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Glenn McDuffie | Times Square sailor, 86

Glenn McDuffie with a portrait of himself and a copy of the iconic shot of a sailor embracing a nurse in Times Square at the end of World War II.
Glenn McDuffie with a portrait of himself and a copy of the iconic shot of a sailor embracing a nurse in Times Square at the end of World War II.

Glenn McDuffie, 86, who became known for claiming he was the sailor kissing a woman in Times Square in a famous World War II-era photo taken by a Life magazine photographer, died March 9 in a nursing home in Dallas, his daughter, Glenda Bell, told the Associated Press.

Life became more exciting for Mr. McDuffie, a mail carrier and semi-professional baseball player, about six years ago when Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson was able to identify him as the young man leaning over the woman in his arms to kiss her after returning from World War II.

The identification remained controversial, partly because other men also claimed to have been the sailor in the image, but also because Life magazine, whose photographer had died years earlier, was unable to confirm that Mr. McDuffie was in fact the sailor, noting that the photographer had never gotten names for those in the picture.

For Mr. McDuffie, Gibson's word was enough. A well-respected forensic artist who was in the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records for helping police identify more suspects than any other forensic artist, Gibson said Mr. McDuffie was ecstatic when she told him the results he had waited 62 years to hear. - AP

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