USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbour

USS West Virginia Color Photo

Affectionately nicknamed “Wee Vee”, USS West Virginia was commissioned in in December 1923.  She was moved to Hawaii in 1940 with the US Pacific Fleet and was the youngest of all the battleships at Pearl Harbour. USS West Virginia During the Attack During the attack on Pearl Harbour West Virginia was outboard of USS Tennessee. The

The End of WWII on the Battleship Missouri

End of WWII Ceremony

Sitting at Pearl Harbour, as we approach the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender that marked the end of WWII, we reflect on the two days that changed the world forever.  The December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour and the September 2, 1945 signing of the surrender on the Battleship USS Missouri. Japan did not

Were there any Japanese ships at the surrender ceremony?

The battleship Nagato was one of the only Japanese ships at the surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945.  She was the only battleship from the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)to make it to the end of WWII. Commissioned in 1920 she was one of the last of the Japanese battleships. They had to put a freeze

Where was the USS Missouri when the surrender was signed?

The Battleship USS Missouri was anchored in the middle of Tokyo Bay. Those attending the Surrender Ceremony arrived by ship.   There were more than 250 allied warships in Tokyo Bay when the surrender was signed. In fact, MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces, set the date of the surrender to September 2, 1945

Emperor Hirohito Radio Address on August 15, 1945

After Hirohito radio address

The following is a translation of Emperor Hirohito’s radio address from August 15, 1945 accepting the Allies terms of surrender. The language that he spoke in was very difficult for common Japanese people to understand. Emperor Hirohito had an imperial dialect that was confusing for many. To our good and loyal subjects: After pondering deeply