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The Hendersonville Veteran Who Witnessed The Formal End Of WWII


Last updated 7/25/2018 at 4:20pm

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Robert Sutherland holds the photo of the Japanese surrender in which he is pictured.

Robert Sutherland was present for the Japanese surrender on board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. Sutherland is pictured in the photo of the event, which he discovered hanging in Brevard's WNC Military History Museum on a visit July 19.

Early Sunday morning on Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the new 45,000-ton battleship U.S.S. Missouri and before representatives of nine Allied nations, the Japanese Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed The Instrument of Surrender to end the war in the Pacific. Sutherland stood in row two on the left side as the document was signed.

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