Provenance of Items

The following service records show my grandfather, Frank P Orban’s entry into World War 2 and promotions throughout the War.  He served on the USS New Jersey, USS Lousiville, USS Missouri, and USS South Dakota as one of Admiral Haley’s enlisted staff.  He was Admiral Halsey’s Coxswain (personal Admiral Gig’s Driver) as well as one of the flagmen onboard the ship. Here are 75+ US Navy Service Records showing his service and battles during World War 2 that he participated in on board the USS New Jersey, USS Lousiville, USS Missouri, and USS South Dakota.


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USS Missouri September 1945 Log Book

Enclosed is the official Log Book of the USS Missouri from 1945.  These files were compiled and made into a pdf document. The files came from the National Archives Catalog.  The reason why this pdf file was created was to provide further provenance of the items  displayed on this site.

Namely, on page 27-31, you will see how my grandfather, Coxswain Frank Orban; assigned to Admiral Halsey’s personal staff followed Admiral Halsey to the USS South Dakota on September 5, 1945 after serving on the USS Missouri for the Surrender Ceremony.  Furthermore, my grandfather, Coxswain Frank Orban was on the USS Louisville and was transferred to the USS Missouri in May, 1945 for the Surrender Ceremony scheduled on September 2, 1945 following Admiral Halsey. You can reference sub-header  8-12 on the following documents. 

Click Below to View Log Book of USS Missouri, September, 1945:

USS Missouri Log Book September 1945


USS Missouri Surrender Photos

The following USS Missouri Surrender Photos are original black and white photos taken on board the USS Missouri during the Surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. These photos belong to my family.  When we took the photos to be displayed on the USS Missouri (2013); curator Mike Weidenbach stated, "I've never seen these pictures taken from these angles before."


Mamoru Shigemitsu General Yoshijiro& Umezu

This is an original black and white photo of Mamoru Shigemitsu (black suite and tall hat) and Yoshijiro Umezu (Japanese Officer's Uniform). This is a picture of the original photo from September 2, 1945. We are the owners of this original photo.


Mamoru Shigemitsu Signing Peace Treaty

Mamoru Shigemitsu Signing Peace Treaty.  This is an original black and white photo from the Peace Treaty Signing. What is unique about this photo is the angle in which it was taken.  We are the original owners of this photo.


Mamoru Shigemitsu Surrender Ceremony

This is another picture of Mamoru Shigemitsu Signing Peace Treaty from afar. This is a photo of the original photo owned by the owners of this website. In the picture includes General MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz. Once again, this photo is taken at an agle not many have seen before.


Delegates World War 2 Surrender

This original black and white photo on board the USS Missouri September 2, 1945 shows a unique angle and perspective of the Surrender Ceremony.  We are the original owners of this photo. 


Surrender Ceremony

This original photo is not blury.  I used a digital camera to take a photo of the original photo and that photo became blury.  I will try to take a new picture to make it clearer.  In any case, this is General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz, and Admiral Halsey walking to positions for the Surrender Ceremony on board the USS Missouri September 2, 1945.


Admiral Nimitz

This is an original photo of Admiral Chester Nimitz signing the Peace Treaty to end the War with Japan.


General Hsu Yung-chang


This is an original photo of General Hsu Yung-Chang signing the Peace Treaty on the USS Missouri.


Japanese Delegation

This is an original black and white photo of the Japanese Delegation ready to sign the Peace Treaty to end World War 2, September 2, 1945.

Admiral Halsey’s 4 Star Admiral Flag

Admiral Haley’s 4 Star Admiral Flag

The following pictures show Admiral Halsey’s 4 Star Flag in detail which was his personal flag during the Peace Treaty Signing for World War II on September 2, 1945.  The flag was present during the Peace Treaty Signing to end World War II.  Coxswain Frank Orban, my grandfather was on Admiral Halsey’s Personal Staff and followed Admiral Halsey from the USS Louisville and USS New Jersey which went to port on May, 1945 to the USS Missouri and finally the USS South Dakota.  

April 10, 1945, Louisville delivered Admiral Halsey’s 50 officers and 100 staff to the battleship Missouri at Guam. My grandfather, Frank Orban was 1 of the 100 enlisted staff to accompany Halsey onto the USS Missouri from the USS Louisville. On September 5, 1945,  my grandfather was transferred again 3 days after the Surrender Ceremony to the USS South Dakota following Admiral Halsey home to the United States into San Francisco, CA.

USS Missouri Flagmen Transfer from USS Louisville

Frank Orban Transfer from USS Lousiville

Here is a video showing the above flag on Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig. The video is the only one known of Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig. You will see the original video un-altered and and edited video slowed down and lightened up.

On September 5, 1945, 3 days after the Surrender Ceremony, my grandfather, Coxswain Frank Orban was transferred again to the USS South Dakota following Admiral Halsey to his new flagship the USS South Dakota. The USS South Dakota made it’s way home to the United States and into San Francisco Bay. 

Here is a video clearly showing Admiral Halsey saying goodbye on the USS South Dakota and leaving on his Admiral’s Gig, which my grandfather Frank Orban was the driver. He is the short guy above the #7 on the Admiral’s Gig.  Please watch video to end to see the above flag featured on Admiral Halsey’s Admirals Gig (downloaded from :

Here is another video showing Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig:

Unedited Video of Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig:

Edited Video of Admiral Halsey’s Admiral Gig Slowed Down and Lightened Up.

Welcome to World War 2 Surrender

Japanese Surrenders

All documents, pictures, and World War II Japan Surrender Memorabilia including Admiral Halsey's 4 Star Flag are owned by my family.

The collection is currently on display on board the USS Missouri Memorial Museum!

The purpose of this site is to display my grandfather's World War II Japanese Surrender Memorabilia. The Japanese Surrender Ceremony aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945 was one of the most pinnacle moments in World History. My grandfather, Frank Orban, was the flag man aboard the USS Missouri and on Admiral Halsey's staff.  Frank Orban is listed under the World War II memorial database.

Some of the memorabilia I have showcased includes Admiral Halsey's 4 Star Admiral Flag, which lead Admiral Halsey to the Surrender Ceremony when the Japanese signed the surrender documents, original copies of the Japanese Surrender Ceremony on Board the USS Missouri, original photos taken on board the USS Missouri, and other significant items linked to the Japanese Surrender Ceremony.

My family owns over a hundred original pictures and original documents pertaining to the Surrender of Japan.  I will be posting the documents and pictures over time.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the World War II Surrender items I have.

USS Missouri News Flash Japan Surrenders

Japan Surrenders

Extra Japan Surrenders:

This document is extremely rare.  The only other original copy known to exist is on the USS Missouri in the museum. This document is dated August 15, 1945. 

Japan Surrenders

The USS Missouri News Flash


15 August 1945.

                                               On August 14th, 1945 President Truman announced to the people of the world that Japan had surrendered unconditionally.

                                               The announcement was made simultaneously in Washington, Moscow, London, and Chungking.

                                               The Text of the President statement is as follows:

                                               “I have received this afternoon a message from the Japanese Government in reply to the message forwarded to that Government by the Secretary of State on August 11, 1945.

                                               “I deem this reply an acceptance  of the Potsdam Declaration which specified the Unconditional Surrender of Japan.

                                               “Arrangements are now being made for the formal signing of the Treaty at the earliest possible moment.

                                               “General Douglas MacArthur has been appointed the Supreme Allied Commander to receive the Japanese Surrender.

                                               “Great Britain, Russia and China will be represented by high ranking officers.

                                               “Meantime the Allied Armed Forces must wait upon the formal signing of the surrender terms by Japan”.

                                                President Truman made this his formal announcement to a huge crowd of reporters who had been virtually living in the White House for days in anticpation of just such development.

                                                Japan’s message was delivered to Secretary of State Paynes by the Swiss Minister in the State Department office. Secretary Byrnes immediately left his office and walked to the Executive Office at the White House.

                                                Later President Truman dispatched through Secretary of State Byrnes an order for the Japanese Government to halt the war on all fronts.


                                                “All hands of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard may take satisfaction in the conclusion of the war against Japan- and pride in the part played by them in accomplishing that result.

                                                 The demoblization of the Armed Forces of the United States and the return to conditions of peace will create problems taxing pride and control almost as great as the tensions of war.  I ask that the discipline which has served so well to bring this democracy through hours of great crisis be maintained to the end that nothing shall mar the record of accomplishments…”