The official signing of the treaty ending WWII took place 75 years ago today on the USS Missouri. The father of a good friend of mine took part in the ceremony by piloting his B-29 for the flyover of Tokyo Bay.
As a bit of buried history, the actual surrender could have taken place a day or two earlier than Aug. 15th. The Nisei translators used the term “surrender” in the unconditional drafts sent to Tokyo but the Japanese would not accept the drafts. The Nisei determined the hangup was that term. They changed the word surrender to essentially imply the Emperor will cease hostilities. They accepted.
May all the souls who lost their lives in that horrible war be at peace.
4 thoughts on “The End of WWII 75 Years Ago Today”
I remember that day. The war years were my teenage years. The country was really united then, and we had a President that guided us well.
I knew you would remember, Koji!! In fact, I was mentioning you yesterday for a reader who was asking for a friend about info on post-WWII.
That’s an event that should not go uncelebrated.
I 100% agree but it is lost among the youth… and even Liberal college professors.