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Japanese Surrender on the USS Missouri

A photo of the Japanese surrendering on the deck of the USS Missouri Battleship on September 2, 1945, while the ship was anchored in Tokyo Bay.

Japanese Surrendering on the USS Missouri
Photo Credit: United States Government Archives

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The instrument of surrender terminating the second world war was signed in this ship, 2 September 1945 East Longitude date, while she lay at anchor in Tokyo Bay.

The Allied Representatives were:

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur
The Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
United States of America

General Hsu Yung-Chang
Republic of China

Admiralty Sir Bruce A. Fraser
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Lieutenant General Kuzma Nikolaevich Derevyanko
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

General Sir Thomas Blamey
Commonwealth of Australia

Colonel L. Moore Cosgrave

General Jacques Le Clerk
Republic of France

(Air?) Vice Marshall Leonard M. (Isitt?)
Dominion of New Zealand

Admiral C.E.L. Helfrich
Kingdom of the Netherlands

With their staff and observing flag and general officers.

The Japanese Representatives were:

Mamoru Shigemitsu Japanese Foreign Minister

General Yoshijiro Umezu Chief of Staff, Japanese Army Headquarters

With nine staff and observing officers.

At 0904, the Japanese representatives signed the instrument of their country's surrender.

At 0905, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers signed for all the nations joined in the war again Japan. he was accompanied by Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright, the commanding general at the fall of Corregidor in 1942,and by Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, the commanding general at the fall of Singapore in the same year.

At 0912, fleet Admiralty Chester W. Nimitz signed for the United States. He was accompanied by Admiral William F. Halsey, commander of the United States Third Fleet and by Rear Admiralty Forrest P. Sherman, Deputy Chief of Staff to Admiralty Nimitz. Representatives of the other allied nations then signed. This completed the ceremony of surrender.

See also:
- Photos of the USS Missouri Battleship Tour
- About the USS Missouri
- USS Arizona Memorial
- USS Bowfin Submarine Tour
- Photos of Pearl Harbor

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