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"We’d hardly gotten unpacked before we were in the middle of intelligence support for two crucial campaigns in our otherwise undramatic and sometimes sleepy theater of war." (Memoir, page 138)

   Bernard Alan Weisberger
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Bernard Weisberger in uniform, Washington, DC [1942]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 2nd Signal Service Battalion
Service Location: Washington, DC; New Delhi, India; Kunming, China; Shanghai, China; China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater
Rank: Second Lieutenant
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Nineteen years old and a student at Columbia University when World War II was declared, Second Lieutenant Bernard Weisberger decided to sign up for Japanese language classes, and then, for service with the Army’s Signal Intelligence Service. Stationed first at the unit’s headquarters outside of Washington, DC, he felt disconnected from the war effort and longed for an assignment with more immediate impact. He got his wish in 1943, when he received orders for service overseas in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater. In New Delhi, India, he translated decoded Japanese intelligence statements relating to action in Burma, before heading to a small signal intelligence office in Kunming, China. His detailed memoir paints a vivid picture of daily life in wartime Washington, New Delhi, and Kunming. As well, he describes how World War II, with all of its “zaniness and importance,” shaped his personality and changed his life forever.

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