On 29 June 2011, Sam passed away at the age of 91. I copy a comment from his blog, posted by his daughter:
Sam Shafer Sam Shafer, 91, World War II veteran. Served in Southwest Pacific. Sam witnessed the first official Japanese surrender at a small island ‘IeSHIMA’ near Okinawa. Sam passed away June 29. He is preceded by his wife, Mary Jane in 1996, and daughter, Rebecca Ouellette on June 9. He is survived by his two older sisters, their families, his sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sam drove for Greyhound bus-lines for 32 years.