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Old 09-27-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
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"Tokyo Rose" dead

I didn't even know she was still alive - I thought she was dead and reincarnated as Michael Moore......heehee.

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From the CNN website:

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who was convicted and later pardoned of being World War II propagandist "Tokyo Rose," died Tuesday of natural causes, said her nephew, William Toguri. She was 90.

Tokyo Rose was the name given by soldiers to a female radio broadcaster responsible for anti-American transmissions intended to demoralize soldiers fighting in the Pacific theater. D'Aquino was the only U.S. citizen identified among the potential suspects.

In 1949, she became the seventh person to be convicted of treason in American history and served six years in prison. But doubts about her possible role as Tokyo Rose later surfaced and she was pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1977.

D'Aquino was born in Los Angeles on July 4, 1916, to Japanese immigrant parents. She began to use the first name Iva during her school years.

D'Aquino had recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was visiting relatives in Japan when she became trapped in the country at the beginning of World War II, according to a statement Tuesday from a Toguri family spokeswoman, Barbara Trembley.

D'Aquino began working odd jobs to support herself while trying to find a way out of the country. That led to her work on a Japanese propaganda radio show manned by Allied prisoners called "Zero Hour," the statement said.

Using the name "Orphan Ann," D'Aquino performed comedy skits and introduced newscasts.

On April 19, 1945, D'Aquino married a Portuguese citizen of Japanese-Portuguese ancestry.

The FBI and the Army conducted an extensive investigation to determine whether D'Aquino had committed crimes against the U.S. Authorities decided that the evidence then known did not merit prosecution, and she was released.

A subsequent public furor convinced the Justice Department that the matter should be re-examined and D'Aquino was arrested in Yokohama in 1945 and tried.

D'Aquino spent the years following her release from prison living a quiet life on Chicago's North Side.

Ron Yates, dean of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois, is credited with helping win the pardon. As a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, Yates found D'Aquino's accusers who said they were pressured by prosecutors to lie.
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Two of my uncles served in the Pacific during World War Two.

They rarely mentioned their experiences during the war.
It was only when I asked them, did they talk about it some.

They have long since passed on.
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Old 09-27-2006, 10:35 PM   #3
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In 1949, she became the seventh person to be convicted of treason in American history
Is that even a crime anymore?
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She was born on July 4? Somehow i find that hilarious.
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Yeah, that is a little paradoxical.
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a victim of racism and wartime hysteria


but, does the truth matter?
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"a victim of racism and wartime hysteria


but, does the truth matter?"


I"m not going to make a judgement on how The United States people and the Allies responded. Check out a world map (1942-43) and see just how close the Nazis and the Axis Powers came to conqering the planet. Great Britain, Australia, Canada and The U.S. were the only free major countries left to stop them.
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"a victim of racism and wartime hysteria


but, does the truth matter?"


I"m not going to make a judgement on how The United States people and the Allies responded. Check out a world map (1942-43) and see just how close the Nazis and the Axis Powers came to conqering the planet. Great Britain, Australia, Canada and The U.S. were the only free major countries left to stop them.
I am quite aware of WWII

this thread is about Iva Toguri, she just died

and she was a victim of racism and wartime hysteria
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I find it sad whenever anyone passes on, so I will out ofrespect simply say, Tokyo Rose - RIP.
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