Photos of Events Surrounding the Surrender of Japan, V-J Day

The formal surrender of Japan occurred on September 2, 1945, with the Instrument of Surrender being signed aboard the USS Missouri. When news spread that Japan had surrendered, and the war was over, it sparked spontaneous celebrations across the United States, and around the world. The photos on this page cover the formal surrender and in pictures show the emotions experienced on both sides.
Standing in the Oval Office, President Truman reads the announcement of Japan's surrender. Photo, August 14, 1945.
 Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Item from Collection HST-AVC. ARC Identifier 199171

Residents of New York City celebrate the announcement of the surrender of Japan. August 14, 1945. 
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 208. ARC Identifier 535794 / Local Identifier 208-N-43468
Sailors aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) celebrate the surrender of Japan, August 14, 1945.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 80. ARC Identifier 520868 / Local Identifier 80-G-469544
 Thousands gathered in Times Square to celebrate the surrender of Japan. August 15, 1945. 
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531350 / Local Identifier 111-SC-329414
 A huge crowd of sailors and civilians celebrate the surrender of Japan in front of the white house, August 14, 1945.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group Item from Collection HST-AVC. ARC Identifier 199176
Japanese Prisoners of War at Guam, stand with bowed heads after hearing the announcement of Emperor Hirohito, that Japan would unconditionally surrender. His speech was given, August 15, 1945.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 80. ARC Identifier 520991 / Local Identifier
 
 A Japanese POW, at Guam, is overcome with emotion, after hearing that Japan had surrendered. August 15, 1945.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 80. ARC Identifier 520990 / Local Identifier 80-G-490317 
Sailors and photographers aboard the USS Missouri, try to get good viewing spots to witness history: the signing of documents related to the formal surrender of Japan, September 2, 1945.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531312 / Local Identifier 111-SC-210644
 Japanese representatives arrive on the USS Missouri, prepared to sign the Instrument of Surrender, September 2, 1945.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 111. ARC Identifier 531311 / Local Identifier 111-SC-210626
 As Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur signs the surrender documents, Sep. 2, 1945. Behind MacArthur, is Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was a prisoner at Bataan.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 80. ARC Identifier 520694 / Local Identifier 80-G-348366
 An impressive number of F4U's and F6F's fly over the USS Missouri, on the day of Japans formal surrender. 
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 80. ARC Identifier 520775 / Local Identifier 80-G-421130
 The Japanese party leaves the USS Missouri, to salutes of members of the U.S. Military, September 2, 1945.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Part of record group 80. ARC Identifier 520922 / Local Identifier 80-G-472629