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Occupation and Surrender of Southern Korea, 8-9 September 1945

The U.S. Navy put Army ground forces ashore in Korea on 8 September 1945, at a location that would become World-famous in another five years as the scene of the Inchon Invasion. The following day, 9 September, Japanese forces in the southern part of Korea surrendered in ceremonies held in Seoul. That marked the end of three and a half decades of Japanese rule in Korea. The peninsula north of the thirty-eighth parallel was already in Soviet hands.

This page features views of U.S. landings at Inchon on 8 September 1945 and of the surrender ceremonies at Seoul the next day.

 

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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Photo #: 80-G-394169

Occupation of Korea, September 1945


Vice Admiral Daniel E. Barbey (in front), USN, and Lieutenant General John R. Hodge (middle), U.S. Army, watch Korean occupation landings at Jinsen (Inchon), Korea, from USS Catoctin (AGC-5), 8 September 1945.
The third officer present is not identified.

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

Online Image: 73KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-348292

Occupation of Korea, September 1945


Harbor of Jinsen (Inchon), Korea, photographed from a USS Intrepid (CV-11) aircraft, as Allied forces land there to begin the occupation of southern Korea, 8 September 1945.
Wolmi-Do island is in the lower right, below the airplane wing, with a causeway connecting it to Inchon city.
A U.S. Navy submarine chaser (PC) is the larger vessel in the upper center. Landing craft are maneuvering nearby.

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

Online Image: 98KB; 625 x 675 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-348293

Occupation of Korea, September 1945


Landing craft move in and out of of Jinsen (Inchon) harbor, Korea, as Allied forces land there, 8 September 1945.
Wolmi-Do island is in the upper left, with a causeway connecting it to Inchon city.
Photographed from a USS Intrepid (CV-11) aircraft.

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

Online Image: 100KB; 625 x 675 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-347701

Surrender of Japanese Forces in Southern Korea, September 1945


Surrender ceremonies in the Government Building at Keijo (Seoul), Korea, 9 September 1945. The Japanese delegation is on the right side of the table.
U.S. representatives, on the opposite side of the table, are identified in 80-G-347701 (complete caption)

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

Online Image: 99KB; 740 x 620 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-391461

Surrender of Japanese Forces in Southern Korea, September 1945


Japanese representatives sign surrender documents, during ceremonies at Seoul, Korea, 9 September 1945.
Taken by a USS San Francisco (CA-38) photographer.

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

Online Image: 95KB; 595 x 765 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-490506

Surrender of Japanese Forces in Southern Korea, September 1945


U.S. delegates Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid and Lieutenant General John R. Hodge sign surrender documents, durinjg ceremonies in the Government Building at Keijo (Seoul), Korea, 9 September 1945.
U.S. representatives present include (seated along table, left to right):
Rear Admiral Francis S. Low;
Vice Admiral Daniel E. Barbey;
Admiral Kinkaid;
Lieutenant General Hodge;
Major General A.V. Arnold;
Major General G.X. Cheeves and
Brigadier General Joseph T. Ready.

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

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-391464

Surrender of Japanese Forces in Southern Korea, September 1945


Lowering the Japanese flag, during surrender ceremonies at Seoul, Korea, 9 September 1945.
Taken by a USS San Francisco (CA-38) photographer.

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

Online Image: 121KB; 600 x 765 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 
Photo #: 80-G-391465

Surrender of Japanese Forces in Southern Korea, September 1945


Raising the U.S. flag, during surrender ceremonies at Seoul, Korea, 9 September 1945.
Taken by a USS San Francisco (CA-38) photographer.

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

Online Image: 124KB; 595 x 765 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives.

 




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