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Nimitz signing the instrument of surrender, Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 Sep 1945, photo 1 of 2

Caption     Nimitz signing the instrument of surrender, Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 Sep 1945, photo 1 of 2 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-701293
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Photos on Same Day 2 Sep 1945
Photos at Same Place Tokyo, Japan
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
17 Jan 2011 07:33:13 PM

Complete caption by the US Navy is as follows:

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs the Instrument of Surrender as United States Representative, on board USS Missouri (BB-63), 2 September 1945.
Standing directly behind him are (left-to-right):
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur
Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, and
Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman, USN.
In front row, background, are (left to right):
Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman, USN
Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, USN
Vice Admiral John S. McCain, USN
Vice Admiral John H. Towers, USN
Admiral Richmond K. Turner, USN
Rear Admiral Robert B. Carney, USN
General Walter C. Krueger, U.S. Army
General Robert L. Eichelberger, U.S. Army and
General Carl A. Spaatz, USAAF.
Others identified behind the front row include (in no order):
Brigadier General Joseph H. Fellows, USMC
Captain Tom B. Hill, USN
Commodore J.C. Cronin, USN
Rear Admiral Ingram C. Sowell, USN
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, USN
Rear Admiral Howard F. Kingman, USN
Rear Admiral Lloyd J. Wiltsie, USN
Rear Admiral J. Cary Jones, USN
Captain John S. Thach, USN and
Commodore Joel T. Boone, USN(MC).

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