7 October 2016

Published October 5, 2016 by rochellewisoff


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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            “Greetings to all you boneheads in the Pacific, this is your number one enemy, your favorite playmate, Orphan Ann, with some good jive.”

            Trembling, Iva put down her script and set the needle on the record. What choice did she have? She had to eat.

            Stranded in Tokyo after a short trip to visit her aunt, she refused to renounce her US citizenship. Japanese customs repulsed her. She longed for hamburgers and Coca-Cola in her comfortable California home.  


            Thirty-two years, six of them in prison for treason, later, President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’aquino, also known as Tokyo Rose.






93 comments on “7 October 2016

    • Dear CE,

      As I said above, you’ve given me a smile with my coffee.
      I really didn’t know her story. Actually there were 20 women known as Tokyo Rose…this is the one they caught and used as a scapegoat. What an outrage!
      At any rate, thank you for such a wonderful compliment.




  • Poor girl. She really did have little choice. I doubt she did little to lower the morale of the U.S. troops. I gather they thought of it as rather a joke. It just showed how little the Japanese who assigned her to do that understood the minds of the American soldiers. Good story based on history, Rochelle. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      Her scripts were written by American POW’s. They tried to boost the morale of the US troops but that seemed to escape the American government. But then, these are the same people that brought us Japanese internment camps. Iva’s story is a sad one all the way around. The amazing thing is that she wasn’t bitter, at least not in the interview I watched from 1976.
      Thank you.



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  • I’ve heard some of her broadcasts. “Hey Marines of the First and Fifth Divisions. We have a big surprise waiting for you on Iwo Jima, a warm welcome. Maybe as warm as the welcome your sweetheart has for your friend back home when she’s in his arms.” She had a unique way of getting under the skin of American servicemen, but she was also known to play the very best music and know a great deal about it. Well done.

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    • Dear J Hardy,

      I don’t know about the other 19 women also dubbed as Tokyo Rose, but Iva and her script writers were trying to warn the US troops. Alas, not only did they go under Japanese radar, but under the American radar as well. Like the the speeder at the end of long line of speeders, Iva was the one they caught and made an example of.

      Thank you.



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    • Dear Dale

      Actually until this past week, I didn’t realize there was more than one Tokyo Rose and none of them actually went by that name. The American GI’s came up with it. Those nugget are out there just waiting to be excavated. Condensing what I found into 100 words was the challenge. Thank you for such a wonderful comment/compliment. It’s great to have you back in the Friday Fictioneers Fold. 😀 😀 😀




  • I’ve heard the name before but had no idea it referred to a real person. Another one of your astonishing women from history, Rochelle! Whata terrible situation to be in – I’m so glad she was eventually pardoned. Great tale and thanks for sharing her story

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    • Dear Lynn,

      I never knew about the person (or people as it turns out) behind the name. Although some of the others might have meant to lower the morale of the US GI’s I don’t believe that was ever Iva’s motives. I, too, am glad she was pardoned. But she lost so much. Thank you.



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      • Such an impossible situation for her to be in – whatever she chose to do she would have lost so much. I dread to think how brave I could be under similar circumstances – not at all I fear. Always a pleasure to read your work Rochelle


    • Dear Alicia,

      I really didn’t know much about her until I Google ‘famous Japanese women.’ When I came up with Iva Tiguri I was intrigued. Who knew there were 20 women who comprised one “Tokyo Rose?” Her story touched me deeply and I had to share it. Thank you for reading.



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  • There were many others just like here, but she got punished the hardest. Years ago, when I still worked as a translator, I came across her story and it broke my heart. She lost so much.
    Great writing Rochelle, great take on the photo prompt.
    Have a great rest of the week.

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  • I didn’t know her story until clicking and reading more–thanks for sharing. Knowing more about her background gave me a deeper appreciation for your story. What an interesting woman who dealt with a lot of difficulty–how difficult to be misunderstood by so many and at such great cost.

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  • Dear Victoria Hanes,

    Now, I’m longing for a cheeseburger and a Coca-Cola (or perhaps Royal Crown with peanuts poured in). Those Japanese were devious. I hear ISIS is working on something like this. They are going to call her Afghanistan Annie, but they haven’t figured out how to get her into the GIs iPads.

    I have to go now,

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    • Dear Norman,

      I suspect Afghanistan Annie will do whatever it takes to keep her head. GI iPads? They could call her Apple Annie.
      Thank you for traipsing by. Please keep your tidy whities in tow.


      Victoria Hanes


  • The more I learn, the more ways I find for war to destroy not just lives but spirits. Good to hear she was eventually pardoned. It’s too easy to blame the little guy.

    Evocative writing as ever, Rochelle. How does it feel to be a year into ‘retirement’?!

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    • Dear Jen,

      What amazed me about Iva is that after what she went through, she wasn’t bitter. Amazing woman.

      In answer to your question, being a year into retirement feels GREAT! I’m loving my life and don’t miss the stress of the job. Thank you.




  • What a story. Thanks for the link dear Rochelle. You wrote with your master touch, as usual. You sum up in just 100 words smoothly and beautifully. Now I’m going to read her full biography.Thanks again for the link. Shalom.

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