"Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always. These proceedings are closed!" General MacArthur, September 2, 1945, aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay
With those words, World War II was finally over.
|Official U.S. Navy Photograph #80-G-421130, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Navy carrier planes fly in formation over the USS Missouri at the conclusion of the Surrender Ceremony.