To mark the 67th anniversary of V-J Day, the sailor and the woman seen kissing in the iconic Times Square photograph are reunited on August 11 on CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller speaks with George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman, who were photographed kissing in Times Square on August 14, 1945, the day the Japanese surrendered, thus ending World War II. In Saturday’s report, Mendonsa, 89, and Friedman, 88, meet in Times Square for just the second time since 1945 to reminisce about their photo published in Life magazine, which came to symbolize the war’s end.
An excerpt of the interview is below.
MILLER: Did either of you see the picture when it was first published in Life magazine?
FRIEDMAN: I'm sure I saw it.
MILLER: Did you recognize yourself?
FRIEDMAN: Yes, of course. You don’t forget this guy grabbing you.
MENDONSA: I did not know the picture was taken.
Miller also speaks with Larry Verria, the co-author of a new book about the famous kiss. For more 30 years, Carl Muscarello and Edith Shane claimed to have famously puckered up in the photo. However, Verria tells Miller the evidence rules out everyone except Mendonsa and Friedman as the kissing couple.
“It’s a story about our nation and World War II,” Verria tells Miller. “It’s a story about a kiss. It’s a story about a place. It’s a story about a publication. But at the end, it’s a story about two national treasures who, for 60 some years, never got the due that was theirs.”
Michael Rosen is the Executive Producer of CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY.
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