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"When the kamikaze start coming … that's when it starts getting real tense."

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   Edward Wadington
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Edward Wadington, age 19 [1943]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Navy
Unit: USS Missouri
Service Location: Pacific Theater
Rank: Storekeeper Third Class
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Edward Wadington served aboard the U.S.S Missouri from its first year of service until shortly after the end of the war. In addition to his description of a kamikaze attack that struck his gun turret, an incident now memorialized in a famous photograph, he provides a fascinating first-person account of the surrender ceremony aboard the Missouri on September 2, 1945.

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  Photos
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 Official Documents
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 Personal Correspondence
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 Official Documents (5 items)
Plan of the Day [Saturday June 10, 1944] Plan of the Day [Sunday September 2, 1945] Missouri News Flashes [August 28, 1945]
Card certifying Ed Wadington present at surrender of Japanese [September 2, 1945] State of Illinois Service Recognition Certificate 
  
 Personal Correspondence (3 items)
Letter to "Folks" [May 10, 1945] Letter to "Folks" [August 17, 1945] Newsclipping, "Ed Wadington Tells of Jap Surrender Aboard Missouri" [September 4, 1945]
  
 Other Materials (5 items)
Card depicting the launch of the U.S.S. Missouri, January 29, 1944 Card depicting the commissioning of the Battleship Missouri BB-63 [June 11, 1944] Happy Hour Program [September 18, 1945]
The Missourian [March 21, 1946] Turkish postage stamps 
  
 
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