'Kissing sailor' from iconic World War II photo dies

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by KHOU.com staff

KREM.com

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 12:40 PM

HOUSTON – The sailor kissing the nurse in the famous end of World War II celebration of V-J day photo taken Aug. 14, 1945 in Times Square has died.

Glenn Edward McDuffie died on Sunday at the age of 86. Lois Gibson, a forensic artist, proved positively McDuffie was the sailor in August 2007 after many men had claimed to be the man in the photo.

McDuffie was born in Kannapolis, N.C. on Aug. 3, 1927. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 15 in 1942 after he found a friend to forge his mother’s signature and amenable notary public.

He played professional baseball after leaving service with the Virginia League Champions.

In 1960, the World War II veteran moved to Houston where he lived until 2009. He spent his last years near his daughter Glenda Bell in a Dallas suburb.

The service for McDuffie will be held at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Veterans Cemetery in Dallas.

He is preceded in death by his children Elene McDuffie and Mike McDuffie. He is survived by his daughter Glenda Bell and his grandchildren, Christopher and Jordan Bell.

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