WWII Iconic Kissing Sailor and Nurse Meet Again

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, VJ Day, The Kiss

It was in Times Square on VJ Day 1945. A sailor celebrated the end of the war and that he would not have to return to combat by grabbing, embracing and kissing a complete stranger – a dental assistant on a break.

The sailor and nurse were reunited by CBS Morning News and taken to Times Square to commemorate the 67th anniversary of VJ Day which is September 2.

You can watch their story HERE. The two are older, frailer and “spoiler alert” – they do not recreate the kiss that became immediately identified with the end of WWII thanks to photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.

However, former sailor was very gentlemanly – holding her hand – as she stepped down into the street where the initial kiss happened.


One Response

  1. My mom used to be a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and this photo is actually owned by MFA. Here’s a link to a review of a traveling show consisting of photographs owned by MFA – including tihs photo: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1989-11-26/entertainment/8911233789_1_gloria-swanson-portrait-photography-edward-steichen

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