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     World War II ‘Kissing Sailor’ – Glenn McDuffie – died on March 9, 2014 at the age of 86, in a Dallas nursing home – nearly seven decades after he was snapped in iconic Times Square VJ Day picture.

     Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the spontaneous moment with Glenn McDuffie kissing a nurse in Times Square on August 14, 1945. Over the years several men claimed they were the famous ‘Kissing Sailor’ . Only six years ago, Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson confirmed it was McDuffie.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

   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.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

     A well-respected forensic artist who was in the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records for helping police identify more suspects than any other forensic artist, Gibson said McDuffie was ecstatic when she told him the results he had waited 62 years to hear.

Romance never dies.

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