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Admiral Nimitz signing the Instruments of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri

Admiral Nimitz signing the Instruments of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri
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Admiral Chester Nimitz, General Douglas MacArthur, Admiral William F. Halsey, and Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman
Arthur B. Rickerby, 15 Mar 1921 - 2 Aug 1972
Chester William Nimitz, 24 Feb 1885 - 20 Feb 1966
Douglas MacArthur, 26 Jan 1880 - 5 Apr 1964
William Frederick Halsey, Jr., 30 Oct 1882 - 16 Aug 1959
Forrest Percival Sherman, 1896 - 1951
September 2, 1945
Gelatin silver print on paper
Image/Sheet: 26.2 x 33.5cm (10 5/16 x 13 3/16")
Mount: 50.8 x 40.7cm (20 x 16")
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© Arthur B. Rickerby
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Photojournalist Arthur Rickerby, just twenty-four years old, took this photograph on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Admiral Chester Nimitz (1885–1966), who had been commander in chief of the Pacific Ocean Area, was signing the Japanese articles of surrender for the United States. The Japanese delegation had already signed, as had General Douglas MacArthur (standing, left), for the Allies. Standing to the right of MacArthur are Admiral William Halsey and Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman. All four men held crucial leadership roles in the Pacific theater of World War II, but it was MacArthur who delivered the closing remarks on this historic day, marking the end of World War II, noting, “It is my earnest hope . . . that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge.”
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