60-year mystery of VJ-day kiss at an end





It was an iconic image that captured the wild excitement that greeted the end of the Second World War.

But the spontaneous moment of joy when a US sailor kissed a nurse in Time Square led to a bitter 60-year dispute over the identity of the amorous marine.

Over the years at least ten men have laid claim to be the one who planted the kiss on passing nurse Edith Shain on the VJ-day photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945 and made famous on the front cover of Life magazine.

A forensic artist now claims to have settled the matter once and for all, saying the mystery man is an 80-year-old US Navy veteran living on a trailer park in Texas.

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