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China-Burma-India Theater

The Military Intelligence Service (MIS) took part in many of the campaigns in the Pacific war during World War II. In the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, they worked as translators, interrogators, and interpreters. Many of them also saw combat.

The MIS participated in the following CBI campaigns during World War II: India-Burma (April 2, 1942 - January 28, 1945), China Defensive (July 4, 1942 - May 4, 1945), Central Burma (January 29 - July 15, 1945), and China Offensive (May 5 - September 2, 1945). The length of their involvement would range from a few weeks to several months. The number of soldiers would also vary from a single individual to a team of ten or more.1

Click on the links below to learn more about the MIS involvement in the CBI Theater and key information on Army special forces units, Merrill's Marauders and the MARS Task Force.

Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill, Commander of "Merrill's Marauders," poses between T/Sgt. Herbert Miyasaki and T/Sgt. Akiji Yoshimura. Burma. May 1, 1944. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Merrill's Marauders and Chinese troops march down the Ledo Road. Burma. February 15, 1944. Courtesy of the United States Army Signal Corps.


1The dates reflected are the official campaign dates according to the US Army Center of Military History. It is difficult to determine the actual dates of the MIS involvement in these campaigns.

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