The legacy of absolute victory

The legacy of absolute victory

It was on this day seventy years ago aboard the Seventh Fleet flag ship USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay that the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific Theater, General Douglas MacArthur, directed the diplomatic representatives of the Empire of Japan to sign the official instrument of surrender.  This event marked the official end of hostilities between Japan and all the nations with whom they were engaged in armed conflict and the beginning of the Allied, mainly American, occupation of the Japanese home islands.  For all those I have known who were alive and remember this event it marked the end of a great and defining tragedy/adventure of their youth with a feeling of great hope for their future and a decided awareness that the United...

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