Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tokyo Rose Pardoned

On this day in 1977, President Gerald Ford pardons Tokyo Rose. Iva Ikoku Toguri was born in California in 1916, a firstgeneration American citizen of Japanese descent. Toguri was sent to Japan by her mother to care for an ill aunt, when she was stranded at the outbreak of World War II. With no passport Toguri was denied her request to return to the U.S. In 1943 she began radio accouncing for a propaganda program beamed at U.S. troops, she was one of 13 English speaking women announcers, known as Tokyo Rose. She was convicted of treason and served six years in a U.S. prison. Many years later, the truth of her circumstances during World War II came to light, and she was pardoned by President Gerald Ford.

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