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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
-- Other Victory Celebrations, circa August 1945

This page presents views of Victory Celebrations, following the announcement that Japan had capitulated, that took place later in the month than 14-15 August or which took place in China. It also includes miscellaneous images related to the victorious end of the Pacific War.

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 #: NH 71537

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Front page of Patrol, newspaper of the U.S. Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, for 29 August 1945, celebrating the end of World War II. In addition to headlines and a patriotic cartoon, it features an article by Clarence Strong Williams, entitled V-J Day - Dawn of Peace.

Courtesy of Captain Clarence S. Williams, USNR(Retired), 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 125KB; 610 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-331688

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, Third Fleet, and other senior U.S. and British Navy officers toast the end of World War II, aboard USS Missouri (BB-63), 22 August 1945.
Those present are (left to right):
Rear Admiral Robert B. Carney, USN;
Captain J.P.L. Reid, RN;
Vice Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, RN;
Admiral Halsey;
Vice Admiral John S. McCain, USN, and
Rear Admiral Wilder D. Baker, USN.

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

Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 615 pixels

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

 
Photo #: NH 91300

Changchow, Fukien Province, China


Members of the U.S. Navy Coast Watch Weather Unit, Area IV, celebrate the armistice with local Chinese, circa 15 August 1945. The celebrations included torchlight and rice wine.
Americans present include (left to right): Davidson, Reed and Chaplain Shannon.

Collection of Commander J.A. Meyertholen, USN(Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 94KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 91301

Changchow, Fukien Province, China


Part of the congregation at the "peace" Mass celebrated by local Chinese priests and U.S. Navy Chaplain Shannon at the end of World War II, 17 August 1945. U.S. Navy personnel present are from the Coast Watch Weather Unit, Area IV.

Collection of Commander J.A. Meyertholen, USN(Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 88KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 94117

Naval Torpedo Station, Alexandria, Virginia


Heads of departments pose with the final torpedo manufactured by the Torpedo Station, circa Summer 1945.
The torpedo appears to be a submarine type.
Collection of George L. Dant.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 85KB; 740 x 600 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-17611 (Color)

Admiral Halsey's Saddle


Fancy tooled leather saddle presented to Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, by the Reno, Nevada, Chamber of Commerce in 1945. The saddle, which was highlined to USS Missouri (BB-63), Halsey's flagship, on 25 August 1945, had been made in response to an earlier comment by the Admiral's Flag Secretary, Commander Harold Stassen, that "It won't be long before Admiral Halsey is riding the Emperor's white horse."
Though Halsey never had an opportunity to put the saddle to its intended use, it became part of the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, in Annapolis, Maryland. This photograph was taken there on 5 October 1954.

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

Online Image: 72KB; 575 x 765 pixels

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

 

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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