Houston Maritime Museum presents Identifying the Kissing Sailor

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<i>Identifying the Kissing Sailor</i>
V-J Day in Times Square Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

The Japanese surrender in World War II occurred on August 14, 1945. On that afternoon, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took to the streets of New York City to capture the country’s jubilation. He shot the iconic V-J Day in Times Square scene that appeared in Life Magazine and forever became a favorite snapshot of victory. The woman has been identified, but who was the sailor that landed the kiss? In 2007, Lois Gibson used her decades of forensics experience to pinpoint the sailor to Houstonian Glenn McDuffie. She will share how her forensic work proved the man’s identity in the memorable end-of-war photo.

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Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal St. Suite 100
Houston, TX 77003

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