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Glenn McDuffie, 86; known as kissing sailor in WWII-era photo

Mr. McDuffie’s claim that he was the man captured kissing a woman in 1945 was backed up by a forensic artist.
Mr. McDuffie’s claim that he was the man captured kissing a woman in 1945 was backed up by a forensic artist.Reuters

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HOUSTON — Glenn McDuffie, who gained fame after saying he was the sailor kissing a woman in a famous World War II-era photo taken in Times Square, died March 9 in Dallas. He was 86.

Mr. McDuffie died in a nursing home, said his daughter, Glenda Bell.

After World War II, Mr. McDuffie, who was born in Kannapolis, N.C., and moved to Houston in 1960, became a mail carrier and semiprofessional baseball player.

But his life became more exciting 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 in the Life magazine photo.

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