US sailor from iconic Times Square kiss dies aged 86

Glenn McDuffie, the US Navy veteran who kissed a nurse in an iconic photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in New York on V-Day in 1945, has passed away aged 86.

McDuffie told the Associated Press years later that he had been changing trains in New York when he heard that war was over: “I was so happy. I ran out in the street.”

“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."

Glenn McDuffie battled lung cancer and reportedly lived in a Dallas suburb at the time of his death. Nurse Edith Shain died in 2010 at the age of 91.

The Kiss image in Times Square
The iconic image is known as V-J Day in Times Square, V-Day, and The Kiss. Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Getty

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