WWII's End Commemorated on Deck of the Mighty Mo
On Sept. 2, 1945, peace was restored as World War II came to an end with Japan's surrender on the decks of the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
On Monday, the Battleship Missouri -- now a memorial and museum in Pearl Harbor -- hosted a special "End of World War II" commemoration to mark the 68th anniversary of that historic occasion and the sacrifice that made it possible.
"The ceremony onboard the Missouri 68 years ago was as much about ending the war as starting a new and lasting spirit of friendship between Japan and the U.S. that continues today," said Michael A. Carr, president and chief operating officer for the "Mighty Mo."
Between 50 million and 85 million people were killed in the 1939-1945 war, the deadliest conflict in history.
Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, who directed the war in the Pacific, signed the "Instrument of Surrender" as the U.S. representative. Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu, chief of the army general staff, signed the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Japanese.
A new 9-foot bronze-and-granite statue of Nimitz was unveiled and dedicated at the ceremony Monday. The statue will be permanently installed in Pearl Harbor at Pier Foxtrot 5, the pier where the Missouri is berthed. …