64th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) – 02 September 1945Waring Hills Sep 02, 2009
As the sun came up on 02 September 1945, the USS Yorktown was steaming 30 miles east of Sagami Wan. The formal surrender ceremony was scheduled later in the morning on the USS Missouri. The ceremony began at 0930 and lasted one hour. The proceedings were transmitted to all ships and the crews listened via the bullhorns.
Air Group 88 launched most of her aircraft to join the 1000 warbird overflight at the end of the formal surrender ceremony held onboard the USS Missouri.
Late in the afternoon, CV-10 moved to within 16 miles of the Japanese coastline. A “Victory Dinner” of turkey and trimmings was served and a “Victory Program” ended the day. Engineer George Crawford announced that USS Yorktown had steamed 226,878 miles since her commissioning on 15 April 1943. Below are copies of the original cover of the 1945 Victory program along with the inside menu and program events.