Surrender, September 2, 1945 by James L. Starnes with Suzanne Simon Dietz

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MWSA Review

Surrender September 2, 1945 draws you back to a time when virtually the entire world was engaged in war.

Starnes shares that time, and his memories with us in a clear time frame of events in his Naval career leading up to the Japanese surrender on the Missouri in Tokyo Bay. From battles at the beginning of the war, in which the vessel he was serving on almost sunk (USS Boise), to being on the deck for the surrender.

This is not researched history, it is first hand inside experience. Starnes shared the deck with such notable historical figures of the war as ; Admiral Nimitz, Gen. MacArthur, and Adm. Halsey.

An easy and quick read worth your time. The USS Missouri sits near the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl harbor. 

Reviewed by: jim greenwald  (2015)

Author's Synopsis

Surrender is the personal story of James L. Starnes during World War II. On September 2, 1945, navigator Starnes served as the Officer of the Deck on the battleship USS Missouri from 0800 to 1200 for the surrender ceremony of Japan to the Allies ending the war.