Japanese representatives arrived at 0856, led by Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu. Then at 0902, General MacArthur conducted the 23 minutes surrender ceremony in which he called for justice, tolerance and rebuilding. Next, General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz were the first to sign the Japanese surrender document; then, the following international delegates signed on behalf of their countries:
The 11 Japanese delegates left at 0930, and World War II was officially over. After the Japanese surrender, the Battleship Missouri was awarded three battle stars for its contributions to WWII.
After WWII, the Battleship Missouri had two tours of duty in the Korean War and fought valiantly in the Gulf Persian War. Today the USS Missouri is a Museum Ship docked at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, and is open to the public 362 days a year. While touring the Battleship Missouri, visitors can stand precisely where Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur signed the Japanese surrender document.