The iconic “V-J Day kiss” photo will always be one of my all time favorites. I’ve always loved it.
Sadly, the man who has claimed to be the sailor in the photo– George Mendonsa– has passed away. He was 95.
George Mendonsa, 95, had a seizure and fell in an assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, Mendonsa’s daughter, Sharon Molleur, told the Providence Journal. He lived there with his wife of 70 years, Rita, and died Sunday, just two days short of his 96th birthday.
The photo was taken on Aug. 14, 1945, which is known as V-J Day, the day Japan officially surrendered to the United States in World War II. Published in Life as “V-J Day in Times Square,” it came to represent how joyful Americans and people across the world felt at the end of the war, in which 406,000 Americans died and 671,000 were wounded, according to the United States Census Bureau.
S/o to this guy for being super #woke.
Liberalism is a stain.