US Navy veteran in iconic WW2 kissing photo dies.


A Texas man thought to be the US Navy sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic end of World War Two photo has died.

Glenn McDuffie    died 09-03-2014 aged 86 at a nursing home in Dallas on Sunday, his daughter said.

McDuffie’s claim to be the man in the famed VJ day photo was supported by a police forensic artist’s analysis.

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took the image as the news of Japan’s surrender filtered through New York’s Times Square on 14 August 1945.

McDuffie had told US media that he was changing subway trains when he heard that Japan had surrendered. 

“I was so happy. I ran out in the street,” said McDuffie, who was then 18 and on his way to visit his girlfriend.

“And then I saw that nurse,” he said.

“She saw me hollering and with a big smile on my face… I just went right to her and kissed her.” “The happiness was indescribable,” Mrs. Shain said of the original V-J Day celebration. “It was a very long kiss.”


Edith Shain, who worked in a nearby hospital, claimed to be the nurse in the photo. Edith Shain was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., on July 29, 1918. She graduated from New York University and moved to Los Angeles a few years after the war ended. She died on 24-06- 2010. at her home in Los Angeles.

Glenn McDuffie holds a portrait of himself as a young man, left, and a copy of Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic Life magazine shot of a sailor (31 July 2007)


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