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    2 September 1945, Tokyo Bay, the Japanese formally surrender, ending WW2. Nearly 300 US and Allied ships fill Tokyo Bay — a powerful demonstration of Allied might. The surrender ceremony takes place onboard the US Battleship USS Missouri. President Truman addressed the American people listening to the surrender ceremony on the radio:
    “My fellow Americans, and the Supreme Allied Commander, General MacArthur, in Tokyo Bay:
    The thoughts and hopes of all America–indeed of all the civilized world–are centered tonight on the battleship Missouri. There on that small piece of American soil anchored in Tokyo Harbor the Japanese have just officially laid down their arms. They have signed terms of unconditional surrender.
    Four years ago, the thoughts and fears of the whole civilized world were centered on another piece of American soil–Pearl Harbor. The mighty threat to civilization which began there is now laid at rest. It was a long road to Tokyo–and a bloody one.
    We shall not forget Pearl Harbor.
    The Japanese militarists will not forget the U.S.S. Missouri.”
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