'Kissing Sailor' is star of Granbury's Memorial Day parade

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Posted on May 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 9:16 AM

GRANBURY — It seemed like the entire town of Granbury turned out Monday to honor our veterans.

A parade capped off a three-day event, the first Granbury Hometown Memorial Day Celebration.

Among the honored guests was Glenn McDuffie, who claims to be the "Kissing Sailor" — the man pictured in one of the most recognized photographs of the 20th century kissing a woman in Times Square as America celebrated Japan's surrender in World War II.

"I ran out in the street jumping up and down; the nurse had her back to me, and she heard me hollering and turned around and held her arms out like this," McDuffie recalled.

He said he was overcome by joy at the thought that his older brother — who was serving overseas — would get to come home.

McDuffie spent time Monday autographing copies of that famous picture taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life magazine.

At least 13 men and three women have identified themselves as being the sailor and nurse in the 1945 photograph.

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