Today in U.S. Naval History: September 2

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
USS Missouri (BB-63) anchored in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945, the day that Japanese surrender ceremonies were held on her deck. (Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 2

1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan

1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom

1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51), shot down while attacking Chichi Jima

1945 - Japan signs surrender documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. FADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs for the U.S. In different ceremonies, Japanese forces on Palau Islands, Truk, and on Pagan Island and Rota in the Marianas surrender.

For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.

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