Americans giving thanks for end of war in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, August 1945


Photograph. Americans kneeling in thankful prayer in St. Patrick's Cathedral after President Harry S. Truman's announcement of the Japanese surrender. Official Caption: "Rome. 8/23/45. Americans give thanks for end of war. Americans kneel in thankful prayer in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, after President Harry S. Truman's announcement of the Japanese acceptance of Allied surrender terms three years and 250 days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The President announced on Aug. 14, 1945 at 7 P.M. Eastern War Time in Washington that he had received the Japanese message which he deemed a full acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration of Jult [sic] 26. He said that the Japanese surrender would be made to U.S. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur in his capacity as Supreme Allied Commander in Chief. Photo Serviced through U. S. I. S. Rome 43467-PPA A. P. Photo. Approved by appropriate military authority (D List Out)."”New York, New York. 23 August 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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