ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING.'AUGUST 27,1945
Mighty MissouriHeads Procession
By AL DOPKINGWITH U. S. FLEET IN SIGHT OF JAPAN, Monday, Aug. 27,—(AP)—Proudly led by the mighty battleship Missouri, Admiral Halsey's Third fleet early today steamed within sight of Japan on its triumphal parade up Tokyo bay with a hand-picked landing force of 10,000 marines, and bluejackets for the Yokosuka naval base occupation.
The procession of American and British naval might spread for miles over the Pacific as we neared Sagami bay, the outer approach lo the Tokyo harbor. The sky overhead was flecked with 1,200 carrier planes.
Close behind the 45,000-lon Missouri rode her sister battleship, the U.S.S. Iowa and the British flagship, the Battleship Duke of York, with Adm. Sir Bruce Fraser, commander-in-chief of the British Pacific fleet. Seamen and officers alike lined the warship decks, staring at the Japanese coast.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26—(AP)—Jack Mahon, Mutual Broadcasting correspondent, reported that Admiral Halsey's flagship entered Sagami Bay :at 8;34 p. m. (central war time) tonight.
Mahon was rebroadcasting an earlier report that Japanese emissaries had boarded Halsey's flagship to receive instructions for preparing to receive Marine and Naval Inndparlies at Yokosuka naval base, near Tokyo, Thursday when he "flashed" the word that the Missouri "is Just entering Sagami bay."
That concluded his broadcast in which he said the entire fleet accompanied Halsey's flagship into the bay.
Earlier, radio correspondent's with the third fleet snirt it hoped to anchor in Sagami Bay, 30 miles south of Tokyo, by 1 p. m., Monday, Japanese time (U p. m. Sunday, central war time.)