Jubilation and devastation: 75 emotional photos from the end of World War II

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013 11:53 p.m. MDT

Associated Press
The August 1945 surrender of the Japanese in World War II came days after the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and brought six years of bloodshed to a close.

The conclusion of the war — formally announced on August 15 — sparked celebrations across the world, while nations, cities and families began dealing with the task of rebuilding in the war's wake. The surrender was made official weeks later at a ceremony on September 2, 1945.

Here's a look at the jubilation and devastation that accompanied Japan's surrender and the end of what remains the deadliest conflict in human history.
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Saint George, UT

On August 15, 1945 I am a 17 year old U.S. sailor just completing training as a Sonarman in San Diego. The War is over--no longer is there a need to detect foreign submarines. Today I am an 85 yr. old reflecting on the full life I have been privileged to live while millions of young men of my generation never lived to see V.J. day. What a cost to maintain the freedom and liberty we are so blessed to experience today!

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@ Coyoteghost
Thank you for your service, which was just as important as all the others of "the Greatest Generation" who served. By sheer luck of the draw you escaped any emotional or physical scars, for which we are all grateful.

Huntsville, u

Thanks for your service Coyoteghost. Way too many of us don't realise that freedom is not free but comes with a price. It took people like you to secure that freedom for all of us.

May God bless you in your remaining days.

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