Many People Forget That WWII Ended On September 2nd 1945 on a US Battleship. Did You?


battle_japansurrender65Admiral Conrad E. L. Helfrich signing the Japanese surrender document on behalf of the Netherlands aboard USS Missouri, 2 Sep 1945; note MacArthur next to Helfrich.

battle_japansurrender3The Missouri filled with spectators for the signing of the instrument of surrender

battle_japansurrender28Japanese delegation leaving USS Missouri, 2 Sep 1945

battle_japansurrender63Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu led along the deck of destroyer Lansdowne by US Army Colonel Sidney Mashbir after the surrender ceremonies

battle_japansurrender60USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, 2 Sep 1945



battle_japansurrender58American aircraft fly over USS Missouri after the surrender

All images courtesy of WWII DB