World War II

Huff and Puff Not Enough to Destroy This Straw Building

Everyone has heard that necessity is the mother of invention. This is best exemplified in times of war, when the necessities of a country are tested to the maximum. During World War II, architects and builders were forced to find many alternatives to common building materials. But few alternatives have shown themselves to be as phenomenal and innovative as the construction of the Lone Oak restaurant in Lincoln.

G.I. Josephine

13197 Ruth in OutfitThe Nebraska State Historical Society  received a wonderful donation from the American Red Cross.  In addition to a scrapbook, photographs, and other documents, the Society received a skirt and field jacket covered in

Charles “Mutt” Davison receives the Silver Star

Charles “Mutt” Davison, a Lincoln resident and former University of Nebraska football and basketball player, was awarded the Silver Star on May 21, 1945 for heroic conduct in action. Davison served with the 11th Armored Division in Germany during World War II. On April 2, 1945, Davison left Ruckingen, Germany with several other soldiers in a mail truck bound for the Division Class I supply distributing point. While passing through the town of Wolferborn, the truck was fired upon by German soldiers, and one of the Americans in the truck was injured.

Recent Acquisition: POW Scrapbook

The Library/Archives recently acquired a scrapbook relating to a Nebraskan’s military service during World War II and his capture and imprisonment in a German POW camp.  Quentin M. Coyle, a native of Valley, Nebraska, served as a Liberator bomber pilot during the war.  On April 24, 1944, Coyle’s plane was shot down over Germany and he was forced to parachute to safety.

Nebraska Town Gets Bombed

“Unknown Planes Drop Six Bombs on Tarnov.”  This was the headline from the Columbus Daily Telegram on August 16, 1943.  The article states that, “Two unidentified planes dropped practice bombs on the village of Tarnov between 4 and 4:30 a.m. today.  By noon authorities had accounted for six bombs.”

Unknown Planes Drop Six Bombs on Tarnov

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