The U.S. Army in Post World War II Japan

By army.milAugust 1, 2007

Cpl. John E. McCarron tries to talk to Japanese children on a street in Tokyo, Japan, as they play in a large puddle of water caused by heavy rains.
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Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division arrive to occupy Yokahama, Japan. (September 2, 1945)
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Namoro Shigomitso signs on behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Imperial government during the surrender ceremony on the U.S.S. Missouri.  Lt. Gen. Richard Sutherland, U.S. Army Chief of Staff - Southwest Pacific Area, stands at the table. (September 2, 1945)
3 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Namoro Shigomitso signs on behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Imperial government during the surrender ceremony on the U.S.S. Missouri. Lt. Gen. Richard Sutherland, U.S. Army Chief of Staff - Southwest Pacific Area, stands at the table. (September 2, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
Gen. Douglas MacArthur signs the Instrument of Peace as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers during the Japanese surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.  Behind General MacArthur are Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (left) and Lt. Gen. A.E. Percival, British Commander of Singapore. (September 2, 1945)
4 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Douglas MacArthur signs the Instrument of Peace as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers during the Japanese surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. Behind General MacArthur are Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (left) and Lt. Gen. A.E. Percival, British Commander of Singapore. (September 2, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
The delegation representing the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Imperial government arrive aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay to participate in surrender ceremony. (September 2, 1945)
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The first American jeep in Tokyo is the center of attraction to a crowd of Japanese civilians.  The vehicle was landed by the 11th Airborne Division. (August 30, 1945)
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Gen. Douglas MacArthur is seen at his headquarters in the New Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan, shortly after the arrival of Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (right) and Lt. Gen. A.E. Percival (left), British Commander at Singapore. (August 31, 1945)
7 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Gen. Douglas MacArthur is seen at his headquarters in the New Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan, shortly after the arrival of Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (right) and Lt. Gen. A.E. Percival (left), British Commander at Singapore. (August 31, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
General Douglas MacArthur (center), accompanied by Lt. Gen. Richard Sutherland, Chief of Staff (left) and Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger, Commanding General of the U.S. Eighth Army, stands amidst a crowd shortly after landing at Atsugi Airfield near Tokyo. (August 30, 1945)
8 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – General Douglas MacArthur (center), accompanied by Lt. Gen. Richard Sutherland, Chief of Staff (left) and Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger, Commanding General of the U.S. Eighth Army, stands amidst a crowd shortly after landing at Atsugi Airfield near Tokyo. (August 30, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
General Douglas MacArthur leaves his plane to step onto Japanese soil at Atsugi Airport, Japan. (8/28/45)
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Air view of Camp Wood, home of the 21st Infantry near Kumamoto.  Newly constructed homes for dependents can be see in the left background. (1947)
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Soldiers attending chapel in Kyushu. (1947)
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Infantrymen of the 24th Infantry Division sailing, a popular pastime within the Division's units. (1947)
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A pile of letters from the Japanese people to General MacArthur. (1948)
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A Japanese letter and its summarization:
"The Writer requests that General MacArthur do his utmost to bring everlasting peace to the world... The writer states that she would like to live in a world where military equipment will be unnecessary, and the money for the preparation of war used for the advancement of civilization." (1948)
14 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Japanese letter and its summarization: "The Writer requests that General MacArthur do his utmost to bring everlasting peace to the world... The writer states that she would like to live in a world where military equipment will be unnecessary, and the money for the preparation of war used for the advancement of civilization." (1948) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
Military personnel supervise the loading of narcotics by Japanese laborers.  The narcotics - unfit for medical purposes - will be burned to prevent their misuse. (1949)
15 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military personnel supervise the loading of narcotics by Japanese laborers. The narcotics - unfit for medical purposes - will be burned to prevent their misuse. (1949) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
Standing next to an abandoned Japanese ambulance, these three Army nurses served in the first American hospital established in the Tokyo area after the war.  Seen (left to right) are Second Lieutenants Norma Gabs, Klayta Chaplin, Jennabelle Harding and Doris Turner. (September 2, 1945)
16 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Standing next to an abandoned Japanese ambulance, these three Army nurses served in the first American hospital established in the Tokyo area after the war. Seen (left to right) are Second Lieutenants Norma Gabs, Klayta Chaplin, Jennabelle Harding and Doris Turner. (September 2, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
Japanese store in a burned out building in the Tokyo shopping district, where Japanese civilians make use of available space to carry on their business. (September 2, 1945)
17 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Japanese store in a burned out building in the Tokyo shopping district, where Japanese civilians make use of available space to carry on their business. (September 2, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
Japanese-American Nisei Soldiers, having just arrived in Tokyo, are briefed by Lt. Col. Chet Wadsworth, Deputy Civil Censorship Officer (center) with whom they will serve at General Headquarters.
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Japanese children crowd around a U.S. Soldier atop of a jeep, as he hands out candy.
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Japanese American Soldier Walter Kajiwara (left) directs Japanese soldiers at work at the 98th Division headquarters at Taisho Airport, Osaka, Japan. (October 2, 1945)
20 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Japanese American Soldier Walter Kajiwara (left) directs Japanese soldiers at work at the 98th Division headquarters at Taisho Airport, Osaka, Japan. (October 2, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
Over the ruin of his home, a Japanese man in Tokyo tends to his flourishing garden. (October 1, 1945)
21 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Over the ruin of his home, a Japanese man in Tokyo tends to his flourishing garden. (October 1, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
A view of firebombed Yokohama, Japan where a few steel and concrete structures still stand.
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Japanese civilians in Nagasaki, Japan, prepare lumber for rebuilding their home, destroyed by the blast of the atomic bomb.  This area was about a half of a mile from the center of the blast. (September 29, 1945)
23 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Japanese civilians in Nagasaki, Japan, prepare lumber for rebuilding their home, destroyed by the blast of the atomic bomb. This area was about a half of a mile from the center of the blast. (September 29, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL
The grave of a member of an American B-29 crew that crashed near Hara Machida, Honshu, Japan.  Villagers that had come upon the wreckage, buried the Soldier's body near a temple.
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A Japanese civilian watches from a distance as the 130th Infantry, 33rd Division make an amphibious landing at Wakayama, Japan. (September 25, 1945)
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Japanese ammunition being dumped into the sea. (September 21, 1945)
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Japanese men removing ammunition from the Hiratsuka Naval Powder Factory at Hiratsuka, Japan.
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Japanese 199kg and 50kg aerial bombs, as they were found, laid out in a school yard in Chichibu, Honshu, Japan. (September 20, 1945)
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M.P. Pfc. Louis Leindecker of the American Division of Pittsburgh, directing traffic in Hachioj, Japan with the aid of Japanese police. (September 15, 1945)
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The same flag that flew over the White House at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is raised over the American Embassy in Tokyo by Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry Division suring a ceremony marking the official U.S. occupation of Tokyo. (September 9, 1945)
30 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The same flag that flew over the White House at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is raised over the American Embassy in Tokyo by Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry Division suring a ceremony marking the official U.S. occupation of Tokyo. (September 9, 1945) (Photo Credit: army.mil) VIEW ORIGINAL