The frame went down in history as a symbol of victory in World War II.
American veteran George Mendonso, captured in the picture kissing a girl on Victory Day over Japan, died at the age of 95 years. About this his daughter reported NBC News.
Mendonça passed away on February 17 at a nursing home in Middletown, Rhode Island. According to the daughter, the cause of death was acute heart failure. The veteran did not live to see his birthday: on February 19 he would have turned 96 years old.
The journalists removed the kiss of the sailor and nurse returning from the war on August 14, 1945 in Times Square in New York. That day, US President Harry Truman declared victory over Japan, after which the Americans flooded the streets. Among those who went out to celebrate was a 21-year-old dental assistant, nurse Greta Zimmer Friedman. At some point, 22-year-old Mendonсаs, who was previously unknown to her, approached her and kissed her. Experts using facial recognition later confirmed that the heroes of the picture were just these two.
The photo with the sailor and nurse that Life photojournalist Alfred Eisenstadt made was one of the most important symbols of the end of World War II. He has several names, including “Kiss in Times Square.” The same episode from a different perspective was photographed by the US Navy journalist Viktor Jorgensen – his work with the title “Farewell Kiss to the War” was published in The New York Times.
As the journalists found out , that day Mendonça met with the beloved Rita Petri, whom she later married. But at the moment of universal rejoicing, he approached the “first seen nurse” and kissed him. At this time, the future wife of the sailor stood a few steps away. Friedman acknowledged that the kiss was “spontaneous” and did not have a romantic meaning.
Friedman died in September 2016 at the 93rd year of life. She was in a hospital in Richmond, Virginia. According to her children, the cause of death was age-related complications.