Ponape Island Liberation - USS FARQUHAR DE 139
USS FARQUHAR DE 139 and USS Hyman DD 732 sortied to Ponape for the official Japanese surrender that took place aboard Hyman 11 September 1945.
FARQUHAR remained at Ponape as station ship, assisting in the occupation and repatriation until late December.
Jim Klepper, DE 139 crewmember, recorded the events of this historic surrender. His photos preserve an important part of history for you will find only a rare mention of this event written in history books.
Also, 50 years after this historic surrender it was still remembered. Ray Novotny, Jr., provided the following information and
For the 50th Anniversary of the surrender on Ponape,
the surviving crew of the HYMAN were invited to return to the island. My
dad, along with about a dozen shipmates and their wives traveled to Ponape
for the Liberation Ceremony on 11 Sept. 1995. While there, the Postmaster
General of Micronesia presented my father with a set of limited edition
postage stamps commorating the liberation of the islands. The set includes
four U.S. Navy warships which carried out the liberation:
Ray Novotny, Jr.
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