Alexander defeats the Persians, Destruction of PompeiiThe Crusades, The Black Death...Salem Witch TrialsWriting the Declaration of Independence, Battle of Lexington...Escape from slavery, Death of President Garfield..Battle of Gettysburg, Death of Lincoln...Custer's Last Stand, The Death of Billy the Kid...San Francisco Earthquake, Sinking of the Titanic...
Death of an air ace, Gas attack...Attack at Pearl Harbor, D-Day...Freeze Frame of HistoryPhotographic Gateways to HistorySounds from the pastFilm Clips from the PastList of ContentsReturn to Home Page

Correspondents interview "Tokyo Rose"
(Iva Togun) September 1945
"Tokyo Rose" was the name given by American GIs to nearly a dozen women of American descent who broadcast propaganda for the Japanese during World War II. Iva Toguri D'Aquino was one of them.

Iva was born in Los Angeles on July 4, 1916. In 1941, a relative in Japan wrote to her mother urging her to return to Japan to visit her ailing sister. Iva's mother was also sick and sent Iva in her place. Five months after her arrival Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Iva, an American citizen, was stranded. Back in the U.S., her father and mother were confined to one of the Japanese-American Internment Camps - her mother later died in one of the camps. Still in Japan, Iva met and married a man of Portuguese decent and in November 1943 began broadcasting on the English language propaganda program "Zero Hour." She called herself Orphan Ann. Orphan was the name GIs in the Pacific gave to themselves. Ann was short for announcer. Iva never felt she was broadcasting propaganda - to her, it was tongue-in-cheek satire.

American authorities felt otherwise. Following the defeat of Japan, Iva was brought to the U.S., tried and convicted of treason. The government forbade her husband to stay in the country after the trial and she never saw him again. Sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 in 1949, she was paroled after serving six years and ten months of her term. Iva went to live with her father in Chicago and helped run the family gift shop after his death. Based on the assertion that much of the testimony given at her trial was suspect, President Ford pardoned Iva on his last day in office.

Ancient World | Middle Ages/Renassiance | 17th Century | 18th Century | 19th Century | Civil War | Old West | 20th Century
World War One | World War Two | Photo of the Week | SnapShots | Voices | History in Motion | Index | Home
Copyright © Ibis Communications, Inc.