Kilroy Was Here!
"Kilroy was here" is an American popular culture expression, often seen in graffiti. Its origins are debated, but the phrase and the distinctive accompanying doodle—a bald-headed man (possibly with a few hairs) with a prominent nose peeking over a wall with the fingers of each hand clutching the wall—is widely known among U.S. residents who lived during World War II. This was engraved on the World War II Memorial (I believe in two places ?). I missed seeing this when I was there in 09, but will look for it when I am there later this year in 12. : )
My cousin, Dick and his wife Marion, inherited a house from her parents. Today he started to remove asbestos from the heating system in the cellar. I went down to view the project and saw KILROY drawn upon a doorway that led into the root cellar. I asked him about it. He said his wife's dad, Ray Ryder was in the Kilroy in 1800s home. Click image for larger view Signal Corps inWW2 and that it was him who drew the sketch on the door sometime in the 1950s. I thought you might be interested
I belonged to the 552 Airborne Warning and Control Wing but had been detailed to the Royal Saudi Air Force. In June of 1991 I was faced with a long weekend so a buddy and I grabbed a car and headed into Kuwait to look around. We came across this artillery piece near the bridge between the Kuwait mainland and Bubiyan Island and it seemed to be the perfect place for Kilroy to visit. He is peering over an E-3 rotodome which is the large black and white saucer on the back of the airplane that contai
Kilroy on Seinfeld Thanks to Mike Weirauch It seems to be only in the early seasons but kilroy can be seen as a refrigerator magnet on Jerry's refrigerator. The one I noticed it in was one where Jerry hadn't watched a Mets game so he taped it. During the part where Kramer comes and ruins the ending of the Mets game that Jerry taped, Kilroy is visible towards the top of the refrigerator.
Legend #1: This Legend of how "Kilroy was here" starts is with James J. Kilroy, a shipyard inspector during WWII. He chalked the words on bulkheads to show that he had been there and inspected the riveting in the newly constructed ship. To the troops in those ships, however, it was a complete mystery — all they knew for sure was that he had "been there first." As a joke, they began placing the graffiti wherever they (the US forces) landed or went, claiming it was already there when they arrived.