Time magazine used a cover photo of Macon’s Thomas Kilgore for its Army Man of the Year for 1944 because it symbolized the loneliness and fatigue of war. The image of a battleweary Kilgore also ran in Life magazine and dozens of newspapers. Kilgore returned from World War II and worked as an electrician in the maintenance department for the Bibb County Board of Education. He never married and lived in the same house where he grew up in the Peach Orchard neighborhood of south Macon, now know as Lynmore Estates. Although it cannot be verified, some believe Kilgore might have been the inspiration for the “Kilroy Was Here” cartoons.