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Autographed photograph of the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri


 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 00-1963-17-2

Scope and Contents

Autographed Photograph of the Japanese Surrender in Tokyo Bay aboard the U.S.S. Missouri (1963-17-2) showing Admiral Chester Nimitz seated at a desk signing the surrender document, with General Douglas McArthur, Admiral William F. Halsey, Admiral Forrest Sherman and Admiral Robert Carney.  The photographed is inscribed, "To Captain C. B. McVay III, USN, with best wishes, C.W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, USN."


  • Other: Majority of material found in 2 September 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1962

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

Charles Butler McVay III (July 30, 1898, Ephrata, PA – November 6, 1968, Litchfield, CT) was the Commanding Officer of the USS Indianapolis when it was lost in action in 1945, resulting in massive loss of life. He was the only commanding officer of a warship in the history of the U.S. Navy court-martialed for negligence resulting in the loss of his ship during wartime. After years of mental health problems, he committed suicide. Following years of efforts by some survivors and others to clear his name, Captain McVay was posthumously exonerated by the US Congress in 2001.

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Alender C. Liggett

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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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