Back in 1969, the current US senator John McCain recorded a so called ‘Tokyo Rose’ propaganda message which was broadcast on the then North Vietnamese radio stations.
Tokyo Rose was the name given by the allied troops during World War II to all Japanese propaganda read on radio by English speaking broadcasters. The name has since been used for all propaganda messages read out in English during subsequent military conflicts.
During the propaganda recording, Mr McCain can be heard saying that he is “guilty of crimes against the Vietnamese country and people,” and confessing that he has thrown bombs on “their cities, towns, and villages and caused many injuries, even deaths, for the people of Vietnam.”
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zO0mHEJyC3Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
He even goes as far as to praise the North Vietnamese and express his “deep gratitude,” thank them for their “kind treatment” and that he “will never forget” the kindness extended to him by the communist state. Here is the transcript of that recording which was released on North Vietnamese radio:
“To the Vietnamese people and the government of the DRVN:
From John Sidney McCain, 624787, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, born 29 August, 1936, Panama, home state Oregon. Shot down 26 October, 1967, A-4E aircraft.
I, as a U.S. airman, am guilty of crimes against the Vietnamese country and people. I bombed their cities, towns and villages and caused many injuries, even deaths, for the people of Vietnam.
I was captured in the capital city of Hanoi, while attacking it. After I was captured, I was taken to the hospital in Hanoi, where I received very good medical treatment. I was given an operation on my leg, which allowed me to walk again, and a cast on my right arm, which was badly broken in three places.
The doctors were very good and they knew a great deal about the practice of medicine. I remained in the hospital for some time and regained much of my health and strength. Since I arrived in the camp of detention, I received humane and lenient treatment.
I received this kind treatment and food even though I came here as an aggressor and the people who I injured have much difficulty in their living standards. I wish to express my deep gratitude for my kind treatment and I will never forget this kindness extended to me.”
A nonprofit Christian digital news app has obtained the audio recording and released it.