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VJ Day in Kodachrome | Hawaii August 14, 1945

Aug 14th, 2010 | Categories: Kodachrome, WWII | by Michael Williams

Comments: 33

33 Comments to “VJ Day in Kodachrome | Hawaii August 14, 1945”

  1. Darren Gore
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 10:24 AM

    No real victors in war, let’s not forget that…

    As well as servicemen, let’s pause for a second to remember the untold number of civilians who lost their lives in the Pacific War.


  2. Shawn
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 10:26 AM

    Statement at the end stays is all. Great post.

  3. unitedstyle
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 11:27 AM


  4. Rebecca
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 12:16 PM

    I’m speechless.

  5. artisanfan
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 12:19 PM

    Thanks for sharing this incredible footage.

  6. Zach
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 12:37 PM


  7. Blake
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 1:07 PM

    Thanks for sharing, incredible footage. We are indebted to them all. God bless America.

  8. vanderleun
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 1:35 PM

    Indeed. That’s what America looks like when it is happy.

  9. ib carraway
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 2:19 PM

    a healthy, happy america. beautiful, but bittersweet, as i couldn’t help but think of the suffering being endured by hiroshima and nagasaki residents at that moment in the aftermath.

  10. J.W. Coffey
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 3:18 PM

    Good work, Michael.

  11. Steve
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 3:45 PM

    Get stoned, listen to Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song” and watch this video over and over again. It’s the best. Thanks ACL

  12. Jay
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 7:25 PM


    Thanks for sharing. I could watch that clip over and over again.



  13. Joseph Wallis
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 8:09 PM

    Wow, we were a badass country back then. I wish we could get that greatness back.

  14. will t
    on Aug 14th, 2010
    @ 10:28 PM

    Great video, very moving. Too bad hald of those people would be arrested and beaten by police if they tried to pull that today.

  15. John Dark
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 12:11 AM

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for another stunning post. I picked this up immediately after a long conversation with my young son who was concerned that parents were so proud of their kids being soldiers when he knew that soldiers killed people. I assured him that soldiers (generally) take no joy in killing, nonetheless, it’s a tough topic. This video, showing the true joy at the war with Japan ending, will be a perfect punctuation to that.

  16. 91Bear
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 12:26 AM

    @ib carraway Be sure and remember American soldiers who worked, starved, suffered and died in Japanese prison camps when you remember the people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  17. Alain Lajugie
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 6:07 AM

    A great post for great people who fought a terrible war in pacific may their memory never forgotten, who ought them part of our today freedom.Sorry for my pidgin american english (I’m french) but after visiting a couple time the Normandy cemetery I do know how much we ought you.
    God bless America.

  18. Michael Mundy
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 10:09 AM

    Great Post. Such a moving piece. Imagine the relief those people felt. Makes you wish you were there to share in their emotion.
    Thanks for the post.

  19. Jay
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 2:56 PM

    “@ib carraway Be sure and remember American soldiers who worked, starved, suffered and died in Japanese prison camps when you remember the people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

    Or the estimated 4 million Chinese that were killed by Japanese starting in the mid-1930′s. Had the Emperor of Japan any sense of duty to the citizens of his country he could have spared the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki their hellish fate by surrendering when he knew pronging the war was futile. But he chose to fight on.

  20. Ralph T
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 6:10 PM

    What a great post, and in Kodachrome, too ;-)

    Rafael T

  21. vintageleatherjackets
    on Aug 15th, 2010
    @ 10:00 PM

    Incredible! What a fantastic post.

  22. Matt
    on Aug 16th, 2010
    @ 10:00 AM

    Simply amazing!

  23. Carl
    on Aug 16th, 2010
    @ 4:08 PM

    The 40″s version of a flash mob!

    Props to Kodak.

  24. usmadgirl
    on Aug 16th, 2010
    @ 7:07 PM

    What a soul-stirring video!

    And to Alain Lajugie, thank you for your comment! There are so few people in the world who appreciate what our great country has sacrificed for all of them & us!

    Your English is much better than my French & I had 3 years of French in school!

    God Bless Our Troops (past & present) & God Bless America!

  25. Phil Wrob
    on Aug 16th, 2010
    @ 11:09 PM

    What a wet blanket you are. All those people are joyful that another two years of killing have been avoided. It makes me smile to see all that happiness. Those who lived are victors (but at tremendous sacrifice). And we are victors, because we are not ruled by a vicious totalitarian regime.

  26. tony
    on Aug 18th, 2010
    @ 9:40 AM

    so awesome i cried.

  27. phil mullen
    on Aug 19th, 2010
    @ 10:59 PM

    yo, darren, lets remember th THOUSANDS of civilians th japanese slaughtered, then reread our history. ummm, actually, we kicked their ass = bad!!

  28. Bernard
    on Aug 20th, 2010
    @ 9:47 PM

    It’s sad and alarming to be reminded how unified we were as a nation back then, and then contrast those common national values with the cesspool our corrupt government leaders have created today. We have become a divided nation, and a nation divided against itself will fall.

  29. Andy
    on Aug 24th, 2010
    @ 2:04 PM

    Just great. It makes me happy and sad to see it.

  30. Chris Guerrero
    on Aug 24th, 2010
    @ 10:56 PM

    Mr. Sullivan,
    1945 seemed so distant in the black and white reels most of us usually see. We feel a bit detached in a “that wasn’t us” kind of way. In Kodachrome, that all changes.
    Watching your video, I felt like I was watching a recent home video. It really bridged the gap of 65 whole years. Hearing cars and people just off-camera, I felt like I was there. celebrating. We were all celebrating. Victory!!! We won!! The war’s over!!!!
    It didn’t feel like an “era” then. It felt like a day. Just a really GREAT day!!!! Going outside and …hey look at those guys over there.
    Thank you,Mr. Sullivan, thank you….

    ..and thank YOU veterans, who served our country, then and at anytime, for keeping our country a land of the free.

    We will always be indebted to you.

  31. E Hutchinson
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 3:03 PM

    Carraway, before you agonize over the victims at Heroshima & Nagasaki, think of the thousands of American lives it would have cost to assault the mainland of Japan.
    Great video.

  32. Elizabeth Herron
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 3:06 PM

    Michael, Thanks for the “reminder lest we forget.” It was a touching film. I remember that day as people drove through our neighborhood blowing their
    horns and shouting, “The war’s over!”

  33. Audre Z
    on Sep 8th, 2010
    @ 2:45 AM

    Thanks for the memories, I was 10 years old and my brother came home. I
    will always remember – he was a pilot, I remember at 2 in the morning a paper
    boy, yelling “The War is Over” and people running out to get the paper.

    thanks for letting everyone see this.