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MrL1A1
August 14, 2005, 20:46
This beer is for you WWII Pacific War Vets...thank you :beer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VJ_Day

and pic

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d1/Vj_day_kiss.jpg

15 August 1945 marked Victory over Japan Day or V-J Day, taking a name similar to Victory in Europe Day, which was generally known as V-E Day. In Japan, the day is known as ILO, Shusen-kinenbi, which literally means the "Memorial day for the end of the war". The day marks the end of the Sino-Japanese War, the Pacific War with the U.S., and other military conflicts in Asia. See Surrender of Japan for historical circumstances surrounding Japan's surrender.

At noon Japan standard time on that day, Emperor Hirohito's announcement of Japan's acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration was broadcast to the Japanese people via radio. Earlier the same day, the Japanese government advised the Allies of the surrender by sending a cable to U.S. President Harry S. Truman via the Swiss diplomatic mission in Washington.

Since Japan was the last Axis Power to surrender and V-J Day followed V-E Day by three months, V-J Day marked the end of World War II.

The formal Japanese signing of the surrender terms took place on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945.

V-J Day is now sometimes referred to as V-P Day (Victory in the Pacific Day) to bring it in line with V-E Day where the major enemy power, Germany, was not singled out in the way V-J Day did to Japan. However, since no other power was an Axis belligerent in the Pacific, such alteration of nomenclature seems unnecessary to many.

In the United States V-J Day is commemorated on August 14 since the news of the surrender broke on that date in the US time zones.

V-J Day is still a state holiday in Rhode Island. The holiday's official name is "Victory Day", and it is observed on the second Monday of August.

In Australia, The name V-P day was used apparently from the outset. The Canberra Times of 14 August 1945 clearly states reference to "VP Day" celebrations.

Snakeshot
August 14, 2005, 21:18
I today celebrate the accomplishments of those who fought some of the most difficult conflicts of WWII.

I have no concept of what they endured, only of what they sacrificed. I can only try to understand.

Thank you. :bigangel:

Chip
August 14, 2005, 22:21
I remember it well.

fastprofessor
August 14, 2005, 23:32
Never forget their sacrifices and what they fought and died for.:whiskey:

Frontman
August 15, 2005, 21:39
My grandfather fought in the Phillipines in the later part of the war, and was on one of the Missouri's escort ships at the signing of the surrender.

One of his favorite stories is how they packed so many men onto the ships that there was no room below decks for them to stay. And of how rough the seas were on the way to Japan, and how miserable the seasickness was, the decks of the ships were so slippery with vomit that is was difficult to walk across them safely.

Prior to the war he lived on the estate of then Colonel Wainright as a sergeant with the 3rd Cavalry. He was fortunate to leave the Phillipines with MacArthur as the Japanese approached. General Wainright wasn't so lucky.

rob1
August 16, 2005, 14:43
My father had just departed on a troopship to the South Pacific when Japan surrendered. I for one have always been glad it happened the way it did!