Harry Schneider

(1916 - 2013) Member of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service

Coming to California Learning Japanese with the MIS Meeting Hamako in Japan Miscommunications Writing Letters Meeting Mr. Amano Marriage and Returning to US Reception of Hamako by family

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Harry Schneider, (b. 1916), was a member of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service stationed in Tokyo. Although Harry was not Japanese, he initially was recruited for the M.I.S. training program in San Francisco because of his administrative skills, but then was motivated to learn the Japanese language with the other Nisei soldiers. He married his wife, Hamako, in 1948 soon after the end of WWII. At the end of the War, special legislation was required for an Asian “war bride” to be admitted to the U.S. In 1950 Harry and Hamako married again at the Japanese Consulate in Tokyo so that they could be one of the first couples allowed to enter. Harry passed away at age 97 in June 2013. (June 2014)

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