VJ Day icon passes

And they didn’t come back til it was over over there.


The most iconic photo capturing the ebullience of a nation when Japan threw in its World War II kamakazi bandanas is this one of a Navy enlisted man kissing a young nurse in New York Times Square.

The same kiss would probably constitute attempted rape these days, but in 1945 it made for one heck of a Life Magazine cover.

The nurse kissee, Greta Zimmer Friedman, passed away in 2016. Kisser George Mendonsa died this week in Rhode Island at 95.


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