The Story Behind the Iconic "The Kissing Sailor"

Many of you have seen the iconic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse on Times Square, New York City. The true story behind this photo is that couple captured on the photo newer new each other before this moment. Photo was taken on the day celebrating the U.S. victory over Japan, also known as V-J Day. Albert Eisenstaedt was a photographer for Life magazine, and the man behind it all, he was the one who captured this moment.  The story behind iconic photo is that Greta Zimmer Friedman was a 21-year-old dental assistant, She walked right down to Times Square to see for herself, if the rumors were true. Suddenly, she was grabbed by a sailor and smooched on the lips. He was so happy he didn’t have to go back to war, that he took it upon himself to show his gratitude toward a nurse by kissing her. Sailor on the photo is George Mendonsa. As Friedman mentioned in one of her interviews this kiss wasn’t a romantic event “It wasn’t that much of a kiss,” Friedman said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project. “It was just somebody celebrating. It wasn’t a romantic event.” 

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