93rd Infantry Division News Article
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This was transcribed as it appeared in the Daily Pacifican Sept 3, 1946 -
JAP SURRENDER NETS 41,000 FOR 93RD DIVISION
GHQ, AFPCA (AP) – The Negro U.S.93rd division secured the surrender of 41,000 Japanese troops and civilians on Morotai and Halmahera islands of the Netherlands Indies last week, headquarters has announced.
Included were 37,000 troops, of whom 5,000 were in a naval force and 4,000 were civilians. The surrender was accepted on Morotai by Major General Harry H. Johnson, divisional commander. All division enlisted personnel are Negroes, as are many of the unit officers.
Lt. General Ishii surrendered the Japanese Army forces after a PT boat rendezvous off Morotai.
After the signing. Ishii asked Johnson if he and his officers would be allowed to retain their swords. Johnson refused and afterwards commented, “Never again will the Japs have the means, the Army or the inclination to be an aggressor nation. We cannot allow these people to keep any semblance of military might.”