Not only did yesterday mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the great cataclysm, today marks the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II. The signing of the surrender documents on the deck of the battleship USS Missouri marked the end of six years of the most awful war in history.

To emphasize to the Japanese just how defeated they were, vast portions of the US fleet steamed into Tokyo Bay, and a stunning number of US Navy carrier borne aircraft flew overhead.

15 thoughts on “Surrender”

  1. Back around 1967, my family took a trip up through British Columbia and Alberta. On the way back, we stopped at Bremerton and went aboard the mothballed Missouri. This was, of course, before she was retrofitted abd put back into the fleet.

    It was a dreary drizzly day and I can remember the odd feeling standing on the deck by a brass plaque decreeing that “on this spot the Japanese signed the surrender” (or words to that effect.

    It was such a small plaque to announce the end of such a cataclysmic war.

    1. I have a picture of me kneeling next to the plaque from when I saw the Mighty Mo in Hawaii.

      I kept the tour guide on her toes by correcting her mistakes and instantly answering her trivia questions. =)

  2. And a sizable contingent was at sea outside of Tokyo Bay just in case the surrender was yet another ruse.

    1. MISSOURI was the only one of the IOWAs in the harbor. IOWA was outside acting as a radio relay, NEW JERSEY was with Spruance off Okinawa, with a Fast Carrier Group, so that if the Japanese pulled off a successful surprise attack on MISSOURI, there would still be a Command Structure ready to go. WISCONSIN was riding herd on the carriers offshore, (apparently, the Big Badger Boat was known for her AA shooting).

      Last winter I bought a 1/700 kit of USS BUCHANAN. It came with two ships in the box, the second being USS LANDSDOWNE. BUCHANAN brought the US representatives out to MISSOURI, and LANDSDOWNE brought out the Japanese.

  3. I remember MacArthur’s speech, but one line stands out, “We have had our last chance.” Man has learned nothing. As that war fades in memory, the newer generation thinks they’ll never do anything so stupid, yet we see what China is doing on her littoral and beyond, playing the part of Japan, with Russia doing her thing in Ukraine, playing the part of Nazi Germany.

    The one thing we learn from history is that man does not learn from history.

    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

  4. Meh, special effects, everyone knows there were only 120 aircraft and they circled around the Missouri and came back again.

    Or as the great American Philosopher Wednesday Adams once remarked, “no, wait”.

  5. Proud to say my dad was in the fireroom of one of the carriers that day and my uncle flew in that aluminum overcast at the stick of an FM-2 Wildcat.

  6. I would have hoped some of the former power base looked out to the bay and above and thought “…what were we thinking.”

    1. Their choice in 1941 was fight or become America’s bitch. They chose to fight. Gotta respect that, even if the fight was hopeless.

    2. Sorry, but the Japanese were already fighting; China, The Soviet Union and France. They just decided to add us, the British, the Dutch, etc. to the list.

      No, I don’t gotta respect a barbaric, brutal, and aggressive nation who felt no shame in using civilians for bayonet practice, “comfort women”, subjects of medical experimentation and vivisection, slave labor, etc. They deserve no more respect than the Germans, another soi-disant “master race”.

  7. Correct me if I’m mistaken Tarl but weren’t the sanctions imposed on the Japanese in the ’30’s based on their incursion into China. I’m not remembering those sanctions being arbitrary. Would not the question be more about maintaining a power, Bushido based, entity in the Pacific Rim?Your statement seems to smack of “…the Hindenburg crashed because of hydrogen inflation because the US kept helium from the Germans.”

    1. IIRC, the sanctions that actually provoked the war were imposed in ’41. Acheson and his gang were the main culprits there. I’ve seen sources that said FDR was mad that such were implemented, and others say he loved it. From everything I’ve seen, it’s pretty much agreed that the sanctions inspired the Japs to lash out at us. Yamamoto warned the Admiralty of what the results would be. He didn’t live to see his warning vindicated, but that’s fortunes of war.

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