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Merrill's Marauders Jimmie Yamaguchi


Jimmie was from Los Angeles and was a highly competent linguist as well as a spectacular orator in the Japanese language. When Pearl Harbor was bombed Jimmie was training with the 42nd (Rainbow) Infantry Division. After the bombing he was transferred to a non-combatant role, so he volunteered for Cook and Baker School and became a cook at the Signal Corps Training Camp. From there he volunteered to join the Military Intelligence Service, and also volunteered for the Marauders. After the Marauders Jimmie served with military intelligence in China, he also entered Japan with General McArthur's GHQ as a Nisei interpreter. After his discharge he worked in Japan on contract to the Dept. of the Army Military Intelligence.