Japanese RAdm Shigematsu Sakaibara signing the surrender of Wake Island to US Marine BGen Lawson Sanderson aboard USS Levy, 4 Sep 1945. Care was made to ensure the Japanese surrendered Wake to the Marines.

Caption   Japanese RAdm Shigematsu Sakaibara signing the surrender of Wake Island to US Marine BGen Lawson Sanderson aboard USS Levy, 4 Sep 1945. Care was made to ensure the Japanese surrendered Wake to the Marines. ww2dbase
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Identification Code   133087
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Added Date 18 Aug 2017

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
25 Jun 2017 11:35:17 AM

Left to right, sitting at table: Japanese Army Colonel Shigeharu Chikamori, Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara (signing), Japanese Paymaster Lieutenant P Hisao Napasato, Marine Brigadier General Lawson HM Sanderson who accepted the surrender in the name of Rear Admiral WK Harrill (not present), Army Sergeant Larry Watanabe of Honolulu, official interpreter at the surrender, and Colonel TJ Walker Jr, Sanderson's Chief of Staff. Standing, center back holding pipe, is Colonel Walter LJ Baylor. Note the Naval officer seen over Gen Sandersonís left shoulder wearing a belt style floatation device. These were not nearly as effective as the vest style but far more comfortable to wear while aboard ship. Many men (usually officers) wore these at all times they were aboard ship. Often these were men who could not swim.

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