The time is the 1950s, the place is Berlin
Voices Under Berlin
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The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)

The website for DLIWC's current incarnation.

History of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center From the Fourth Army Intelligence School, to the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), to the Army Language School. (ALS), to the Defense Language Institute (DLI), to Defense Language School Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). Alumni Relations

The DLI Alumni Association

The name says it all.

Defense Language Institute Alumni & Friends Community (DLIAFC)

A repository for the history of Defense Language Institute students during their time at DLI and later throughout their careers.

DLIAFC Exchange
DLI swag (T-shirts, cups and tote bags) from the DLI Alumni & Friends Community. Sold by for DLIAFC. Here's a direct link to the Russian "PX". DLIWC Russian Exchange

dli-alumni · Defense Language Institute Notes & News

A Yahoo group for DLI grads. You have to register to participate.

A History of the Defense Language Institute (DLIWC)

Brought to you by the Berliner Kameraden webSite, where former members of the 280th ASA Co in Berlin meet.

From a memoir of a graduate of Army Language School (ALS) class R-12-80 (the school’s 80th 12-month class in Russian), which started in 1959, just five years after Kevin—the main character of Voices Under Berlin—graduated.

"The typical Monterey Mary had a Masters degree in a subject within the humanities. He’d been working on a Ph.D. as he neared age 26, the limit of his draft eligibility, unable to get a deferment because he wasn’t studying in the sciences. Fearing he was about to be drafted before the deadline, he joined the Army in order to choose his specialty and avoid becoming a foot soldier."

— Charles Deemer, Dress Rehearsals: The Education of a Marginal Writer, Three Moons Media, 2004, p. 92.

Presidio of Monterey (Images of America)

by Harold E. Raugh (Author)
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Raugh, the Command Historian of the Presidio of Monterey, tells the post’s unique story through striking images culled from the Presidio’s extensive photographic archive and other sources.

Secret Classrooms: A Memoir of the Cold War

by Geoffrey Elliott (Author), Harold Shukman (Author)
A memoir about the British equivalent of DLI, the Joint Services School for Linguists (JSSL). Hard to find a copy, but worth the trouble of tracking one down. Although the tales they tell out of school happened on the other side of the big pond, I had an immediate sense of recognition for the things that went on during my military language schooling at DLIWC at the Presidio of Monerey in California.

RAF Linguist Association Website

An active association of "Blokes" who did the same things that DLIWC alumni did around the world. It's a small world.