Kim R. Spencer
Kim R. Spencer of Lapeer, Mich., took Michigan Auto & RV along on a trip to Hawaii in celebration of their 35th wedding anniversary. He and his wife, Nancy, are shown at the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor with a copy of Michigan Auto & RV.
The Japanese officially surrendered aboard the ship, ending World War II. The paperwork was signed on the deck of the USS Missouri on Aug. 15, 1945. The ship is currently anchored in Pearl Harbor and is now a museum. Visitors can visit the deck where the surrender took place.
The ship was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in 1944 and saw battles in the Pacific Theater. She also fought in the Korean War. The USS Missouri was decommissioned in 1955. She was reactivated in 1984 and took part in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Her final decommission was in 1992 and the ship was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor in 1998.
The statue of the sailor kissing the nurse is from a photo and is located on the dock in the area where visitors board the USS Missouri. The gray in the background is part of the ship.
Alfred Eisenstaedt took the famous photo in Times Square in New York depicting a sailor kissing a nurse when word was received and celebrations took place all over the USA that the war was over. The photo appeared in Life magazine. The Spencers are shown on the right as they imitate the characters in the statue.