Kissing sailor dies
There have been many iconic images from WWII, some capturing the unimaginable triumphs that gave us hope, and others, the tremendous losses that tarnished the world in its darkest hour.
A particular image however, takes us to the moment the war ended and the reaction one emotional young man has. The beautiful photograph captures Glenn McDuffie, an 18 year old soldier who, on exiting New York subway station and hearing the news grabs a young nurse for this spectacular kiss.
The photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt never asked for the names of the two embracing service workers and the identities remained unknown until 1980, when now deceased Los Angeles schoolteacher Edith Shain reached out to Life magazine as the unidentified nurse.
Many soldiers came forward but it wasn’t until 2007 that a forensic specialist confirmed McDuffies account.
86 year old semi-professional basketball player and long serving mail carrier Glenn McDuffie will be buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.