Who was Tokyo Rose and how did she broadcast propaganda to American troops in the Pacific during World War II?

During World War II, “Tokyo Rose” was the nickname for several Japanese deejays who broadcast propaganda to American sailors in the Pacific.

The most notorious one was Iva Ikuko Toguri (aka, “Orphan Ann”) a Japanese American born and raised in Los Angeles.

She became stranded in Japan after visiting relatives there prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and tried to make the most of a bad situation. Tried and convicted in the U.S. after the war, she was pardoned by President Ford in 1974.

Other notorious World War Il propagandists were the American “Axis Sally” (Mildred Gillars), and the American-born/British-raised Lord Haw.

Haw (William Joyce), both deejays broadcasting for the Germans to British and American soldiers fighting in Europe.

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