“On this day in history” Japanese soldiers finally surrender, 1951.

“On this day in history” 30 June 1951, a group of stranded Japanese soldiers who refuse to believe World War II ended in 1945, surrender to Lt. Cmdr. James B. Johnson, USS Cocopa (ATF 101) on Anatahan Island in the northern Marianas.

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Japanese assemble on the beach at Anatahan Island under a white flag.

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USS Cocopa dispatches landing party.

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Approaching the island.

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The formal surrender.

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Handing over weapons.

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Returning to USS Cocopa with the Japanese.

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Surrendered Japanese soldiers aboard USS Cocopa.

 

 

 

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