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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- EVENTS -- World War II in the Pacific -- Japan Capitulates --
Initial Occupation of Japan, 28 August - 2 September 1945

Takeover of Yokosuka Naval Base, 30 August 1945

At 10:30 AM on 30 August 1945, shortly after the first amphibious forces came ashore at Yokosuka, the cruiser USS San Diego (CL-53) tied up at the base's waterfront. She brought Rear Admirals Oscar C. Badger and Robert B. Carney to join Marine Brigadier General William T. Clement for the formal transfer of that important naval facility from Japanese to United States' control. Yokosuka, conveniently located just inside Tokyo Bay, rapidly became a vital center for Allied naval operations along Japan's Pacific coast. Today, over five decades later, it remains a very active base for both the Japanese and United States' Navies.

This page features photographs of the transfer of Yokosuka to U.S. control.

For further pictorial coverage of the initial occupation of Japan, see:
Initial Occupation of Japan, 28 August - 2 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-338386

Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan


USS San Diego (CL-53) docks at Yokosuka on 30 August 1945, to take part in the U.S. occupation of that facility.

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

Online Image: 90KB; 740 x 600 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-338387

Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan


A Japanese working party rigs the gangway as USS San Diego (CL-53) docks at Yokosuka on 30 August 1945, to take part in the U.S. occupation of that facility.
Note details of San Diego's forward superstructure, including white counter-shading below horizontal surfaces.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 98KB; 740 x 605 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-338246

Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan


Pierside scene during the U.S. occupation of Yokosuka, 30 August 1945, with many photographers present, possibly showing Marine Brigadier General William T. Clement, who commanded the landing party, greeting Navy Rear Admirals Oscar C. Badger and Robert B. Carney. Japanese officer in center is probably Vice Admiral Michitaro Tozuka, commander of the base.
Side of USS San Diego (CL-53) is visible at the top of the photo.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 117KB; 690 x 675 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-6223 (Color)

Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan


Rear Admiral Robert B. Carney, U.S. Third Fleet Chief of Staff, at the surrender of the Yokosuka Naval base to U.S. forces, 30 August 1945. He received the surrender on behalf of the U.S. Navy.
Photographed by Lieutenant Dewey Wrigley.

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

Image Quality Note: The original 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" color transparency had become rather purple. This color shift has been somewhat corrected in this reproduction.

Online Image: 89KB; 610 x 675 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-6251 (Color)

Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan


Japanese Vice Admiral Michitoro Tozuka, Yokosuka Naval Base Commander, photographed just after he had surrendered the facility to Rear Admiral Robert B. Carney, U.S. Third Fleet Chief of Staff, on 30 August 1945.

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

Image Quality Note: The original 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" color transparency had become rather purple. This color shift has been somewhat corrected in this reproduction.

Online Image: 99KB; 610 x 675 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-6219 (Color)

Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan


Japanese personnel stand in formation, during the surrender of the Yokosuka Naval base to U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces, 30 August 1945.
Photographed by Lieutenant Dewey Wrigley.

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

Image Quality Note: The original 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" color transparency had become rather purple. This color shift has been somewhat corrected in this reproduction.

Online Image: 93KB; 640 x 675 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-338244

Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan


Raising the United States flag at Yokosuka, 30 August 1945, as U.S. Marines and sailors took over the facility. Brigadier General William T. Clement, USMC, presided over the ceremony.
In this view, the flag is at the bottom of the mast, ready to be hoisted.

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

Online Image: 94KB; 690 x 675 pixels

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

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-6250 (Color)

Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan


Raising the U.S. flag, during the surrender of the Yokosuka Naval base to U.S. forces, 30 August 1945.

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

Image Quality Note: The original 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" color transparency had become rather purple. This color shift has been somewhat corrected in this reproduction.

Online Image: 83KB; 620 x 675 pixels

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

 


For further pictorial coverage of the initial occupation of Japan, see:
Initial Occupation of Japan, 28 August - 2 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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9 March 1999