WWII nurse in iconic Times Square kissing photo dies

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  1. syscom3

    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-mew-0624-edith-shain-20100624,0,4104550.story

    A nurse famously photographed being kissed by an American sailor in New York's Times Square in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War Two has died at the age of 91, her family said on Tuesday.

    The V-J Day picture of the white-clad Edith Shain by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured an epic moment in U.S. history and became an iconic image marking the end of the war after being published in Life magazine.

    The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 1970s when Shain wrote to the photographer saying that she was the woman in the picture taken on Aug. 14 at a time when she had been working at Doctor's Hospital in New York City.

    The identity of the sailor remains disputed and unresolved.

    From then on the photograph also made its mark on Shain's life as the fame she garnered led to invites to war related events such a wreath layings, parades and other memorial events.

    "My mom was always willing take on new challenges and caring for the World War II veterans energized her to take another chance to make a difference," her son Justin Decker said in a statement.

    Shain, who died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, leaves behind three sons, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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    wheelsup_cavu Well-Known Member

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    An iconic photo.
    Sad to hear of her passing.


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    Saw this on Google News earlier today, but was busy at work and didn't get a chance to post it. Glad someone did!

    :salute: For being a nurse during the war, and for inspiring so many people for so many years.
     
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    It's one of those images that was a captured moment.
     
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    It's sad to see the passing of the greatest generation :(
     
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    Anytime you type in "World War II" in google its right there.
     
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    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Certainly is. Shame to hear of her passing.
     
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    Sad but inevitable.

    That image will last forever.

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