George Mendonsa, Sailor in Iconic World War II V-J Day Kissing Photo, Dies At Age 95

Updated On 19 Feb, 2019 Published On

George Mendonsa, the sailor who is in an iconic picture captured - in which he kisses a woman - while celebrating World War II end in New York City’s Times Square by kissing a woman, has died at the age of 95.

His daughter, Sharon Molleur, confirmed his death to The Providence Journal saying that her father passed away on Sunday, February 17, just two days before his 96th birthday.

As for the cause of death, Sharon told the publication that George died after falling and suffering a seizure at an assisted-living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he and his wife of 72 years resided.

His obituary published on stated,

George was a very devoted husband and father. His family was the world to him and was very proud of his family. George was bigger than life and will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity.

The popular black-and-white photo of George and

George CAPTION: George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman's V-J Day Photo SOURCE: necn

, a dental assistan, kissing was taken on August 14, 1945. It was first published in Life magazine.


The picture, which became one of the most famous of the 20th century, is called '‘V-J Day in Times Square'. It is also simply referred to as ‘'The Kiss'.’

Greta, who died in 2016, was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with her late husband. She was 92.

The picture was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on the day Japan surrendered to the United States of America.

People, including George and Greta, flooded the streets in NYC to celebrate the day. The two documented the kiss without knowing each other.

Rest in Peace George Mendonsa!

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