As the U.S. occupation begins in Japan, the first jeep from Atsugi Airbase encounters defeated Japanese soldiers on its way to Yokohama

At dawn on August 29, 1945, the American occupation of the Japanese home islands began. Eight hours after the first troops from the 11th Airborne Division had secured the airstrip on Atsugi, the Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, arrived.
Japanese soldiers guarded the route to the city of Yokohama, the location where U.S. headquarters would be set up. Just as they had often done in the presence of the emperor, the guards turned their backs to the conquering American troops as they drove by in a gesture of utmost respect.
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Mydans, Carl
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paper (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
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Nihon: Kanto, Atsugi
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Carl Mydans
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Carl Mydans
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Mydans, Carl. Carl Mydans, Photojournalist

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