HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg WWII veteran, who was an eyewitness to the Japanese surrender in 1945, will witness history again next week in Hawaii, as he attends a 70th anniversary commemoration of the end of that war.
Art Albert, 88, who served aboard the USS Missouri and saw the formal surrender of Japanese forces in Tokyo Bay, will be on the Missouri again Sept. 2 as the nation celebrates V-J Day (Victory over Japan) at Pearl Harbor.
"It's just like when you're away from home and then you go back, (the Missouri) was home to me," Albert said. "I left home and the ship was my first home away from home."
Albert served on the Missouri for four years, and retired from the Navy 50 years ago. He has visited the ship many times over the years.