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

Formal Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945 --
Activities immediately after the Ceremonies

Following the ceremonies, the Allied delegates and spectators began to leave USS Missouri. General MacArthur boarded a destroyer at 9:58 AM to be transported back to Yokohama. Fleet Admiral Nimitz left by boat at 10:44 and was soon back on board USS South Dakota. Remaining on Missouri, Admiral Halsey enjoyed a conversation with his old friend, Vice Admiral John S. McCain, who would be fatally stricken by a heart attack just four days later.

This page features photographs of Admirals Halsey and McCain in conversation and of the return to shore of General MacArthur and the Japanese delegates.

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

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 58553

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Admiral William F. Halsey and Vice Admiral John S. McCain on board USS Missouri (BB-63) shortly after the conclusion of the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945.

Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 85KB; 600 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 92606

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Admiral William F. Halsey and Vice Admiral John S. McCain on board USS Missouri (BB-63) shortly after the conclusion of the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945.
Admiral McCain, who died a few days later, inscribed this print: "To Doc one of the best guys I know. Jim McCain".

Collection of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 82KB; 595 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-353633

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


Admiral William F. Halsey and Vice Admiral John S. McCain chatting by the rail on USS Missouri (BB-63), after the conclusion of of the surrender ceremonies, 2 September 1945.

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

Online Image: 95KB; 620 x 615 pixels

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

 
Photo #: SC 329103

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


The Japanese representatives follow their escort officer along the deck of USS Lansdowne (DD-486), after the surrender ceremonies.
Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu is leading the delegation, followed by General Yoshijiro Umezu.

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

Online Image: 110KB; 600 x 765 pixels

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

 
Photo #: SC 415489

Surrender of Japan, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945


General of the Army Douglas MacArthur departing the U.S. Navy destroyer that carried him back to port, following the surrender ceremonies held on board USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945.
The ship may be USS Buchanan (DD-484).

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

Online Image: 79KB; 740 x 610 pixels

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

 


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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Links revised 7 March 1999