This booklet, dating from 1946, is a facsimile of the surrender documents signed on the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, on the 2nd September 1945. These were produced by the National Archives in the US for distribution to institutions and individuals in education. I have the German ones here.
Archive for Pacific Campaign
This is a wonderful New Zealand 3rd Division group to a courageous young man, sadly KIA endeavouring to save others under terrible conditions. 2nd Lieutenant Colin David Griffiths was a 24 year old ex-shop assistant from Timaru, New Zealand who was killed in action at Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands on the 2nd of October 1943.
He lost his life during a third attempt at rescuing a cut-off patrol from the Japanese. Swimming a line ashore to the party, consisting of a number of wounded, sharks had to be held off by tommy-gun fire. Griffiths was killed in the water, along with almost everyone else in the rescue party, by heavy Japanese small arms fire. To be clear here, this was Griffiths third attempt and the second that day to reach the beach.
This small Australian group is impressed to NX150610 W.A.White. William Albert White was 36 when he enlisted on the 5th of January 1943. He served as a Signalman with 2nd Australian Line Maintenance Section. These units maintained the communications networks within Australia as well as in the disputed regions under Australian control such as New Guinea. The group consists of the Pacific Star, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal and the Australian War Service Medal. William was discharged on the 22nd of November 1945.