August 14, 1945 was the end of WWII or the V-J Day – “Victory over Japan Day” for millions of soldiers fighting the war around the world.
After bombing Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the Japanese invaded the Philippines that resulted to the staggering destruction to lives and properties, and even up to this day, the pillaging and ruthless Japanese soldiers have left unhealed scars on their living victims.
The end of World War II happened only after the US’ atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed thousands of innocent civilians. The US had no option though because Japanese forces continued to advance and wreak havoc in the Philippines and other neighboring countries.
The surrender was announced by Japan’s Emperor Hirohito over Japan’s local media, and US President Harry Truman disclosed this on August 14, 1945.
Watch Emperor Hirohito announcing Japan’s surrender and how the Japanese troops surrendered.
This video is from the Naval History and Heritage Command
“This Japanese surrender ceremony on board the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September 1945, was filmed by Commander George F. Kosco. In 2010, the Kosco family had the film restored, and the footage is presented now for viewing by the public. Source: Naval History and Heritage.”