March 1943

Marines Learn Japanese Language

Volume 27, Issue 1

Captain Donald R. Nugent, U.S.M.C., who spent four years in Japan teaching Japanese history, is now giving the Japanese a chapter in history they won't like.

As language officer, Captain Nugent conducts classes in Japanese for enlisted men.

United States officers spent three years in Japan in peacetime studying the Japanese language. The Marines' class time is extremely limited because of their regular duties.

Thus, Captain Nugent will be satisfied if his pupils learn about 500 of the approximately 8,000 characters and assimilate a vocabulary of military terms.

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