Sailor in Famous 1945 VJ Day Photo Passes (PHOTO)02/19/2019 The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. He died at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years. Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse's uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945 —V-J Day, the day Japan surrendered to the United States. People spilled into the New York City streets to celebrate the news.