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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Do you know who this is a photo of? Chances are you don’t

Most probably, not one American in one million knows who this man is and that’s a National tragedy. His name is Eugene Jacques Bullard, and he is the first African-American fighter pilot in history. But he is also much more then that: He’s also a national hero, and his story is so incredible that I bet if you wrote a movie script based on it Hollywood would reject it as being too far-fetched. Bullard was an expat living in France, and when World War 1 broke out he joined the French Infantry.…

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