George Mendonsa, the sailor who was captured in a famous photograph kissing a woman in Times Square amidst celebrations of the end of the second world war, has died. He was 95.
His daughter, Sharon Molleur, told the Providence Journal her father fell and had a seizure early on Sunday at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years. He died two days before his 96th birthday.
Mendonsa was a uniformed sailor in the US navy when he was photographed kissing a woman in a nurse’s uniform on 14 August 1945, the day Japan surrendered.
The photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt was published in Life magazine and became one of the most famous images of the 20th century.