Nurse Being Kissed by Sailor in Times Square, Passes on

by the Left Coast Rebel

Last weekend I visited the dowtown/embarcadero area of San Diego. If you didn't know, the ship from the film Master and Commander with Russel Crowe is moored in the harbor, along with the Star of India, a Russian submarine and other delights of the San Diego Maritime Museum:

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Perhaps the highlight of the sights is the World War II memorial set up next to the USS Midway/museum:


The nurse being kissed by the sailor in the iconic World War II pic from Life Magazine in 1945 also greets tourists next to the Midway (go here for the high res shot that gives you an idea of the scale of the statue):

I'm sure you have seen this picture many times:


When I saw the memorial statue I wondered, "who was the nurse in the picture,I wonder what her (along with the couple's) story was..."

Well, her name was Edith Shain and she passed away yesterday:
A nurse who was photographed being kissed in Times Square in New York to celebrate the end of the second world war in 1945 has died, aged 91.The iconic VJ Day picture of Edith Shain by Alfred Eisenstaedt was published in Life magazine.
The identity of the nurse in the photograph was not known until the late 1970s when Shain wrote to Eisenstaedt to say that she was the woman in the picture. It was taken on 14 August 1945 when she had been working at Doctor's Hospital in New York.
The identity of the sailor who kissed her remains unresolved.The photograph made its mark on Shain's life, as her subsequent celebrity led to invitations to war-related events such a wreath layings, parades and other memorial ceremonies.
Her son Justin Decker said in a statement: "My mom was always willing take on new challenges, and caring for the world war 2 veterans energised her to take another chance to make a difference."

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

Rest in peace, Edith Shain.

UPDATED: Saberpoint has a great post that gives more background information on the sailor in the picture....


  1. Rest in peace lovely lady. May God bless you and your family. Thank you for your service during the War.

  2. Fantastic pictures, especially the one of the mast with sails, with the sun right behind.


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