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Formal Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945
Scenes on USS Missouri before the Ceremonies

As destroyers delivered participants from Yokohama to USS Missouri's port side, officers from nearby ships were arriving by boat and being piped aboard at the battleship's starboard side. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Pacific Commander in Chief and the official United States' Representative at the surrender ceremonies, came aboard at 8:05 AM. The Supreme Allied Commander, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, arrived via destroyer about forty minutes later.

Shortly before the Japanese were scheduled to arrive, spectators, the press and the Allied participants took their places. MacArthur, Nimitz and Admiral William F. Halsey walked past them to their own positions. At 8:56, the Japanese delegation began to come on board.

This page presents photographs of Naval officers being piped aboard Missouri, of General MacArthur and Admirals Nimitz and Halsey shortly before ceremonies began, and of the arrival of the Japanese delegation.

For a special selection of views of the 2 September 1945 Japanese surrender ceremonies, and for links to other views of the ceremonies, see: Formal Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945, Selected and Miscellaneous Views.

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

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Photo #: 80-G-472627

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, USN, Commander, Submarines, Pacific Fleet, comes on board USS Missouri (BB-63) for the surrender ceremonies, in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945.
Awaiting him, at far left, is Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, Third Fleet.
Photographed by Lieutenant Barrett Gallagher, USNR.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

Online Image: 69KB; 620 x 645 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: SC 211865

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, USN, comes aboard USS Missouri (BB-63) for the Japanese surrender ceremonies, in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection, U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: SC 415491

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, RN, Commander in Chief, British Pacific Fleet, and United Kingdom Representative, comes aboard USS Missouri (BB-63) for the Japanese surrender ceremonies, in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 92KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-337956

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, Third Fleet, enters flag spaces on USS Missouri (BB-63), as the Allied representatives gather prior to the start of the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945.
Lieutenant General Richard K. Sutherland is at left.

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

Online Image: 93KB; 585 x 765 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: NH 49707

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (left) and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz walk past Turret Number Two to take their places for the surrender ceremonies, on board USS Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945.

Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 65KB; 620 x 735 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-332660

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz walk past assembled U.S. naval and military officers to take their places for the surrender ceremonies, on board USS Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945.
Behind them, at the top of the ladder, is Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, Third Fleet. Lieutenant Commander William J. Kitchell, Halsey's Flag Lieutenant, is in the lead.
The table upon which the Instruments of Surrender were signed is in the lower right.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

Online Image: 119KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: NH 49702

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (center-left) and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz walk past senior U.S. officers to take their places for the surrender ceremonies, on board USS Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945.
Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, Third Fleet, is behind them. Lieutenant Commander William J. Kitchell, Halsey's Flag Lieutenant, is in the lead.
The Allied representatives at the ceremony are already in their places, in the lower part of the photo, with the surrender table in front of them.

The original print has been inscribed to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association by Fleet Admiral Nimitz.

Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN.

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 115KB; 595 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: SC 329104

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu boards USS Missouri (BB-63) for the surrender ceremonies, in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945.

Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 92KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 


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