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Man who said he kissed nurse in Times Square photo dies at 86

Published on Mar 15, 2014 6:57 AM
US Navy sailor Glenn Edward McDuffie (left) 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 on August 14, 1945. Mr McDuffie died this month at the age of 86. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

AUSTIN, Texas (REUTERS) - In the black-and-white photo, the sailor would always be a young man, locked in a kiss with a nurse in New York's Times Square to mark the end of World War Two.

Mr Glenn Edward McDuffie, who said he was the kissing sailor in the iconic Life magazine photograph, died this month at the age of 86, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported on Friday.

For years, many men had claimed to be the sailor in the photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. In 2007, Life magazine's parent, Time, reported that MrMcDuffie likely was the man, based on an analysis by a police forensic artist.

MrMcDuffie told the Chronicle in 2007 that he never spoke to the nurse before he kissed her during celebrations to mark the end of fighting with Japan in August 1945. He was 18 at the time.

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