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End of WWII marked at USS Missouri battleship


The Battleship Missouri Memorial is marking the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II with a ceremony in Pearl Harbor.

Today’s ceremony is being held on the deck of the decommissioned battleship on the anniversary of the day Japanese officials came aboard to formally surrender.

The USS Missouri was anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, when Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Army Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu boarded and signed the documents. 

Several Allied leaders, including Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Adm. Chester Nimitz, were present at the time.

The vessel is now a museum called the Battleship Missouri Memorial. It’s been moored in Pearl Harbor for the past decade, overlooking the spot where the USS Arizona sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

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