Photos of historic WWII surrender, never published, found
The images show the surrender from a different angle and candid moments before and after the historic event. Some, taken at deck level, reveal closeups of grim-faced Japanese military and government officials. Others show sailors "at ease" just before the official ceremony. One shows a Russian officer smiling broadly.
John Sidney Sampson, 62, said he found the photos in a sealed manila envelope in San Diego, while helping clean the attic of a home owned by a family friend, Margaret McCain LaGrange. She is the niece of Admiral John Sidney McCain Sr., who was present at the surrender and was the grandfather of Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.). Sampson said LaGrange gave him the photos because his own father, Navy Capt. William Sampson, had served as an aide to the senior McCain.
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