|Historic Humor：KILROY WAS HERE!|
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Very timely story as we Memorialize or Celebrationg the ending of the WWII 70 years ago in 1945!!
He is engraved in stone in the
National War Memorial in Washington, DC,
back in a small alcove
where very few people have seen it.
For the WWII generation, this
will bring back memories.
For you younger folks, it's a bit of
trivia that is a part of our American history.
Anyone born in 1913 to
about 1950, is familiar with Kilroy.
No one knew why he was so well known,
but everybody seemed to get into it.
So who was Kilroy?
In 1946 the American Transit
Association, through its radio program,
"Speak to America,"
sponsored a nationwide contest to
find the real Kilroy, offering a
prize of a real trolley car to the person
who could prove himself
to be the genuine article.
Almost 40 men stepped forward to make
but only James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts,
had evidence of his identity.
'Kilroy' was a 46-year old
shipyard worker during the
war who worked as a
checker at the Fore River Shipyard
in Quincy. His job was to go
around and check on the
number of rivets completed. Riveters were
on piecework and
got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of
put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk,
rivets wouldn't be counted twice.
When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters
would erase the mark.
Later on, an off-shift inspector would come
and count the rivets a second time,
double pay for the riveters.
One day Kilroy's boss called him
into his office.
The foreman was upset
about all the wages being paid
to riveters, and asked him to
investigate. It was then
he realized what had been going on. The
tight spaces he
had to crawl in to check the rivets didn't lend
lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy
stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his check
mark on each job he inspected, but added
king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually
sketch of the chap with the long nose peering
over the fence and
that became part of the Kilroy message.
Once he did that, the riveters
stopped trying to wipe
away his marks. Ordinarily
the rivets and chalk marks
would have been covered up with paint.
With the war on,
however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so
that there wasn't time to paint them. As a result,
Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of
servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard
His message apparently rang a
bell with the servicemen,
because they picked it up
and spread it all over
Europe and the South
Before war's end, "Kilroy" had
been here, there,
and everywhere on the long
hauls to Berlin and Tokyo.
To the troops outbound in those ships,
he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was
that someone named Kilroy had "been there first."
joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti
landed, claiming it was
already there when they
Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI
who had always
"already been" wherever
GIs went. It became a challenge
to place the logo in the most
unlikely places imaginable
it is said to be atop Mt. Everest, the
Statue of Liberty,
the underside of the Arc de Triomphe,
and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.
As the war went on, the legend
grew. Underwater demolition
teams routinely sneaked
ashore on Japanese-held Islands in the
Pacific to map the terrain
for coming invasions by
U.S. troops（and thus, presumably, were the
first GI's there）.
On one occasion, however, they reported seeing
enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!
In 1945, an outhouse was built
for the exclusive use of Roosevelt,
Stalin, and Churchill at
the Potsdam conference.
Its' first occupant was Stalin, who emerged
asked his aide（in Russian）, "Who is Kilroy?"
To help prove his
authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy
brought along officials from the
shipyard and some
of the riveters. He won
the trolley car, which he gave to
his nine children as a Christmas
gift and set it up as a
playhouse in the Kilroy yard in Halifax,
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