Sailor in Famous Post War Times Square Kiss Dies

Glenn McDuffie, whose iconic kiss became a symbol that WWII had ended, lived to be 86.
3:00 | 03/14/14

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Next here tonight, we have passing to note, we all know that iconic photo celebrating America's victory over Japan, the end to world war ii, well, tonight, that sailor in the passionate kiss with the nurse, a stranger in times square, the man who insisted always he was that sailor has died. At the age of 86 and here's ABC's John donvan. Jubilant the taste of victory. Reporter: Everything was magic that day, world war ii had just ended that afternoon. Wandering about in New York City, Al Fred got this picture, and it was magic. Sail sailor everyone smiles. The same smile that you just had on your face. The photo bookended an era. Who was that guy? Many candidates stepped forward. But best believed of them all, was this man, glen Mcduffie, who died this week just at the age of 86. Who said it was always him. The lady, when I came out of the steps, the nurse said, I'm so happy for you. I said for what? The war is over and you can go home. Reporter: It was Mcduffie's moment and he was lost in it. His ted turned away, his identity, hers, their secret, which made the magic. John donvan, ABC news, Washington.

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