Nurse in iconic World War 2 Times Square ‘kiss photo’ passes away

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VIRGINIA –  It is one of the best-known pictures of 20th-century America: a kiss in Times Square to celebrate the Japanese surrender and the end of World War 2.

Greta Friedman, the young lady in the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photo, has died at the age of 92. Her son confirmed it to the New York Daily News on Saturday. 

Friedman died at her home in Virginia, where she had been living in an assisted living facility for two years.

She will be laid to rest alongside her late husband, Mischa Friedman, who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

No one knew the identity of the kissing couple for years after  Eisenstaedt took the picture on August 14, 1945. Years later, they were identified as George Mendonsa and Friedman (who was actually a dental assistant and not a nurse).

Mendonsa is retired and living in Rhode Island. He is 93.

Friedman is survived by two children, two grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Read more about the famous photo here.