Amorous sailor identified

  • 14 August 2007

It is one of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs. A euphoric sailor’s celebratory kiss with a passing nurse on hearing the news the Second World War had ended, but for years his identity has been disputed. However thanks to the work of Lois Gibson, of the Houston Police Department and respected forensic artist, the debate has been settled as she revealed the mystery man is Glenn McDuffie, an 80-year-old US Navy veteran. For more than six decades at least 10 men have claimed to be the one to have locked lips with Edith Shain. Mr McDuffie said: “I couldn’t be happier – this means everything to me.” Although Mrs Shain has not yet commented publicly on the findings, Mr McDuffie said: “I spoke to her and told her I’d been positively identified, she was kind of sarcastic, but she was curious enough to tell me to keep in touch.”

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