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First Division Marines on Okinawa gather around Corporal John Dulin as he wields a Japanese samurai sword to cut a VJ cake that he baked for the celebration. That isn’t sugar cake though, the icing is made of starch.

First Division Marines on Okinawa gather around Corporal John Dulin as he wields a Japanese samurai sword to cut a VJ cake that he baked for the celebration. That isn’t sugar cake though, the icing is made of starch.

Source / December 25, 2013 / 165

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/ September 02, 2013 / 41

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Personnel at Naval Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina, celebrate the news of Japan’s surrender.

Personnel at Naval Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina, celebrate the news of Japan’s surrender.

Source / September 02, 2013 / 35

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A Japanese POW breaking down into tears on Guam after hearing the radio announcement of the unconditional surrender of the Empire, 2 September 1945

A Japanese POW breaking down into tears on Guam after hearing the radio announcement of the unconditional surrender of the Empire, 2 September 1945

/ September 02, 2013 / 328

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US sailors stationed at Pearl Harbor reacting to the official signing of the surrender by the Japanese, 2 September 1945

US sailors stationed at Pearl Harbor reacting to the official signing of the surrender by the Japanese, 2 September 1945

/ September 02, 2013 / 171

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US sailors kissing their girls after hearing the news of Japan accepting terms, 15 August 1945

US sailors kissing their girls after hearing the news of Japan accepting terms, 15 August 1945

Source / September 02, 2013 / 125

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Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies no longer rain death — the seas bear only commerce, and men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight. The entire world is quietly at peace. The holy mission has been completed. And in reporting this to you, the people, I speak for the thousands of silent lips, forever stilled among the jungles and the beaches and in the deep waters of the Pacific which marked the way. I speak for the unnamed brave millions homeward bound to take up the challenge of that future which they did so much to salvage from the brink of disaster.

As I look back on the long, tortuous trail from those grim days of Bataan and Corregidor, when an entire world lived in fear, when democracy was on the defensive everywhere, when modern civilization trembled in the balance, I thank a merciful God that he has given us the faith, the courage and the power from which to mold victory. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.

— An excerpt of General MacArthur’s radio address, 2 September 1945

September 02, 2013, 12:00pm / 40

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