenditures.
of them were assigned to me.              Although the Event is planned                                             There were at least 3 successful
They came and went – I have no         to take place over four days,                                                doctors of medicine in the San
recollection of even their names       participants may come and leave        Origin of Bobo & Boga                 Francisco Bay area when Pearl
                                       early, come late and leave late,                                             Harbor occurred. These three
except for one young man named
                                       or any variation, in between. At      The Slesnicks came across a            were graduates of Stanford
Gillespie. He was a star, from
                                       this point, we are projecting that    letter in the Pineau Collection.       School of M edicine and two had
every point of view; I was not
                                       participants will only be asked to    On 4 M arch 1945, Robert               M ayo Clinic experience. When
surprised (though disappointed)
                                       pay for their transportation and      Kinsman wrote to Roger and             they were interned in a
when he was sent out to the fleet.
                                       lodging. Lodging, at this point, is   M axine Pineau, “As ever, thank        concentration camp in Wyoming
I remember him for two reasons:
                                       divided between the College Inn       you for whatever news of the           they applied for licenses to
his ability to and the fact that his
                                       and University Club. The              Boulder Boys and Gals (Bobo to         practice medicine in Wyoming
wife called me one day and
                                       University Club will provide a        Boga) [If I, too, may be               and Colorado where there were
asked me for advice with a
Japanese American populations          closet The house was in a poor      Contact                                    New Collections
which needed their services. The       section of Alameda, which at
applications were denied by both       that time had been the only area    Bruce M ontgomery, Curator,          The following are further
states and all three doctors           in which Japanese Americans         or David Hays, Archivist,            collections held or recently
volunteered their services as          could find a home, although he      Archives,                            received by the Archives:
Sensei at [the US Navy JLS at          could have afforded a much          University of Colorado at Boulder
CU in] Boulder, Colorado.              better neighborhood. That is the    Campus Box 184                          Frank L. M allory
    When we had a one week             way we treated those American       Boulder, Colorado, 80309-0184
leave in the Spring of 1943, Dr.       citizens even before the war.                                                $Donations Recei ved
                                                                           Phone (303) 492-7242
Imai learned that I was going to
                                                        Frank L. Mallory                                        The Archives has recently
San Francisco and asked if I                                               Fax (303) 492-3960
                                                              JLS, 1943                                         received generous donations
would be interested in driving
                                                                           Email:                               from:
his late model Cadillac back to        [Ed. Note: We have located the
Boulder. I agreed, and after           following members of the Imai
getting the car out of storage,        family: Mr. Kent Imai, 225
                                                                                         J. Keith M ann
retrieved a chest of sterling silver   Southwood Dr., Scotts Valley, CA    New JLS Web site:                       Harris I. M artin
flatware from a bank vault and         95066-3635; Mr. Bruce Imai, 5
                                       Winship, San Anselmo 94960-2531;
                                                                           http://www-                             Stuart H. Prestrud
then went to his home in                                         
                                       Ms. Martha Imai, 1 Baldwin Ave.,    jlsp.htm
Alameda to collect a box of            San Mateo, CA 94401.]
personal effects in a locked

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