Fleet Admiral Nimitz signing the Instrument of Surrender of Japan Original Photograph Signed
Category: World War II
Item Number: 13801
Photograph Signed "C.W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, USN," inscribed in his hand "To Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Barton - / with best wishes and great appreciation ." Black & white, 9" x 7.25 image, overall 14" x 11". One surface. Parts of inscription a tad light with adequate contrast. Light rippling. Dark facsimile Nimitz signature on photographic portion of image. Fine condition.
On the morning of September 2, 1945, more than two weeks after accepting the Allies' terms, Japan formally surrendered. The ceremonies, less than half an hour long, took place on board the battleship USS "Missouri," anchored with other United States and British ships in Tokyo Bay. In this photograph, as the United States Representative, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs the Instrument of Surrender. Standing directly behind him are (left-to-right): General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, and Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman, USN. James Howard McGrath represented Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1947, until his resignation on August 23, 1949, having been appointed Attorney General by President Harry S. Truman.