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Pearl Harbor in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

U. S. S. Missouri

Instrument of Surrender, WWII

 
 
U. S. S. Missouri Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, September 23, 2007
1. U. S. S. Missouri Marker
Inscription. The instrument of surrender terminating the Second World War was signed on this ship, 2 September 1945 east longitude date while she lay at anchor in Tokyo Bay.

The Allied representatives were • General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, The Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers • Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, United States of America • General Hsu Yung-Ch’ang, Republic of China • Admiral Sir Bruce A Fraser, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland • Lieutenant General Kuzma Nikilaevich Derevyanko, Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics • General Sir Thomas Blamey, Commonwealth of Australia • Colonel L. Moore Cosgrave, Canada • General Jacques Le Clerc, Republic of France • Air Vice Marshall Leonard M. Isitt, Dominion of New Zealand • Admiral C. E. L. Helfrich, Kingdom of the Netherlands • with their staffs and observing flag and general officers.

The Japanese representatives were • Mamoru Shigemitsu, Japanese Foreign Minister • General Yoshijiro Umezu, Chief of Staff, Japanese Army Headquarters • with nine staff and observing officers.

At 0904, the Japanese representatives signed the instrument of their country’s surrender.

At 0908, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers signed for all the nations joined in the war against Japan. He was
BB 63 USS Missouri Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, circa October 2000
2. BB 63 USS Missouri
Although retired, "Mighty Mo" still "guards" the nearby USS Arizona.
accompanied by Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright, the Commanding General at the Fall of Corregidor in 1942, and by Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, the Commanding General at the Fall of Singapore in the same year.

At 0912, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signed for the United States. He was accompanied by Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander of the United States Third Fleet and by Rear Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, Deputy Chief of Staff to Admiral Nimitz. Representatives of the other Allied Nations then signed. This completed the ceremony of surrender.
 
Location. 21° 21.728′ N, 157° 57.203′ W. Marker is in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker can be reached from Kamehameha Highway (Hawaii Route 99) 0.8 miles south of Ford Island Boulevard. Click for map. Directions are for the Visitor Center. Marker is located on the surrender deck of the battleship, U.S.S. MISSOURI. A ticket to board the battleship is required. Marker is in this post office area: Jbphh HI 96860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN (within shouting distance of this marker); USS West Virginia Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Naval Base Pearl Harbor
Spot of Surrender Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, September 23, 2007
3. Spot of Surrender
This marker is on the floor of the surrender deck. It reads, “U.S.S. Missouri. Over this spot on 2 September 1945 the Instrument of Formal Surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers was signed thus bringingto a close the Second World War. The ship at that time was anchored in Tokyo Bay. Latitude 35° 21′ 17″ North ~ Longitude 139° 45′ 36″ East.”
(approx. 0.3 miles away); This Sacred Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); USS Arizona Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S.S. Arizona (approx. 0.3 miles away); USS Utah Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named USS Utah Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. BB-63
 
Categories. MilitaryPeaceWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Pearl Harbor from the U.S.S. Missouri at Ford Island Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, September 23, 2007
4. Pearl Harbor from the U.S.S. Missouri at Ford Island
The Arizona Memorial can be seen in Pearl Harbor just in front of the battleship.
U. S. S. Missouri and Arizona Memorial Photo, Click for full size
5. U. S. S. Missouri and Arizona Memorial
View from Keaiwa Heiau State Park, which is in the foothills of the Koolau Range above the town of Aiea.
U. S. S. Missouri Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
6. U. S. S. Missouri Marker
A Duplicate Marker, located on the U.S.S. Yorktown (CV 10), also, today a Navy Museum Charleston Harbor, S.C.
Instrument of Surrender Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2009
7. Instrument of Surrender
This copy of the Instrument of Surrender that was signed aboard the U. S. S. Missouri is on display at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The pen seen to the left of the document was the first used by Gen. Douglas MacArthur to sign the Japanese surrender.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,075 times since then and 424 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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