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Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

A sailor and a woman kiss in New York’s Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II.
A sailor and a woman kiss in New York’s Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II on Aug. 14, 1945. The sailor, George Mendonsa, has died.
(Victor Jorgensen / U.S. Navy)

The ecstatic sailor shown in a photograph kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95.

Mendonsa’s daughter, Sharon Molleur, told the Providence Journal Mendonsa fell and had a seizure Sunday at the assisted living facility in Middletown, R.I., where he lived with his wife of 70 years.

Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945. Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States.

The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century.

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It was years before Mendonsa and Friedman were confirmed to be the couple.

Friedman died in 2016 at the age of 92.

Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday.


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