Today in AFJ History

August 2, 2013  

1945: War-end twist for Tokyo Rose

Tokyo Rose

Iva Toguri d’Aquino, one of several women who made Japanese propaganda broadcasts as Tokyo Rose

From AFJ’s archives: August 11, 1945

Tokyo Rose Cited

Tokyo Rose, Radio Tokyo’s flaxen voiced air commentator whose propaganda has been beamed and listened to with amusement by American forces in the Pacific, has been cited by the Navy Department for meritorious service contributing greatly to the morale of the United States armed forces, it was announced this week.

The department through Capt. T.J. O’Brien, USN, Director of Welfare, in making the citation gave her permission to broadcast soon to the United States Army of Occupation in Japan and to the ships of the United States Fleet at anchor in Yokohama Bay. It will be her privilege to broadcast the history-making scene of Admiral Halsey riding the Japanese Emperor’s white horse through the streets of Tokyo.