In July 1942 — seven months after Pearl Harbor — World-Herald publisher Henry Doorly launched a statewide scrap-metal drive that would let the homefront give hands-on support to troops fighting in World War II.
Counties across the state engaged in spirited competition to collect the most metal, which could be melted down to become ships, planes, tanks and ammo.
Other states adopted the “Nebraska Plan,” too. Alongside war bond rallies and Victory Gardens, Doorly’s scrap-metal drives turned into one of the signature homefront initiatives of World War II.
Do you remember the scrap metal drives? Did you hear about them from your parents or grandparents? Tell us your story. Submissions should be no more than 300 words and include contact information where we can reach you.
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