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.



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Believe it or not I fully remember seeing this photo in the local news papers!  That was a great celebration back when America was "all" American, where we worshipped God, country, Constitution!     How do you like the change so far?     Have you learned how to salute Herr Comrade Communist Dictator Obama yet?

During McDuffie's time during WWII, little did they know that there would be a segmet of the  American population who would not preserve the freedoms they fought for, but instead would slowly undermind the principles of the Constitution by deceit under the guise of "Helping the people," political correctness, "Tolerance,"  and "Diversity."  When all of the goals of the 1960 American Communist Party Manifesto were accomplished by the "Progressives," Barack Obama made his appearance via manipulation and cheating.   Barack Obama was manipulated into office as the President to strike the final blow against a free society, all in the name of "helping" the people.  Evil and stupidity will always be with any society on this Planet.  In our Country, evil, stupidity, and deceit are mostly represented by the Socialist Democrat Party of irrational dreamers seeking that perfect Socialist Utopia.  It's like a mental illness being played out.

Well said, I duplicate everything you say, I must agree.  If suffering is an indication of mental illness then Obama has certainly put on the track.  Thank you Douglas...Semper Fi Nam 66-67

A better time. We knew our enemies.

Jerry, thank you for your service. I'm certain Glenn is getting a warm welcome in the great beyond where no war memorials are needed.

R.I.P. and Thank You for your service!

Rest easy in God's loving arms Sir, Semper Fidelis.


Thank you, Glenn.

God Bless Him HERO!! Thank so Much Service  always VETERANS!! 

Really touching, cool picture ma'am.

Kristi, may I repost your picture on my Ohio OAS State Group forums? The vast majority of my members are Veterans and many nearly that age.

Bev Grau

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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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