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Officers and enlisted men crowd deck of battleship watching signing ceremony, with ocean, ships & sky in background.

Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu, assisted by Foreign Ministry representative Toshikazu Kase, signs the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Japanese Government, on board the USS Missouri, September 2nd, 1945. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Richard K. Sutherland, watches from the opposite side of the table.