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DeCarlo recalls Japanese surrender 75 years ago


September 2, 2020

Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

TOM DECARLO, of Ironwood, holds a picture of the USS Thetis Bay and part of its crew, above. Born and raised in Hurley, DeCarlo served aboard the ship during World War II and witnessed history from it when it was nearby the USS Missouri in Toyko Bay during the Japanese surrender ceremony that formally ended the war.


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IRONWOOD - Seventy-five years ago today, representatives from the Japanese government signed surrender documents, formally ending World War II. Hurley native Tom DeCarlo had a front-row seat to this moment in history.

DeCarlo served aboard the USS Thetis Bay, which was anchored close to the USS Missouri where the surrender ceremony was held.

DeCarlo recalls leaving the ship's engine room on the way to eat and seeing the Missouri in Toyko Bay.

"I could have thrown a football on it," he said.

Arriving in Toyko Bay two days before the ceremony, De...

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