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World War II museums tell how grit, technology won Japanese surrender

World War II museums tell how grit, technology won Japanese surrender

Not many among us are old enough to remember the day World War II ended as the Japanese formally surrendered aboard the USS Missouri 70 years ago. There are fewer still of the soldiers who fought for our freedom. Most World War II vets are in their 90s and, according to Veterans Affairs, one of them dies every three minutes. Therefore, these days, it's left mostly to museums to share the tales of terror and triumph — and of how the Allies, led by the Americans, finally ended the war on V-J (Victory over Japan) Day, Sept. 2, 1945. A fascinating mix of museums stretching from one end of the country to the other explains how sheer grit and new technology ultimately turned the...

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