VJ Day in Kodachrome | Hawaii August 14, 1945

Comments on “VJ Day in Kodachrome | Hawaii August 14, 1945

    Darren Gore on August 14, 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.


    Shawn on August 14, 2010 10:26 AM:

    Statement at the end stays is all. Great post.

    unitedstyle on August 14, 2010 11:27 AM:


    Rebecca on August 14, 2010 12:16 PM:

    I’m speechless.

    artisanfan on August 14, 2010 12:19 PM:

    Thanks for sharing this incredible footage.

    Zach on August 14, 2010 12:37 PM:


    Blake on August 14, 2010 1:07 PM:

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

    vanderleun on August 14, 2010 1:35 PM:

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

    ib carraway on August 14, 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.

    J.W. Coffey on August 14, 2010 3:18 PM:

    Good work, Michael.

    Steve on August 14, 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

    Jay on August 14, 2010 7:25 PM:


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



    Joseph Wallis on August 14, 2010 8:09 PM:

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

    will t on August 14, 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.

    John Dark on August 15, 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.

    91Bear on August 15, 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.

    Alain Lajugie on August 15, 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.

    Michael Mundy on August 15, 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.

    Jay on August 15, 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.

    Ralph T on August 15, 2010 6:10 PM:

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

    Rafael T

    vintageleatherjackets on August 15, 2010 10:00 PM:

    Incredible! What a fantastic post.

    Matt on August 16, 2010 10:00 AM:

    Simply amazing!

    Carl on August 16, 2010 4:08 PM:

    The 40″s version of a flash mob!

    Props to Kodak.

    usmadgirl on August 16, 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!

    Phil Wrob on August 16, 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.

    tony on August 18, 2010 9:40 AM:

    so awesome i cried.

    phil mullen on August 19, 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!!

    Bernard on August 20, 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.

    Andy on August 24, 2010 2:04 PM:

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

    Chris Guerrero on August 24, 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.

    E Hutchinson on September 1, 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.

    Elizabeth Herron on September 1, 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!”

    Audre Z on September 8, 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.

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