Wednesday 29 June 2016

Sailor in iconic kiss photo dies aged 86

Published 16/03/2014 | 01:14

U.S. Navy sailor Glenn Edward McDuffie (L) kisses a nurse in Times Square
U.S. Navy sailor Glenn Edward McDuffie (L) kisses a nurse in Times Square

THE sailor who claimed he was the man in the iconic Second World War kiss picture has died.

Glenn McDuffie, from Houston, Texas, claims Alfred Eisenstaedt's Life shot of a sailor embracing a nurse in a white uniform in New York's Times Square is him.

They were celebrating victory over Japan. The passionate kiss between two strangers symbolised the end of the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen.

He died at his home in Dallas, Texas, aged 86. His claims were backed up in 2007 when a forensic artist said McDuffie's bone structure matched that of the man in the picture. "I heard someone running and stopping right in front of us. I raised my head up, and it was a photographer," McDuffie told the Houston Chronicle in 2007.

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