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Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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!! 

Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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?
Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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
that claim,

but only James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts,
had evidence of his identity.

Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
'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
rivets and

put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk,
so the
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
through

and count the rivets a second time,
resulting in
double pay for the riveters.


Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!

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
themselves to

lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy
decided to

stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his check

mark on each job he inspected, but added
'KILROY WAS
HERE'

in
king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually

added the
sketch of the chap with the long nose peering

over the fence and
that became part of the Kilroy message.


Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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
fast

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
produced.


Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
His message apparently rang a
bell with the servicemen,

because they picked it up
and spread it all over

Europe and the South
Pacific.


Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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,
however,

he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was

that someone named Kilroy had "been there first."
As a
joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti

wherever they
landed, claiming it was

already there when they
arrived.


Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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.

Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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!

Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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
and

asked his aide(in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"


Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
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,
Massachusetts.


Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
And The Tradition
Continues...

Historic Humor:KILROY WAS HERE!
EVEN Outside Osama Bin Laden's
House!!!
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