WWII scrapbook photos shows Japanese officer's surrender

American veteran's unearthed scrapbook reveals secret photographs of a Japanese officer handing over his sword during World War II surrender ceremony Dave Reyes first stumbled across the black-and-white 1945 images, showing Japan surrendering to Australia, in a scrapbook when he was seven years old His father Filbert Reyes, who was U.S. Navy sailor on a destroyer part of the U.S.S. Missouri battleship group, revealed how he took the snaps despite a ban A dozen photos were taken, four sailors then took the film out and threw the camera overboard before taking home three snaps each  Filbert Reyes died in 1998 and the original images were destroyed in a flood but his daughter had taken photographs of them  Dave Reyes released the images on Wednesday 

By Leah Simpson For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:23 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 17:45 BST, 3 September 2020

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The son of a World War II veteran has released photographs secretly taken at a Japanese surrender ceremony nine days after Japan formally surrendered to allies marking the end of years of devastation.

One of three pictures shows the Japanese arriving on a boat. A second shows an officer signing surrender papers to Australia and a third shows him handing over his sword.

Dave Reyes first stumbled across the black-and-white images in a scrapbook when he was seven years old and his father Filbert Reyes, who was a U.S. Navy sailor on a destroyer that was part of the U.S.S. Missouri battleship group, revealed how he took the snaps despite a ban.

Filbert Reyes died in 1998 and the original images were destroyed in a flood but his daughter had taken photographs of them. Dave Reyes released the images on Wednesday.

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The son of a World War II veteran on Wednesday released images secretly taken at a Japanese surrender ceremony on September 11, 1945. This image shows an officer signing papers on an Australian ship

The son of a World War II veteran on Wednesday released images secretly taken at a Japanese surrender ceremony on September 11, 1945. This image shows an officer signing papers on an Australian ship

One of three pictures shows the Japanese arriving on a boat

Image shows a Japanese officer handing over his sword

Left, one of three pictures shows the Japanese arriving on a boat. The image on the right shows a Japanese officer handing over his sword

Filbert Reyes, who was U.S. Navy sailor on a destroyer part of the U.S.S. Missouri battleship group, revealed how he took the snaps despite a ban

He returned to California, got married and never spoke about the war again

Filbert Reyes, who was a U.S. Navy sailor on a destroyer that was part of the U.S.S. Missouri battleship group, took the snaps despite a ban. He returned to California, got married and never spoke about the war again

He originally

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