Friday, June 25, 2010

Kissing Nurse

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14, 1945: A jubilant American sailor clutching a white-uniformed nurse in a back-bending, passionate kiss as he vents his joy while thousands jam Times Square to celebrate the long awaited-victory over Japan. 
It's perhaps the most iconic photograph from the victory celebrations of World War II, and the nurse who made it possible, Edith Shain, is dead at 91.

Reuters reports that Shain, the nurse in the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph from the V-J celebrations in Times Square marking the end of U.S. hostilities with Japan, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Shain worked at Doctor's Hospital in New York during the war, and her kiss with the anonymous sailor -- his identity has never been discovered -- was captured by Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

"My mom was always willing take on new challenges and caring for the World War II veterans energized her to take another chance to make a difference," said son Justin Decker.
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Oh actually, the American sailor name was George Mendonça. Found it on the internet somewhere. I love this photo, it says many things words can not say. 

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