Houston's WWII sailor in famous kissing photo dies at 86
By Craig Hlavaty | March 14, 2014 | Updated: March 14, 2014 8:00pm
Glenn carried this photograph around for quite a while and a friend, Lloyd Sullivan, restored the photograph taking hours to make sure he did not harm the signatures. The signatures included Dale Ernhardt, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, and Bobby Allison, whom McDuffie had all befriended. (Photos courtesy of Rene Armstrong)
Glenn Edward McDuffie, the young sailor from Houston who can be seen in one of the most iconic photos from the end of World War II, has died, according to family members.
The Navy veteran was 86.
McDuffie was 18 when he said he was captured in the famous kiss photo with nurse Edith Shain.
“I heard someone running and stopping right in front of us. I raised my head up, and it was a photographer,” McDuffie told the Houston Chronicle in 2007. “I tried to get my hand out of the way so I wouldn’t block her face, and I kissed her just long enough for him to take the picture.”
McDuffie collaborated with Houston Police Department’s forensic artist, Lois Gibson, in 2007 to prove that he was the sailor sharing that lusty kiss with Shain in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945. The kiss was captured by famous Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt on V-J Day.
Eisenstaedt's famous photo is currently on view in the exhibit "Made for Magazines: Iconic 20th Century Photographs" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.