VJ Day, the end of World War II – August 15, 1945

Today is the 63rd anniversary of “Victory Japan” Day, or VJ Day. On that day Japan announced it would surrender unconditionally.

President Harry Truman warned Japan to surrender, unconditionally, from the Potsdam Conference, in July. Truman warned that the U.S. had a new, horrible weapon. Japan did not accept the invitation to surrender. The announced surrender came nine days after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and six days after a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The actual surrender occurred on September 2, 1945, aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Harbor.

Celebrations broke out around the world, wherever U.S. military people were, and especially across the U.S., which had been hunkered down in fighting mode for the previous four years, since the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.

I posted some of the key images of the day a year ago (go see), and repost one of my favorites here.

An unnamed U.S. sailor boldly celebrates Japans surrender with an unnamed, passing nurse, in Times Square, New York, August 15, 1945 - Alfred Eisenstadt, Life Magazine

Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic photo of the Kiss in Times Square, V-J Day 1945.


5 Responses to VJ Day, the end of World War II – August 15, 1945

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Ian, you’d probably do better to check Craig’s List or eBay.

    If you wished to donate it, I’d say check with the Nimitz “War in the Pacific” museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.

    Hope that helps


  2. ian says:

    Dear Sir,
    l have an original copy of a August the 16th 1945 Herald victory edition, Peace – world hails Jap surrender. l am looking to find someone who is a collector. Could you please point me in the right direction.
    Regards Ian


  3. emmerson says:

    who said that i am doin a project on world war 2


  4. iTAMIA says:

    I love this article because im doing a report on WWII


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