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Via CBS News.

Greta Friedman, who was kissed by a sailor in New York’s Times Square in an iconic picture symbolizing the end of World War II, has died, her son Joshua Friedman confirmed to CBS News. She was 92.

Joshua Friedman said his mother died on Thursday and that she had been in an assisted living facility for the past two years and developed health complications.

Greta Friedman will be laid to rest with her late husband, Mischa Elliot Friedman, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

She was in one of the most famous pictures of the 20th century, the moment Americans learned of a Japanese surrender.

“I did not see him approaching, and before I know it I was in this vice grip,” Friedman told CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller in 2012.

George Mendonsa said he’s the sailor in the photograph that would come to symbolize the end of World War II, and Friedman was the “nurse” in white. (She was actually a dental assistant.)

“It was the moment that you come back from the Pacific, and finally the war ends,” Mendonsa said.

Mendonsa said he didn’t kiss her for long.


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  1. Maynard says:

    May I share a something peripheral but, in my mind, interesting?

    The 2009 film “Watchman” was based on the eponymous graphic novel, set in an alternative reality of Richard Nixon’s fourth term. I’d read the graphic novel when it was issued in the 1980’s, and found it fascinating and disturbing. The film pays careful attention to detail. In the opening moments, a WWII flashback creates a variant on the V-J Day scene in New York. Here is a link to the clip, 25 seconds. It shows the Greta Friedman character approached by a crime-fighting costumed gal known as “Silhouette”, who delivers the kiss as the iconic photograph is snapped. Watch carefully as the kiss ends and you see the “real” sailor approaching in the background.

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