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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Accepts Historical "Kissing Sailor" Signed Poster and Memorabilia

June 9, 2009

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WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 10 a.m.
WHERE:     Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
1st Floor, near Eye Clinic
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030

The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold a brief ceremony to accept the donation of a historical, signed poster and other memorabilia from the V-J Day “Kissing Sailor,” Glenn McDuffie, U.S. Navy, GM3/C.  Mr. McDuffie, who lives in Houston, will be present at the ceremony.

V–J Day in Times Square, perhaps the most famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, is of an American sailor kissing a young woman on August 14, 1945. The photograph was originally published in Life magazine.

McDuffie, who joined the Navy at the age of 15, says that on V-J Day, he was on the subway to Brooklyn to visit his girlfriend, Ardith Bloomfield. He came out of the subway at Times Square and saw people celebrating in the streets. A nurse came up to him and told him how happy she was he could now go home  Excited that his brother, who was being held by the Japanese as a prisoner of war, would be released, McDuffie began hollering and jumping up and down. The nurse opened her arms to him and he kissed her.

McDuffie is making this donation because he wishes to share a piece of history with the veterans, volunteers, visitors, and employees at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.


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