John C. Duckworth papers
Scope and Contents note
This collection consists of signed copies of the 35th Japanese Army's declaration of surrender to US Army forces in the southern Philippines at the end of World War II. One copy is in English and the other is in Japanese characters. There is also a photograph of the actual signing, showing Brigadier General Joseph C. Hutchinsin, Assistant Division Commander and Acting Commanding Gerenal 31st Infantry Division, Brigadier General THomas F. Hickey, Commanding General 31st Division Artillery, Col. John C. Duckworth, Chief of Staff 31st Infantry Division, Technical Sergeant Yoshita Shibata (Jerry), 179th Language Detachment - Interpreter, and Lieutenant General Gyosaku Morozumi, Commanding General 35th Japanese Army.
- 1945 September 8
- Duckworth, John C. (Person)
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John C. Duckworth (who evidently donated these documents to the Special Collections) was a staff officer in a US Army unit operating in the southen Philippines at the end of World War II. Upon learning of the Japanese government's capitulation, the commanding general of the 35th Japanese Army asked to surrender to Duckworth's unit. Duckworth's commanding officer insisted on a formal surrender. Duckworth therefore had a staff member who was an attorney in civilian life draw up surrender documents in English and Japanese, of which several copies were made and signed, including one kept by Duckworth himself. These are his copies.
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Signed copies of the 35th Japanese Army's declaration of surrender to US Amry forces in the southern Philippines at the end of World War II.
Gift of John C. Duckworth, 1996
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