A 90-year-old woman who claims to be the young nurse in the iconic "Kissing the War Goodbye" photo from WWII fell into the arms of another charming young Navy man this weekend.
Edith Shain, who lives in Los Angeles, posed for photos in her token nurse's uniform and tights — just like the outfit she wore in 1945 — before going to see a revival of South Pacific. She will serve as grand marshal of NYC's Veterans Day parade today and ride a float with a group of veterans.
On Aug. 15, 1945 Shain joined thousands of people celebrating in Times Square after Japan surrendered. She says a sailor suddenly grabbed and kissed her — the precise moment a Life magazine photographer caught it on film. The photographer didn't get the name of the kissing couple so years later Life went on a quest to find them and ended up with a bunch of claimants. At least three veterans say they are the strong sailor, and at least one other woman has claimed to be the nurse. But Shain remains convinced she is the gal. To see what she says of the day and photo,
"I went from Doctors Hospital to Times Square that day because the war was over, and where else does a New Yorker go? And this guy grabbed me and we kissed, and then I turned one way and he turned the other. There was no way to know who he was, but I didn't mind because he was someone who had fought for me. As for the picture, it says so many things — hope, love, peace and tomorrow. The end of the war was a wonderful experience, and that photo represents all those feelings."
Check out the photo of Shain reliving the moment this weekend. Do you believe it's her?