SURRENDER Formalities completed aboard the USS Missouri
2 September 1945. In front of a large group of Allied dignitaries and other officials, the Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed on the deck of the USSMissouriin Tokyo Bay. On display at the ceremony is the U.S. flag flown by Commodore Perry in 1853, when his fleet entered Tokyo Bay to force Japan to open its ports to the outside world. The ceremony is broadcast around the world. Later that day, the first major contingents of U.S. occupation troops begin disembarking.