Now it’s a kiss goodbye.
Greta Friedman, the woman who shared a passionate kiss with a sailor in Times Square in 1945, has passed away at 92.
The picture taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on the day Japan surrendered became an icon of American hope at the end of World War II, if not an unofficial herald of the baby boom to follow.
Friedman’s son Joshua said his mother had been suffering various health complications. She will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia next to her husband, Mischa Elliot Friedman, who was not the sailor in the photo.
Friedman, who was actually a dental hygienist and not a nurse, had always maintained that she did not know the sailor and that the kiss was random.
“I did not see him approaching, and before I know it I was in his tight grip,” she told CBS News in 2012.
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George Mendosa claimed to CBS News that he is the seaman in the famous photograph.
Mendosa said it was “the excitement of the war bein’ over, plus I had a few drinks,” that drove him to plant one on the woman he didn’t know. “So when I saw the nurse I grabbed her, and I kissed her.”