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Have they found Life Magazine’s “kissing sailor”? July 29, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, History.

Another sailor has come forward, making a total of 10 men to claim “I kissed that nurse in New York“.  A Texan, Glenn McDuffie, 80. 


The photo, taken by Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, is one of the more famous images in the early days following the end of the war.  Taken on August 14, 1945, VJ Day, it shows a jubilant sailor and New Yorkers celebrating the news of the wars end.

And of course, McDuffie, or some other sailor taking advantage of the moment to steal a kiss from a pretty nurse.

McDuffie claimed he held his left hand at an angle so the photographer could see her face, and he’s the only one of the claimants who has offered an explanation for it.

Maybe it was him.



1. harrison - July 30, 2007

If that happened today, he’d be up on charges of sexual assault and attempted rape.
My, how the times do change.

2. PattyAnn - July 31, 2007

I believe it was a Texan, Dave. Every male Texan I ever met strategically pre-planned where, when and what each hand would be doing in the near future.

3. totaltransformation - July 31, 2007

I bet a lot of men kissed nurses that day.

4. Lou - August 3, 2007

My daughter loves that photo – finds it very romantic.

5. John - August 6, 2007

Mitsubishi Labs on Boston did a digital analysis of the photo including an incredible digital analysis of a Rhode Island fisherman and they think the guy is George Mendonsa. The analysis seems far more scientific than this one for McDuffie.

6. anony - August 6, 2007

Maybe not. And furthermore- who cares? It is the picture, not the people in it that was important here. Sounds like this guy is in this for some money; otherwise, why now? The fact is hundreds of servicemen and women kissed that day. This picture captured the essence of the moment-Not the people in it. Move on, people.

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