U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > History
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 03-20-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: On the periphery
200 posts, read 490,469 times
Reputation: 281

Advertisements

There are probably few people who haven't heard of the inscription 'Kilroy was here,' usually accompanied by a drawing of a little man peering over a wall. During WWII and afterward the words appeared on equipment all over the world. It was a social phenomenon that took on a life of its own. The origin was a mystery until a radio contest was held in 1946, asking that the original Kilroy identify himself. Nearly forty claimants came forward, but one, James Kilroy of Halifax, Massachusetts, brought sufficient proof and witnesses to claim the prize. The following links give more detail:

WW II Encyclopedia -- Kilroy Was Here

How 'Kilroy Was Here' Changed the World | LiveScience
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-20-2011, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Colorado
1,712 posts, read 3,450,191 times
Reputation: 1757
neat!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-24-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
8,262 posts, read 17,823,027 times
Reputation: 10129
Groovy!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-24-2011, 01:08 PM
 
9,965 posts, read 16,736,288 times
Reputation: 9193
Quote:
Japanese troops were so mystified by a "Kilroy Was Here" painted on a bombed out tank on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal that they reported the find to their senior intelligence officers, according to a U.S. Marine interviewed by World War II author Timothy Benford.

Hitler supposed that Kilroy was some kind of "Super-GI" or spy, other unconfirmed reports have stated, and ordered a contingent of men to track down the sneaky American. He would never be found.
That's pretty funny....
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-26-2011, 09:35 PM
 
22,346 posts, read 65,720,202 times
Reputation: 44926
"Along the way, someone added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence, and that became part of the Kilroy message."

Long what...???
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-27-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
4,787 posts, read 4,642,737 times
Reputation: 5825
Thats "peering" after nose, not "peeing".
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > History

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2023, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top