Sailor From Iconic Times Square Kissing Photo Dies at 95
George Mendonsa, the jubilant seaman photographed on the day Japan surrendered during World War II, has died in a Rhode Island nursing home. A Life photographer captured Mendonsa kissing dental assistant Greta Friedman — whom he mistook for a military nurse — on Aug. 14, 1945. His identity was verified in 2012, while Friedman, who told Life in the ‘60s she was in the image, was officially confirmed by the magazine in 1980.
Why the mystery? Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt failed to get their details, leading to decades of speculation, photo analysis and even 3D face scanning to prove the subjects’ identities.