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Washington DC, on August 14, 1945, President Truman announced Japan’s acceptance of the terms from the Potsdam Declaration, agreeing to an unconditional surrender and the United States celebrated.
World War II was officially over. President Truman declared the official day of celebration would be September 2, when the Japanese signed the ‘Instrument of Surrender’ aboard the USS Missouri, docked in Tokyo Bay. This day would become known as ‘Victory Over Japan’ Day or V-J Day. The United States would see over 400,000 American service members killed and a total loss of life world-wide estimated between 60-80 million. Millions more were injured.”