Thursday 18 December 2014

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 in an impromptu moment at the close of World War Two, after the surrender of Japan was announced in New York August 14, 1945. A man who claimed to the sailor seen in the iconic photograph kissing a nurse in New York's Times Square to mark the end of World War Two, has died in Texas at the age of 86, the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday. Glenn Edward McDuffie, who was 18 at the time of the famed "kiss" photo taken in August 1945, spent most of his post-war years in Houston and will be buried in a veteran's cemetery in Dallas, the paper quoted his family members as saying. Picture taken August 14, 1945. REUTERS/Victor Jorgensen/US Navy/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY MEDIA) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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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