"I was so happy. I ran out in the street," said McDuffie, then 18 and on his way to visit his girlfriend in Brooklyn. "And then I saw that nurse," he said. "She saw me hollering and with a big smile on my face ... I just went right to her and kissed her." McDuffie said the kiss was prompted by the realisation that his older brother, W D, would soon be coming home from a Japanese prison camp.