Sep 5

Japanese Surrender of WWII

Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:01 AM

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A head shot of Captain Roland William Faulk, USN (Ret.)

Captain Roland William Faulk, USN (Ret.)

 

In the late 1930s, as World War II approached, Captain Roland William Faulk was serving at the Cavite Navy Yard in the Philippines on board the battleship Idaho (BB-42). He would go on to serve in the battleship Missouri (BB-63) at the end of the war and the immediate postwar period; as chaplain at the Recruit Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland; as fleet chaplain for the Pacific Fleet; and at the Eleventh Naval District. Faulk’s recollections of service during World War II are important because of his observations concerning Rear Admiral Robert Workman, wartime Chief of Chaplains, and because of Faulk’s role in recruiting chaplains through the V-12 program. He has much to say also on collateral duties of chaplains and on the Navy Relief Society.

In this audio selection from his oral history, Captain Faulk serves up a unique, chaplain’s-eye view of the 2 September 1945 Japanese surrender ceremony on board the Missouri, and recites the well-received prayer he composed for the historic occasion.

 

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signing the Japanese surrender treaty on the USS Missouri on 2 September 1945.

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signing the Japanese surrender treaty on the USS Missouri on 2 September 1945.

 

To read more about the Naval Institute Oral History Program, go to https://www.usni.org/press/oral-histories.