WWII Photo Nurse Dies

The woman immortalized in life magazine for being kissed by a sailor at the end of World War II has passed away.

Edith Shain was 92 years old and died at her home in Los Angeles. She leaves behind 3 sons, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Shain was in times square on VJ Day in 1945 when an exuberant sailor grabbed her and kissed her. The photo, snapped by Albert Eisenstaedt, became an iconic American image forever linked to the end of the war.

The identity of the sailor in the photo has never been confirmed. In fact, Shain's identity was also unknown until she wrote the photographer in 1970.


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  • by brooke Location: greenville on Jun 23, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    Sorry to hear about her passing. I have always loved this picture. What a great way to be remembered!
  • by Ashley Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    AWW! Sorry that she has passed! im pretty sure shes in a Much better place now! I Love this picture Its Amazing!!
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Jun 23, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    What a shame...an iconic photo. Rest in Peace.
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