BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You


The Man Who Kissed The Nurse In The Famous World War II-Era Photo Has Died

"I just went right to her and kissed her," Glenn McDuffie said. "We never spoke a word. Afterward, I just went on the subway across the street and went to Brooklyn."

Posted on March 14, 2014, at 5:57 p.m. ET

Glenn McDuffie, 86, who claimed to be the sailor kissing the woman in the well-known World War II photo, died in a Dallas nursing home Sunday, his daughter told the Associated Press.

AP Photo/The Chronicle, Melissa Phillip, File

The iconic photograph was taken in New York City on Aug. 14, 1945 by Life Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. Other men have claimed to be the sailor in the photo, but a forensic scientist identified McDuffe as the man in 2008.

Handout / Reuters

McDuffe told the Associated Press he was changing trains in New York City when he heard news Japan had surrendered. "I ran out in the street, and then I saw that nurse," he said. "I just went right to her and kissed her. We never spoke a word."

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File