In this moving black-and-white image, General Douglas MacArthur is pictured signing the "Instrument of Peace" aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.
Known best as the symbol of the Nazi's final defeat in World War II, the U.S.S. Missouri (also known as the BB-63), was present as the flagship of Task Force 38 against Japanese forces in August 1945. Under the command of Admiral "Bull" Halsey, she provided crucial defense against aerial kamikaze attack until Japan's ultimate military defeat.
Aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2nd 1945, standing on the very decking included in this frame, the Japanese signed their surrender in front of the representatives of all nine Allied nations.
In MacArthur's closing benediction that day he stated:
"Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world, and that God will preserve it always.
These proceedings are closed."
Certificate of Authenticity for WWII teak artifact included.