In his book They Called Her Tokyo Rose, Rex Gunn stated, "Early on the morning of
December 11, 1941, one of those taunts via shortwave from Radio Tokyo was picked
up by a U.S. submariner and he recorded it in the ship's log. He wrote: 'Where is the
United States fleet?, jeered Tokyo Rose.... I'll tell you where it is, boys. It's lying at the
bottom of Pearl Harbor.' As far as anyone has been able to learn from a review of
wartime U.S. Navy logs, it was the first time that the name 'Tokyo Rose' had been
Is this true? Gunn's account rests of the memories of J.M. Eckberg who served as
Chief Radioman aboard the submarine USS Seawolf during December, 1941. But
Eckberg related this story in 1943 or 44. To view the original logs of the Seawolf,
annotated by me, click the GO button below. Note especially the red arrow at top.
For the complete story of Eckberg, the Seawolf, and the first recorded notation of the
moniker "Tokyo Rose," see 2010 TR/AP, pp. 181-190 + notes 8 and 10 on pp. 210-211
or the shorter version in 2014 Revised TR/AP, chapter 9 opening.
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First Mention of "Tokyo Rose"
Logs of USS Seawolf
Tokyo Rose /
A Dual Biography