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US Navy veteran in iconic WW2 kissing photo dies

US Navy sailor Glenn Edward McDuffie (L) kisses a nurse in Times Square in an impromptu moment at the close of World War Two, after the surrender of Japan was announced in New York (14 August 1945)
Image caption Another angle of the events of 14 August 1945 near Times Square was taken by a US Navy photographer

A Texas man thought to be the US Navy sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic end of World War Two photo has died.

Glenn McDuffie died aged 86 at a nursing home in Dallas on Sunday, his daughter said.

McDuffie's claim to be the man in the famed VJ day photo was supported by a police forensic artist's analysis.

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took the image as the news of Japan's surrender filtered through New York's Times Square on 14 August 1945.

McDuffie had told US media that he was changing subway trains when he heard that Japan had surrendered.

"I was so happy. I ran out in the street," said McDuffie, who was then 18 and on his way to visit his girlfriend.

"And then I saw that nurse,'' he said.

"She saw me hollering and with a big smile on my face... I just went right to her and kissed her."

Edith Shain, who worked in a nearby hospital, claimed to be the nurse in the photo. She died in 2010.

Image caption Glenn McDuffie in 2007, holding a photo of himself as a young man and the iconic image

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