Minutes after the world heard of Japan’s surrender to the United States on August 14th, 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square.

That photo, taken 70 years ago today, would become one of the most famous photographs in history after being published in Life Magazine.

The sailor? George Mendonsa who was born in Newport, RI and now calls Middletown, RI his home.

Read More: 70 years later, the ‘Kissing Sailor’ tells all: A war, a kiss, a mystery

Here’s a good look at his legendary story…


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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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