A man believed to be sailor Glenn McDuffie kisses a nurse in Times Square in an impromptu moment at the close of World War 2, after the surrender of Japan was announced in New York. Picture taken August 14, 1945. REUTERS/Victor Jorgensen/US Navy
In the black-and-white photo, the sailor would always be a
young man, locked in a kiss with a nurse in New York's Times
Square to mark the end of World War Two.
Glenn Edward McDuffie, who said he was the kissing sailor in
the iconic Life magazine photograph, died this month at the
age of 86, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reports.
For years, many men had claimed to be the sailor in the
photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. In 2007, Life
magazine's parent, Time, reported that McDuffie likely was
the man, based on an analysis by a police forensic artist.
McDuffie told the Chronicle in 2007 that he never spoke to
the nurse before he kissed her during celebrations to mark
the end of fighting with Japan in August 1945. He was 18 at
"When I got off from the subway, a lady told me the war was
over, and I went into the street yelling. I saw the nurse and
she was smiling at me, so I just grabbed her," he said.
He said he kept quiet about the picture for years and only
came forward in 1980, when the editors of Life were seeking
the two people in the photograph.
"I never thought I needed publicity, just to be somebody,"
McDuffie told the Chronicle. "But it made me mad they
wouldn't recognize it was me."
He spent the last years of his life in poor health. His
daughter, Glenda Bell, told the Chronicle that when women
asked to recreate the photograph with him, he gave them a
peck on the cheek.
McDuffie, who spent most of his post-war years in Houston,
will be buried in a veteran's cemetery in Dallas, family
members told the newspaper.