Living History: Sept. 2, 1945, Japan Surrenders, WWII Ends
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2009 -- The 64th anniversary of the end of World War II is being marked at the Battleship Missouri Memorial today, the ship where Japanese officials signed the surrender documents concluding the war.
On Sept. 2, 1945, the Japanese foreign minister and delegation representing the Emperor of Japan boarded USS Missouri where it was anchored in Tokyo Bay to formally surrender to the Allied Powers. Emperor Hirohito was not in attendance.
Battleship Missouri has since been decommissioned and now serves as museum.
Thw warship is currently moored at Pearl Harbor a few hundred yards from USS Arizona, which sank in the Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into war in 1941.
(Report from newswire sources.)
Related: U.S. Army Web Site - The U.S. Army in Post World War II Japan
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