Thursday, July 06, 2006


Shame follows woman once called traitor, later pardoned

By Corky Siemaszko
New York Daily News
Posted July 4 2006

NEW YORK · They branded her Tokyo Rose, but Iva Toguri was no traitor.

But when she turns 90 today -- the Fourth of July -- that fact will give her little comfort.

Because to many Americans, Toguri was Tokyo Rose -- the sultry siren whose radio broadcasts from Japan demoralized GIs fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

Never mind that President Gerald Ford pardoned Toguri after her treason trial was revealed to be a sham. Never mind that U.S. veterans groups have since embraced her.

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