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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- EVENTS -- World War II in the Pacific --
Japan Capitulates --

Reactions to Japan's Capitulation, August 1945
-- Victory celebrations in the United States, 14 August 1945

This page presents views of celebrations in the United States on 14 August 1945, following the announcement that Japan had capitulated.

For links to other images of Victory celebrations in August 1945, see:
Reactions to Japan's Capitulation, August 1945 -- Getting the "Word"

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-332969

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Personnel at Naval Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, celebrate news of Japan's surrender, 14 August 1945.

This appears to be an operations office, with aircraft status board in background containing information on four identifiable individual planes: N2S-3 (Bureau # 07742), N2S-3 (Bureau # 07720), FM-1 (Bureau # 46901--may be an FM-2) and F4U-4 (Bureau # 82085)

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

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 580 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-332974

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Prayers of gratitude are offered during a choir rehersal at Naval Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, after it was announced that Japan had accepted the Allied surrender terms, 14 August 1945.
Seaman (WAVE) second from left in front row holds music for the hymn In the Garden.

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

Online Image: 88KB; 740 x 615 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-332967

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Choir rehersal at Naval Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, at the time it was announced that Japan had accepted the Allies' surrender terms, 14 August 1945.
Hymn may be In the Garden, which is the title on sheet music held by the Seaman (WAVE) second from left in front row.

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.

 
Photo #: 80-G-332964

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Patrons and staff at the Naval Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, Officers' Club celebrate news of Japan's surrender, 14 August 1945.
Note bottle of "Ballantine's Beer" raised by officer in left center background.

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

Online Image: 93KB; 740 x 620 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-332962

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Enlisted men at Naval Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, celebrate the announcement of Japan's surrender, 14 August 1945.
Note bottles of "Ballantine's Beer", and "Death Before Dishonor" tattoo on man at left.

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

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 615 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-377103

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Sailors and their girlfriends celebrate the announcement of Japan's surrender, while riding through the streets of Washington, DC, atop an automobile, 14 August 1945.
Photographed by Chief Petty Officer Smith.

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

Online Image: 65KB; 665 x 670 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-377106

Surrender of Japan, 1945


A sailor and a woman celebrating the announcement of Japan's surrender, in Washington, DC, 14 August 1945.
Photographed by Chief Petty Officer Smith.

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

Online Image: 65KB; 640 x 670 pixels

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

 

About the photo that isn't here:

Some Online Library users will notice that Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photograph of the sailor & girl (nurse Edith Shain) kissing in New York City's Times Square is not to be found on this page, or anywhere else in the Naval Historical Center's photographic collections.

That's because this photograph was taken for Life Magazine and is owned by Time-Life. Those interested in obtaining reproductions and rights to this image should contact Time-Life for details on availability and fees.

For links to other images of Victory celebrations in August 1945, see:
Reactions to Japan's Capitulation, August 1945 -- Getting the "Word"

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



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14 February 1999