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At the World War II Memorial this replica graffiti is cut in stone and hidden in a maintenance area out of view of the crowds. The Kilroy phrase was made famous during the war by US troops who left it as their calling card in improbable locations all over the world. According to the BBC, it was coined by ship inspector James J Kilroy who used a yellow crayon on the inside of ship's steel hulls to prove to his superiors that he was doing his job, and to remind the riviters that their work was being checked. The soldiers discovered the mark and Kilroy came to symbolize the uber GI who got there first.

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