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Sixty years ago aboard the battleship USS Missouri, the Japanese government signed the Instrument of Surrender, officially bringing World War II to a close. More >>

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  • No party in brig
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  • Darkness ends
"Let us pray that peace be now
restored to the world and that
God will preserve it always."

Gen. Douglas MacArthur's
Surrender Day speech

Instrument of Surrender

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by the numbers

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Theater of war

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