November 10, 2011
Archer Carlson, Baldwin City, was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Japan days after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki in World War II. Though he was not aboard the USS Missouri for Japan’s official surrender, Carlson did watch a Japanese general surrender his troops to U.S. forces days later.
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Although Archer Carlson was a bit late joining the United States’ effort in World War II, the longtime Baldwin City resident witnessed a piece of history. Nearing the end of his second year in the U.S. Army, the 86-year-old Kansas native was one of several soldiers who saw a Japanese general surrender his troops.