Skip to comments.Ex-'Tokyo Rose' suspect dies in Chicago
Posted on 09/26/2006 10:13:25 PM PDT by lunarbicep
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 UCLA 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.
For those interested, here's a link to a recorded broadcast of "Tokyo Rose".
I have read that when she heard about Jimmy Doolittle's raid over Tokyo, she ran outside her house and danced in the street with joy. She was on our side.
She is victim of Japan oppression I THINK
I used to shop at her family's store (Toguri) when I lived in Chicago.
I'm not hugging any traitors.
"those people need to be hug for it"
Hug a traitor?
It's between her and the Lord now. RIP.
I think he meant hung.
Anyway, this is one part of our past I feel kind of bad about, but Ford did pardon her and she got to live the remainder of her years in the US. And it's not like there weren't REAL Tokyo Roses out there, but still, locking up an innocent person for ten years and accusing her of something so horrendous (especially when the American POWs would slip PRO-American bits into the scripts to read on the air and she'd gladly read them) was not our finest hour.
oops.. *HUNG* sorry
*hung*.. wow i feel dumb :-/
Aw, don't feel bad, dcrider. I make those typos so often. Tis one reason I rarely post. And I knew you meant hung.
Well thanks honolulugal.. i've got some friends coming tothe islands in the morning. Don't know if you're "really" there.. butthaks for the kind support.
Ken Olberman is more of a war criminal than this woman ever was.
Kinda like buttcheeks but a little lower.
Tokyo Rose was a piker compared to our democrat "representatives."
The New York Times is deeply saddened.
Requires Real Player to work.
I'll try and find something that is not .ram for those who do not wish to take the RP path....
Thanks for posting the link tho.
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