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Today in World War II History—Sept. 6, 1940 & 1945

Vice Adm. John S. McCain, Sr. with his son Cdr. John S. McCain, Jr. together for the last time in Tokyo Bay at the surrender ceremony, 2 Sep 1945 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 92607)

Vice Adm. John S. McCain, Sr. with his son Cdr. John S. McCain, Jr. together for the last time in Tokyo Bay at the surrender ceremony, 2 Sep 1945 (US Naval History & Heritage Command: NH 92607)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 6, 1940: King Carol II of Romania is forced by fascists to abdicate his throne to his eighteen-year-old son, Michael, and he flees the next day.

German Adm. Erich Raeder permits greater warfare on Allied convoys, scrapping previous restrictions, but still honoring the Pan-American Neutrality Zone.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 6, 1945: At Rabaul, Japanese surrender to Australians all forces in Australian territory, 139,000 men in the Bismarcks, Solomons, and New Guinea.

Vice Adm. John McCain Sr. (grandfather of the late Senator McCain) dies of a heart attack at his coming-home party in San Diego, age 61.