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May 24, 2014

What happened to the original table on which the instrument of surrender was signed?

Paul Miskiewicz

June 17, 2012

I stumbled upon your website this evening.  I was a crew member on the Missouri from 90 - 92.  The photo's from Amory Houghton's collection were great.  I shared the same GQ station as him, but 40 years later.  Great photos and superb reminder of the best part of my service.

Kind regards,
Steve Woodcock

Feb. 23, 2010

I opened these Kamikaze photos so as to remember those days of long ago and it seems a little dreamy or ghostly and it should be said that I was in anti aircraft gunnery on quad 14 and one of my shipmates who lives in Connecticut was on the gun pictured here that was struck by the Kamikaze and I can put you in touch with him if you like as I communicate with him because I just located him with my computer a few years ago and was pleased to find that he is still alive and healthy. I think that his story should be saved and added to what there is on the table for historical reasons.

Leonard "Lenny" Brodt
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
(WW2 USS Missouri Quad 14 11th division second watch)

May 10, 2008

My grandfather, Stuart S. Murray, was the captain of the USS Missouri at the time of the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. He had some great photographs of the event and some great shots of the Missouri at Navy Day in NYC in October 1945. Sadly, in 1980, in my grandfather's final days, someone stole his photo albums from his assisted living home in Washington D.C., and the treasures were gone forever.

I have been using the internet to try and rebuild a photo album for my father, Stuart G. Murray, and have found your terrific site. As the captain of the Missouri, my grandfather was the official host of the surrender ceremony, but was outranked by about 100 or more officers onboard for the surrender. He played no part in the actual signing ceremony, but met every dignitary as they came aboard the Missouri.

In the photo I am attaching, which is from your website, he is the tall officer between the two guys with binoculars hanging from their necks. (see Japanese Surrender Page 1)My grandfather was six foot six and is identifiable by his height and his proximity to the gangway where Nimitz, MacArthur, the Japanese delegation, and all other officials came on deck. I am convinced there are 100s of photographs of him that day that were taken when the dignitaries came and left the Missouri.

Do you have any idea how to go about locating some of the images shot that day that might zero in on my grandfather. Whoever shot this photo would have taken several rolls from the same spot. Do you know the photographer? And how can we get a fine print of this image from you? Thanks for any help. If we can find a few shots it would mean so much to my father, who was the only son of Captain Murray. His father was his hero.

Thanks again,
John Murray
Morris, Connecticut
Reply 1
Mar. 12, 2010

I noted on your message board a message by John Murray of Morris, CT, written May 10, 2008. I would like to get in touch with John Murray. I am working on Murray genealogy and know that he is one of my relatives.  Could you please ask him to get in touch with me. Tell him that I am Burbank Murray's daughter, Mary Alice.  Stuart Shadrick Murray and my grandfather, William H. Murray were brothers. I am looking for family tree information from him. I would appreciate any help you can give me to get in touch with him.

Thank you,
Mary Murray Winn

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