Surrender


USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor

By: Bruce D.

Affectionately nicknamed "Wee Vee", USS West Virginia was commissioned in in December 1923.  She was moved to Hawaii in 1940 with the US Pacific Fleet and was the youngest of all... Read More

The End of WWII on the Battleship Missouri

By: Bruce D.

Sitting at Pearl Harbor, as we approach the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender that marked the end of WWII, we reflect on the two days that changed the world forever.... Read More

Were there any Japanese ships at the surrender ceremony?

By: Bruce D.

The battleship Nagato was one of the only Japanese ships at the surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945.  She was the only battleship from the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)to make... Read More

Where was the USS Missouri when the surrender was signed?

By: Bruce D.

The Battleship USS Missouri was anchored in the middle of Tokyo Bay. Those attending the Surrender Ceremony arrived by ship.   There were more than 250 allied warships in Tokyo Bay... Read More

Emperor Hirohito Radio Address on August 15, 1945

By: Bruce D.

The following is a translation of Emperor Hirohito's radio address from August 15, 1945 accepting the Allies terms of surrender. The language that he spoke in was very difficult for... Read More