On August 14th, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced to the world that Japan had surrendered, effectively putting an end to World War II. For the 70 years that followed, America has been captivated by a photo that truly encompassed the feeling of that day; a photo known simply as “The Kiss.” Taken by renowned photographer Albert Eisenstaedt, the photo shows a sailor passionately kissing a nurse in Times Square, in celebration of the good news.
For years people wondered who the mysterious kissing couple was, and though many have claimed to be either the sailor or the nurse, compelling evidence has recently come to light, and it tells quite the fascinating story!
While their identities have never actually been confirmed, solid evidence shows that the sailor and the nurse from the photo are George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman.
Mendonsa recalls that he was actually out on a date with another woman when the photo was taken. You can actually see the other woman’s face in one of the four photos Eisenstaedt snapped that day. His date actually ended up becoming his wife. The best news of all in the story? Mendonsa and the woman that he was on a date with when he kissed Nurse Friedman are still married!
In the following clip from CBS This Morning, you’ll get the full story from Mendonsa and Friedman. You will also hear from Mendonsa’s wife, Rita. She clearly has a good sense of humor about the situation!
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