My dad was a WWII veteran and I remember seeing this graffitti everywhere when I was a kid and even of cartoons from that era like Bugs Bunny. I never knew where it got started. A friend sent this to me today in an email, I'd give it attribution but I don't know where it originated. -Bill
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 prizeof 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.