DeCarlo recalls Japanese surrender 75 years ago
September 2, 2020
By RICHARD JENKINS
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...