Japanese Instrument of Surrender, 1945


Photograph. Photograph of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender. Official Caption: "Rome, 9/21/45. JAPANESE SURRENDER DOCUMENTS. This is copy of the instrument of surrender which was signed aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 1, 1945, 18 days after Japan's capitulation to the Allies, and the Japanese Emperor's proclamation announcing acceptance of the Allies' terms of surrender. U.S. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Allied Supreme Commander, signed the historic paper on behalf of the Allies, while Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed for his government on behalf of Emperor Hirohito, and General Yoshijiro Umezu signed for the Japanese Imperial General Staff. Representatives of the U.S., China, the United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Austria, Canada, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand signed for their respective countries. SERVICED THROUGH U.S.I.S. ROME. (d list out) 43929-FF. 43929-1." 21 September 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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