USS Portland

"Sweet Pea"

2 September 1945
Surrender of Truk Atoll

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LtG Mugikura  Japanese Lieutenant General Shunzaburo Mugikura, Commanding General, 31st Army comes aboard the Portland to attend ceremonies surrendering the base at Truk, Caroline Islands.
Japanese delegation

 Japanese delegation aboard the Portland. In front row are, left to right:

  • Lieutenant A. M. Soden, USNR, interpreter
  • Lieutenant F. Tofalo, USN, Officer of the Deck
  • Lieutenant General Shunzaburo Mugikura, Commanding General, 31st Army
  • Vice Admiral Chuichi Hara, Commander, 4th Fleet
  • Rear Admiral Aritaka Aihara, head of the Eastern Branch of the South Seas Government
  • Lieutenant Kenzo Yoshida, Aide to Lieutenant General Mugikura [carrying bundle]

 Standing behind are, left to right:

  • Rear Admiral Michio Sumikawa, Chief of Staff, 4th Fleet
  • Colonel Waichi Tajima, Chief of Staff, 31st Army
  • Lieutenant Ryokichi Morioka, Aide to Vice Admiral Hara [carrying briefcase]
Japanese delegation

 Japanese delegation in formation on well deck of the Portland. In front row are, left to right:

  • Vice Admiral Chuichi Hara, Commander, 4th Fleet
  • Lieutenant General Shunzaburo Mugikura, Commanding General, 31st Army
  • Rear Admiral Aritaka Aihara, head of the Eastern Branch of the South Seas Government

 In next row are, left to right:

  • Rear Admiral Michio Sumikawa, Chief of Staff, 4th Fleet
  • Colonel Waichi Tajima, Chief of Staff, 31st Army
  • Lieutenant Ryokichi Morioka, Aide to Vice Admiral Hara
  • Lieutenant Kenzo Yoshida, Aide to Lieutenant General Mugikura
Japanese senior delegation

 Japanese delegation's senior members in the Portland's wardroom. In front row, from left to right are:

  • Vice Admiral Chuichi Hara, Commander, 4th Fleet
  • Lieutenant General Shunzaburo Mugikura, Commanding General, 31st Army
  • Rear Admiral Aritaka Aihara, head of the Eastern Branch of the South Seas Government

 In rear are, left to right:

  • Rear Admiral Aritaka Aihara, head of the Eastern Branch of the South Seas Government
  • Colonel Waichi Tajima, Chief of Staff, 31st Army
Surrender document

 Aboard the Portland, Vice Admiral Chuichi Hara, Commander, 4th Fleet, signs the document surrendering the base at Truk, Caroline Islands.
 US Navy officer around the table are, left to right:

  • Lieutenant S.E. Thompson, USNR, Flag Lieutenant
  • Captain O.F. Naquin, USN, Acting Chief of Staff
  • Vice Admiral George D. Murray, USN, Commander, Marianas (seated), accepting the Japanese surrender on behalf of the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas
  • Captain D.N. Cone, USN, representing Commander, Marshalls and Gliberts
  • Captain L.A. Thackery, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Portland
  • Lieutenant L.L. Thompson, USN, Flag Secretary
  • Lieutenant A. M. Soden, USNR, interpreter

All photos are from the Department of the Navy - Naval Historical Center