Mendonsa died Sunday, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.
Mendonsa was a uniformed sailor in the United States navy when he was photographed kissing a woman in a nurse's uniform on 14 August 1945, the day Japan surrendered.
It was one of four photographs taken by Alfred Eisenstadt as a round-up of celebration pictures for Life magazine.
In fact, the woman was just a couple feet away looking on as Mendonsa kissed Zimmer.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92.
His passing came just two days before he was due to celebrate his 96th birthday.
What isn't often mentioned about the photo is that Mendonsa is not actually kissing his girlfriend.
People spilled onto New York City streets to celebrate the news and Mr Mendonsa planted a kiss on Ms Friedman, whom he had never met.
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Physical indicators, including the sailor's large hands and eyebrow scar were used as evidence to prove that Mendonsa was the man captured in the photo.
As the ideal strangers locked lips, world famous photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt snapped four pictures in just 10 seconds.
"I saw the nurse".
Mendonsa revealed the reason behind the kiss was that Friedman reminded him of the nurses that would care for wounded sailors on the ship - and he had drunk a few alcoholic beverages.
Several people later claimed to be the kissing couple, but it took facial recognition technology before Mendonsa and Friedman were finally confirmed to be the couple.
Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.
The author said years went by before either of them knew they were photographed during the kiss.
George Mendonsa says he was unaware of the Times Square photograph for 35 years.
In 2015, Mendonsa spoke about the kiss as he was honored at the Rhode Island State House. "So when I saw the nurse I grabbed her, and I kissed her". "It wasn't a romantic event". "If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture", the photographer later wrote in his book.
"It was just somebody really celebrating", Friedman said.