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The End of Hostilities

[War Over, Manilla, Philippines]
Staff Sergeant Charles Rosario Restifo
(1917-1995),
161st Photographic Company
[War Over, Manilla, Philippines],
August 10, 1945
Digital print
Veterans History Project
Donated by Beatrice L. Restifo, March 18, 2003 (67.8a)

Professional photographer Charles Rosario Restifo spent the war photographing the intense action in the Pacific Theater. After the atomic bomb attacks in Japan, he snapped a photo of jubilant Filipinos with newspapers trumpeting the end of hostilities. Restifo also had the privilege of photographing the controversial General Douglas MacArthur, who is seen here seated at the signing of the Japanese surrender. These photos by Sergeant Restifo and others are accessible on the Veterans History Project website (www.loc.gov/vets).

[Japanese surrender]
[Japanese surrender],
September 2, 1945
Gelatin silver print
Veterans History Project
Donated by Beatrice L. Restifo, March 18, 2003 (67.8b)

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