Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger Attends Japanese Surrender to Allied Forces

September 2, 1945, in Marine Corps history.

Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger Attends Japanese Surrender to Allied Forces
Posted on 9/2/2000

On September 2, 1945, the Japanese Empire officially surrendered to Allied forces on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, officially bringing World War II to an end.

With General Holland Smith having been transferred stateside in July of 1945, Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger, who had succeeded Smith as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, was chosen by Admiral Nimitz as the lone representative from the Marine Corps to attend the surrender ceremony.

The USS Missouri.
(U.S. Navy photo by PHAN Andrew Brown/released).


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