- September 2 marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender ceremony that officially ended World War II
- Retired Lt. Cmdr. James Starnes, who was on the USS Missouri, where the ceremony took place, says witnessing it was "indescribable"
- The signing of the surrender brought six years of war that claimed the lives of an estimated 60 million people to an end
(CNN)On the morning of September 2, 1945, Lt. Cmdr. James Starnes stood on the deck of the USS Missouri, surrounded by his fellow seamen, hundreds of Allied warships and the blue waters of Tokyo Bay. In the distance, two smaller vessels approached the Missouri. On board were representatives of the Japanese Armed Forces and government, finally ready to bring an official end to six years of devastating war.