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(NEW YORK) — A woman who claimed to be the nurse kissed by a sailor in the iconic Victory over Japan Day photo has died.

Greta Friedman died this week of pneumonia, according to her son, Joshua Friedman. She was 92.

The famous photo titled “V-J Day in Times Square” was taken by renowned photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt shortly before the announcement of the end of the war on Japan. It was published in Life magazine in 1945 in a series of other “Victory Celebrations” accompanied by the caption, “In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers.”

The identities of the woman and man in the photo have been claimed by multiple people over the years, but the kissing couple was eventually identified as Friedman and George Mendonça.

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