WW II Japanese Surrender Ceremony Souvenir Card

WW II Japanese Surrender Ceremony Souvenir Card

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This is a souvenir wallet card issued to servicemen aboard the USS Missouri on 2 September 1945 in commemoration of attending the Japanese formal surrender ceremonies. The original name has been digitally removed so the name area is blank.

The text of the card says:

USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. Certifying the presence of _________________________ at the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces to the Allied Powers.

The card carries the signatures and titles of the major commanders in the Pacific Theatre of Operations: Gen. MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz, Admiral Halsey, and Captain Murray (commanding officer of the USS Missouri on that date).

The original card was carried for some time and so shows some aging.

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