America Says Goodbye To Iconic WWII “Kissing Sailor”
An iconic WWII veteran has lost his life at the age of 86. Glenn McDuffie, the man in the iconic photo of the kiss in Times Square, died March 9. Just six years ago, it was confirmed that he was in fact the man from the picture, even though many other veterans have claimed it was them. Forensics confirmed that it was in fact Mr. McDuffie. May this American icon and hero rest in peace!
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A man who became known for claiming he was the sailor kissing a woman in Times Square in a famous World War II-era photo taken by a Life magazine photographer has died. Glenn McDuffie was 86.
McDuffie died March 9 in a nursing home in Dallas, his daughter, Glenda Bell, told The Associated Press.
A mail carrier and semi-professional baseball player after he returned from World War II, McDuffie’s life became more exciting about six years ago when Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson was able to identify him as the young man leaning over the woman in his arms to kiss her.
By taking about 100 pictures of McDuffie using a pillow to pose as he did in the picture taken Aug. 14, 1945, by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gibson said, she was able to match the muscles, ears and other features of the then-80-year-old McDuffie to the young sailor in the original image.
“I was absolutely positive,” Gibson said of the match. “It was perfect.”
The identification remained controversial, partly because other men also claimed to have been the sailor in the image, but also because Life magazine, whose photographer had died years earlier, was unable to confirm that McDuffie was in fact the sailor, noting Eisenstaedt had never gotten names for those in the picture.