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Woman in iconic V-J Day Times Square photo "The Kiss" has died

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The woman at the center of an iconic Times Square photograph taken at the end of World War II has died, her son confirmed to media outlets Saturday.

Greta Zimmer Friedman, then a 21-year-old dental assistant, was kissed by a sailor on Aug. 14, 1945, during a celebration as news of the Japanese surrender reached home. The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was published inLife as “V-J Day in Times Square.” Friedman didn’t know the sailor, George Mendonsa, who grabbed who he thought was a nurse and planted a kiss.
[Image: 636091210145672636-GTY-483992614.jpg]World War II veterans Ray and Ellie Williams recreate the iconic Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph in ...more
Bryan Thomas, Getty Images

Friedman’s son confirmed to NBC and CBS that his mother died Thursday following a bout with pneumonia. She was 92, and had been living in an assisted-living community, Joshua Friedman said.
[Image: 635750980453216426-XXX-SAILOR-KISS.jpg]Several similar photos were taken on V-J Day in New York City, celebrating the surrender of Japan.
National Archives

Greta Friedman will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery alongside her late husband.
The black-and-white photo captured a nation’s relief and joy at wars’ end, with dozens of sailors and civilians celebrating on the street as Mendonsa kissed Friedman.

Reminds me of a sequence in a film released at the very start of this Fourth Turning, 2009's Watchmen.


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