Ken McConnell Interview, October 2, 1987


Ken McConnell


Clover Koopman



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Ken McConnell recalls his World War Two service in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army, from August 1942 to November 1945, in the Pacific theater. He remembers listening to the broadcasts of Tokyo Rose including: her selection of popular music from the United States; her use of American servicemen’s names and particulars over the radio; her mention of U.S. servicemen who had been taken as prisoners of war. McConnell recalls not being demoralized or convinced by Tokyo Rose, understanding her broadcasts to be propaganda.

Document Type

Oral History


Camp Kohler, California; Broadcast Allied Merchant Shipping; The Philippines; Corregidor; Bataan; Kwajalein; Guam; Saipan; World War, 1939-1945; U.S. military; Wartime propaganda; Tokyo Rose; Iva Toguri

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

War of Words and Music: Veterans Remember "Tokyo Rose" Oral History Project, OH 238, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 238-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:21:04 minutes

Local Filename

OH_238_002.mp3; OH_238_002.pdf

Ken McConnell Interview, October 2, 1987