Woman who says she was nurse in WWII photo dies

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Posted: Jun 23, 2010 12:07 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Edith Shain, nurse, Times Square, World War II, photo, Alfred Eisenstadt, Life magazine, V-J Day, WBRZ

Edith Shain, who said she was the nurse kissed by a sailor in Times Square in an iconic World War II photo, has died.

Her son, Robert, says Shain was 91 when she died Sunday at her Los Angeles home.

In August 1945, Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstadt snapped the famous photo of a sailor smooching a nurse on V-J Day to celebrate Japan's surrender and the end of World War II.

But he never got their names, and several women have claimed to be the nurse.

Shain moved to California after the war and continued nursing but also taught kindergarten in Los Angeles for 30 years.

Robert Shain says his mother appeared in Memorial Day parades around the country and made a point of teaching youngsters about the war.

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