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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- EVENTS -- World War II in the Pacific -- Japan Capitulates --
Surrender of Japanese Forces Outside of Japan, 22 August - mid-September 1945

Surrender of the Bonin Islands, 3 September 1945

The U.S. destroyer Dunlap was the scene for the surrender of the Bonin Islands on 3 September 1945. The ceremonies took place off Chichi Jima, an extremely heavily-fortified island located some 1000 kilometers southeast of Honshu. Lieutenant General Yoshio Tachibana, the local commander who signed the surrender documents, was later convicted and executed for a particularly gruesome series of war crimes perpetuated against U.S. aviators who had been captured in the area during 1944-45.

This page features photographs of the surrender of the Bonin Islands.

 

For further pictorial coverage of the overseas Japanese surrenders, see:
Surrender of Japanese Forces Outside of Japan, 22 August - mid-September 1945 -- Overview and Special Image Selection.

For views of other aspects of Japan's surrender, see: Japan Capitulates, August - September 1945

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the Online Library's digital images, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photo #: 80-G-386387

Surrender of Japan, 1945


A Japanese landing craft brings the Japanese representatives to ceremonies surrendering the Bonin Islands, off Chichi Jima, 3 September 1945. Ceremonies were held on board USS Dunlap (DD-384).
Note double prow and white flag of this craft. Also awning rigged to protect the passengers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 98KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-386390

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Lieutenant General Yoshio Tachibana, Japanese Army, prepares to sign documents surrendering the Bonin Islands, 3 September 1945, off Chichi Jima, on board USS Dunlap (DD-384). A U.S. Army interpreter is assisting him.
Japanese officers standing behind LtG. Tachibana are (left to right): Lieutenant Commander I. Shinoda, Major Y. Horie, Captain J. Sato and Captain S. Terasawa.
At the extreme left is Lieutenant David C. McMillion, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 89KB; 740 x 605 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-386405

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Lieutenant General Yoshio Tachibana, Japanese Army, signs documents surrendering the Bonin Islands, 3 September 1945, on board USS Dunlap (DD-384) off Chichi Jima.
At left are Lieutenant David C. McMillion, USN, and Commodore John H. Magruder, Jr., USN, who accepted the surrender.
Japanese officers standing behind LtG. Tachibana are (left to right): Lieutenant Commander I. Shinoda, Major Y. Horie, Captain J. Sato and Captain S. Terasawa.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 100KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-386393

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Document surrendering the Bonin Islands, signed on board USS Dunlap (DD-384), off Chichi Jima on 3 September 1945.
Japanese Army Lieutenant General Yoshio Tachibana signed on behalf of Japan. Commodore John H. Magruder, Jr., was the United States' signatory.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 97KB; 405 x 765 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-386402

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Following ceremonies surrendering the Bonin Islands, held off Chichi Jima on 3 September 1945, Japanese and U.S. officers discuss additional details in the wardroom of USS Dunlap (DD-384).
Among the Japanese officers present at left are (left to right):
Captain K. Nishiyotsuji and
Captain T. Sugimura.
U.S. officers at right are (left to right):
Lieutenant Colonel R.O. Fudge, U.S. Army;
Captain Harold P. Smith, USN, and
Major P.R. Cibotti, U.S. Army.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 94KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 


For further pictorial coverage of the overseas Japanese surrenders, see:
Surrender of Japanese Forces Outside of Japan, 22 August - mid-September 1945 -- Overview and Special Image Selection.

For views of other aspects of Japan's surrender, see: Japan Capitulates, August - September 1945



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13 March 1999