World War II Vet Recalls Service, Celebration on 70th Anniversary of War’s End

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DALLAS, TX -- This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. On Saturday, back in 1945, Japan agreed to unconditionally accept allied surrender terms.

Known as VJ Day, or Victory Over Japan Day, August 14th is the day celebrations started erupting across the United States.

Sailors were grabbing nurses all over New York City to celebrate VJ Day with a kiss during the ticker-tape parade. One of those kisses became famous.

Later, President Harry Truman officially named September 2, 1945 as National VJ Day.

That's the day Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

In Dallas, one WWII vet shared his war stories with NewsFix. We caught up with Victor Hancock at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. He was a pilot during the war, and was apart of what's been called The Greatest Generation.

"When I went on my first mission I realized that this was a war. Up to that time, I was just a kid, a cadet, flying an airplane. But, they were mad at us, and we were determined to do what we were doing."

"What it taught me is how you can see evil take over," Hancock said about his experiences overseas. "The war ended and it was the greatest sigh of relief and jubilation at the same time."

"I'm 92 now, and I've seen all this generational stuff go on. We're a better country than we were when I was a kid, and I think it's a great country."