On this day 74 years ago, the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed in Tokyo Bay on board USS Missouri. Robert Bruno Nichols was a sailor on board USS Missouri that day. Last month, staff from the Battleship New Jersey had the opportunity to interview Mr. Nichols about that day and his time in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. "I was on the 40 millimeter quad on the fantail, starboard side," said Mr. Nichols. "You couldn’t get any further back or you’d be in the ocean." The thing he remembered most from that day: "Planes in the sky. You could hardly see the sky with how many planes were over ... bombers and fighter planes ... and I couldn’t believe how many planes. There could have been 500. I’ll never forget that."