Sailor in V-J Day Times Square kiss photo to be laid to rest

February 19, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Funeral arrangements for the sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II have been scheduled.

George Mendonsa’s daughter says her father died Sunday after he fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he had lived with his wife of 70 years. He was 95.

According to his obituary , his funeral will be held Friday at St. Mary’s Church in Newport. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown.

Mendonsa kissed Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945— known as V-J Day, the day Japan surrendered.

The two had never met.

Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photo of the kiss became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century.

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