5 Oct 1945
  • Yukikaze was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Kuzma Derevyanko reported to Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, Lavrentiy Beria, and Georgy Malenkov on his observations of destroyed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. ww2dbase [Kuzma Derevyanko | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed Subic Bay on orders to investigate reports of floating wreckage 150 miles north of Luzon in the Luzon Strait. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Dutch East Indies
  • The Indonesian Badan Keamanan Rakjat (People's Security Organization) was renamed Tentara Keamanan Rakjat (People's Security Army). Oerip Sumohardjo, a former officer in the Dutch colonial army, was made its new leader. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Republic of Indonesia formed the People's Security Forces (TKR) upon the remnants of the Japanese-established People's Security Council (BKR). TKR, formed in response to growing disorder particularly on Java and Sumatra, would later form the basis of the new nation's military forces. ww2dbase [CPC]
French Indochina
  • General Philippe Leclerc arrived at Tan Son Nhut Airfield in Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina to take command of all French forces in the region. ww2dbase [Philippe Leclerc | Saigon, Cochinchina | CPC]
  • Thomas Dodd interrogated Wilhelm Keitel for several hours in the afternoon in N├╝rnberg, Germany, and the session was observed by Soviet representatives. During this session, Keitel showed scorn for the Soviets, admitted issuing the order to execute captured Soviet commissars, and discussed the torture of Soviet prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Wilhelm Keitel | N├╝rnberg, Franken | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho was removed from the Japanese Navy List. On the same day, she departed Kure, Japan for the Marshall Islands in an effort to repatriot Japanese military servicemen. ww2dbase [Hosho | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) loaded US servicemen passengers at Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Okinawa | DS]
  • Landing ship No. 137 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 144 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Kamikaze was struck from the naval register. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General John Hodge created a 11-member Korean Advisory Council to assist his military government. It included industrialist and newspaper publisher Kim Songsu, who was accused of being a Japanese collaborator; Yo Unhyong, a leftist who would withdraw shortly after; and Cho Mansik, a rightist who would neglect to attend any meetings. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 5 Oct 1945
Harry Truman awarding the Medal of Honor to Major Louis H. Wilson, Jr., USMC on the lawn of the White House, Washington DC, United States, 5 Oct 1945

5 Oct 1945 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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