The actual photo below:
This statue depicts the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt of “The Kiss” during the celebration of the victory over Japan during WWII. It was donated by 96-year-old Pearl Harbor Commendation Medal of Valor recipient, Portland Fire Department hero, one of our museum founders, and first Board President, Ed Johan.
Ed’s experiences at Pearl Harbor are described best by Pearl Harbor’s website itself, which wrote a piece on Ed for his 95th birthday. Click the photo of Ed see this story:
Here is an article written 6 years ago by our current Board President, Mick McLean:
Ed Johann in his museum Board President photo:
This statue represents a hero, not only of Pearl Harbor, but also the Portland, Lincoln City, and North Lincoln County Historical Museum communities. Thank you, Ed!