USS Missouri, 1945 Tokyo Bay, Knowing How to Win - Veterans' Tales
(No attribution, but if you want to challenge the story, feel free.) Why did the US choose a US Navy Iowa-class battleship as the location for Japan’s surrender in World War 2 even though they were in Tokyo Bay and could have used a building on land? Pure symbolism. Nothing says “you’re utterly defeated” than having to board the enemy’s massive battleship in the waters of your own capital city. A naval vessel is considered sovereign territory for the purposes of accepting a surrender. You ...
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