On This Day: September 2, 1945

Seventy years ago, Japan formally surrendered aboard the USS Missouri:


  • Norman_In_New_York

    It was the last time we demanded and received an enemy’s unconditional surrender. Then the United Nations became active and the humanitarians took over.

    • formwiz

      Actually, Roosevelt blurted it out at Casablanca and Churchill hated the idea.

      Unconditional surrender means the other side figures it’s got nothing to lose and that piles up the casualties.

      BTW, the only other time was certain battles in the Civil War under US Grant.

      We did grant conditional surrenders to the various Confederate generals (including Lee) in ’65.

  • formwiz

    Barry says the idea of making the Nips sign the surrender in Tokyo Bay on the fantail of the Missouri makes him all wee-wee.

    Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to make him feel that way again.

  • Dana Garcia

    We had non-traitor Democrats in those days. Victory was possible.

    • simus1

      Senator Truman made his bones as a national figure by personally exposing defense contractor and government waste, incompetence, and outright corruption in the early 1940s US rearmament programs. Today’s senators have a better grasp of what their job entails.

    • BillyHW

      No, they were traitors, even then.

  • canminuteman

    It’s amazing how a few nukes will fix a bad attitude. We need to keep that in mind for future reference.

    • Gary

      Zero in one at Mekkah and one at Medina , then put muslims on notice that they had 6 months to clean up this $hit with all the beheading of babies and mass slaughters to non-muslims.

      The peaceful ones better do something as well because they are a minority in the non-islamic nations they fled to while some of them want Sharia law on US soil.

  • Gary

    Sadly , about 10,000 troops were in North Vietnam and about 5000 chose to stay and join the Communists because of the shared goal for one culture under one Leader while the people work for the betterment of the State.
    The first American killed in Vietnam was around 1946 from an invasion by the North Communists that attacked a Diplomatic Office . The death was a civilian employee and not given the respect as the first victim of the Conflict post-1945.

  • BillyHW