V-J Day in Times Square

V-J Day in Times Square

Updated Apr 01, 2013 at 10:13AM EDT by Don.

Added Apr 01, 2013 at 10:12AM EDT by Don.

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V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph of American soldier George Mendosa kissing nurse Greta Friedman while standing in the middle of Times Square in New York City.


On August 14th, 1945, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took a photo of a Mendosa and Friedman kissing in Times Square in celebration of the United States victory over Japan, which subsequently ended World War II.

Kisser’s Identity

Before the kisser’s were verified as Mendosa and Friedman, many people falsely claimed they were the subjects of the photo. In August of 1980, Life Magazine requested the kissers make contact to establish their identity, resulting in 11 men and three women claiming to be the stars of the photo. Mendosa was verified based on his scars and tattoos identified by volunteers from the Naval War College in August of 2005. The team was aided by photographic analysis provided by the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and a testimonial account by photograph analysis expert Richard M. Benson.

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