nimitz64 years ago today, World War II ended in the Pacific. For a list of ships present in Tokyo Bay for the surrender as well as photographs of this historic day, click here.

Thank you to all the members of the Greatest Generation that made victory happen!

We are forever in your debt.

Posted by Jim Dolbow in History, Navy

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  • UltimaRatioReg

    Amen. The price those men paid is incomprehensible to most of us. Until you see the look in the eye of these elderly veterans as they remember friends who never came home to grow old.

  • Paul M Hupf

    On September 2, 1945, the USS Portland (CA 33) was at Truk with Admiral George Murray aboard to accept the surrender of the Japanese mandated islands in the Central and South Pacific. Seven Japanese representatives, pursuant to previous instructions, arrived and boarded the Portland from a small launch about 10 AM local time, if I recall correctly. The senior officer was Lt Gen Mugikura, accompanied by Admiral Hara, who commanded one or more of the Japanese task forces which the United States Navy engaged during the bitter naval battles in and near the Solomon Islands. The Portland’s Marine detachment provided an armed guard which accompanied the Japanese delegation at all times while on the Portland. After a preliminary meeting with Admiral Murray and his staff, the Japanese delegation was escorted to the quarter deck of the Portland were formal signing occurred after which the Japanese delegation left the ship.

  • Joel Bader

    And thanks to the Japanese leaders who saw the wisdom in surrender and making peace. Had they chosen to continue the conflict, it is more than possible that an invasion of Japan would have taken place. From what I have read, it would have been a bloody conflict, taking the lives of thousands, if not millions of Americans, Japanese and others.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    The “thank yous” should be directed first at Oppenheimer, without whose gizmo the landings on Kyushu (Olympic) and Honshu (Cornet) would have been necessary.

    One MM2 whom I was very close to told me that he was training for that invasion when the war ended. Having survived eleven other landings, I asked him what he thought his chances would have been invading Japan. “Pretty damned slim.”