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    Joseph Stalin said "Who the heck was Kilroy" !!!!!

    Adolf Hilter shouted “Who the hell is Kilroy" !!!!!

    Even the Allies and Axis Generals, all the way down to the frontline soldiers, airmen and naval mens in the battlefield, were puzzle, "Who was Kilroy" ?
    Kilroy have appeared in all battlefields front, from the battles of jungles and islands of the Pacific to the battlefields of European front.

    This is a kind of a war story but great piece of history.
    No one knew why he was so well known but we all joined in.








    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.

    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.
    Kilroy 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.
    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 checkmark 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.
    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 war on, however, ships were leaving the shipyard 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.
    His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the Pacific.



    Before war's end, "Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Rome, Berlin and Tokyo.

    To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that some jerk 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.

    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 l’Arc De Triomphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.)

    As the war went on, the legend grew.
    During the invasion of the island of Peleliu (the Palau Islands) in Sep 1944,
    just before the first wave of Marines were to go in, naval man spotted something in the rocks on an outcropping of land and got curious enough to borrow a pair of binoculars from the quartermaster to check it out.
    The navy man then shouted out, "Kilroy was here!" Everybody in the pilothouse was caught by surprise.
    But there it was, about a thousand yards from the first landing beach, at the top of a pile of rocks, was a sign that said, "Kilroy Was Here!"
    No one had an explanation for how it got there. No American could have done that and no Jap would do it.
    The USMC were the first in, and no one in the landing party had made it ashore at that time.

    When United States' underwater demolition teams (now known as Navy Seal) 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).
    They reported seeing painting of the Kilroy logo!

    Joseph Stalin said "Who the heck was Kilroy" !!!!!
    In a heavy security guarded outhouse, 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 the heck was Kilroy?"

    Adolf Hilter shouted “Who the hell is Kilroy" !!!!!
    During World War II, Adolf Hitler was paranoid as sin about one particular insurgent that seemed to get into every heavily secure places in occupied Europe and Nazi Germany,
    he had his best men actively searching for this spy, and had ordered all his troops to shoot the menace.
    The "spy" Hitler was looking for was none other than Kilroy.
    Actually, GI's in occupied territory and spies in the German army were vandalizing Nazi bases and equipment with the little kilroy drawing, along with the words, "Killroy was here..."

    It wasn't meant as anything more than a prank, there was so much graffitti that Hilter feared for his life, thinking, "Kilroy is going to get me!"
    During the last days of the war in April 1945, Hilter was convinced Kilroy could penetrate into any secure area and feared for his own safety thinking Kilroy was certain to kill him.
    Hilter then decided not to go anywhere else but to move to his underground command bunker in Berlin.
    It's nice to think that a little bit of vandalism indirectly helped to end World War II.





    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 front yard in Halifax , Massachusetts.



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    After World War II, Kilroy appeared in movies, Korean War, Vietnam War and even till today Iraq War.

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    Kilroy in Iraq


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    Kilroy at an old Iraqi aircraft hangar in Al Taqaddum Airbase in Iraq.
    Al Taqaddum is situated about seven miles from Fallujah and 35 miles west of Baghdad.
    Kilroy's been there ever since US army showed up. No one knows how he got there either.
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    Kilroy is popular even today.

    Kilroy at World War II memorial in Washington DC


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    Interesting read .. thanks for taking to time

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    This is really funny and interesting! Thanks!

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    kekeke very interesting read!~
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    Absolutely fabulous reading, enjoyed it!

    I'm quite familiar with the famous sign except for its origin.

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