President Gerald R. Ford pardons Tokyo Rose

On January 19th 1977, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Tokyo Rose. Although the nickname originally referred to several English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda over the radio directed at Allied troops during World War II, the nickname eventually became synonymous with a Japanese-American woman named Iva Toguri. On the orders of the Japanese government, Toguri and other women broadcast sentimental American music and phony announcements regarding U.S. troop losses in a vain attempt to destroy the morale of Allied soldiers. An American citizen born in Los Angeles, Toguri was in Japan at the time the…

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