- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Assuming you mean "Kilroy" as in "Kilroy was here":
One theory identifies James J. Kilroy, an American shipyard inspector, as the man behind the signature. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts and served in the Legislature; during World War II he worked in a shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he used the phrase to note equipment he had checked. Millions of service men saw the slogan on the outgoing ships and all they knew was that "Kilroy" had been there first. Service men began placing the graffiti wherever the US Forces landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.
The New York Times reported this as the origin in 1946, with the addition that Kilroy had marked the ships themselves as they were being built - so, at a later date, the phrase would be found chalked in places that no graffiti-artist could have got to (inside sealed hull spaces, for example), which then fed the mythical significance of the phrase - after all, if Kilroy could leave his mark there, who knew what else he could do?Source(s): http://www.answers.com/topic/kilroy-was-here
- 1 decade ago
The brother of Kill Bill?