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Of all the students who were admitted to the school, only two were Caucasian. In February of , Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order , which called for a military operation that directed the U. Since the majority of these camps existed in the West where the school was based, the schools staff found it apparent that the school needed a new base of operations. We in the school were of the opinion that we should move elsewhere in order to minimize any possible friction with these people, especially when our soldiers would be on the public streets during the weekends.

Rasmussen chose Camp Savage, located on the outskirts of southern Minneapolis, as the new site for the school. He selected this site for its proximity to an established army post Fort Snelling and two sizeable cities whose citizens would accept the Nisei with relatively little racial discrimination.

In June of the school relocated with 18 instructors and students. Graduates of the school were assigned to Army units in the Pacific Theatre and quickly proved their value in the field by giving American forces the much needed advantage of code breakers and negotiators. Wednesday afternoons were reserved for military training and drills and Saturdays for examinations.

Students' only leisure fell on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, when they would frequent the Mun Hing Cafeteria on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, or enjoy Minnesota pastimes such as fishing and skiiing. They also competed in sports like volleyball, contributed to the Fort Snelling Bulletin and published their own newsletter for alumni in the field. By the time the school had found its way to the fort, it had produced graduates, officer candidates and 53 officers.

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When the facility closed in , over 6, students had graduated. As the war ended, the school's curriculum changed to focus on other Asian countries that the U. The school offered Chinese and Korean classes, and the focus grew to include civil affairs and government to help with the occupation of Japan. Three months later, the Women's Army Corps made their debut at the school, ready to acquire an education that would prepare them for their time in Japan.

After their training, the Corps sent many women to Tokyo to become a part of the U.

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