George Mendonsa death: US sailor pictured kissing woman in iconic VJ Day photo dies, aged 95

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The US Navy sailor immortalised within the iconic kissing {photograph} of himself and a girl after the top of World War II was declared, has died on the age of 95.

George Mendonsa handed away on Sunday after struggling with congestive coronary heart failure – simply days earlier than his 96th birthday, his daughter Sharon Molleur informed NBC News.

He had been dwelling in an assisted dwelling facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, along with his spouse of 70 years, Rita.


Mr Mendonsa’s picture grew to become one of the recognisable within the nation when he was captured kissing a girl in Instances Sq., New York, on 14 August 1945 – in any other case generally known as VJ Day, or the day that Japan formally surrendered to america in World Struggle II.

The picture, captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt, was later revealed in Life Journal with the caption ”VJ Day in Instances Sq.”, and got here to characterize the euphoria Individuals and folks around the globe felt in regards to the ending of the Second World Struggle.

Nonetheless, for years, the identities of these within the image have been unknown – as Mr Eisenstaedt didn’t report any details about his topics when he took the picture of Mr Mendonsa spontaneously kissing the girl, later recognized as Greta Zimmer Friedman.

The picture has been turned into memorials 

Regardless of claiming that it was him pictured within the picture, it was a few years earlier than Mr Mendonsa was confirmed because the sailor within the image via facial recognition, in response to NBC Information – an honour that was essential to him.

“He was very happy with his service and the image and what it stood for,” his daughter informed the information outlet. 

The identical was true for Ms Friedman, who was working as a dental assistant on the time and who didn’t know Mr Mendonsa earlier than he swept her right into a kiss amidst the celebration.

The identities of each have been ultimately confirmed by historian Lawrence Verria, who wrote in his guide The Kissing Sailor: The Thriller Behind the Photograph that Ended World Struggle II the individuals within the picture have been Ms Friedman and Mr Mendonsa.

Ms Friedman died in 2016 on the age of 92.


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