The War

The War: Nebraska Stories


Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, Feb. 1, 1943 (Photo courtesy of AP Images)

THE WAR on PBS is a 15-hour, seven-part series that initially debuted on NET Television Sept. 23, 2007. This series tells the story of World War II through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four representative American towns. It was produced and directed Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

This website gives background on the project and participants as well as additional videos, images, timeline, lesson plans for educators, and many more resources.


World War II on NET

More than 600 admirers and former comrades in arms packed the Embassy Suites conference center in Lincoln Aug. 1, 2005 to honor World War II hero Ben Kuroki and to watch the world premiere of Most Honorable Son, a documentary about his life. The program is a co-production of NET Television and KDN Films. Kuroki is pictured with his wife of 61 years, Shige. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Binder Photography)

NET has produced a number of programs focusing on Nebraskans and the parts they played in the World War II war effort.

MOST HONORABLE SON, a co-production of NET Television and KDN Films, examines how Nebraskan Ben Kuroki became the first and most famous Japanese-American WWII hero.

THE CANTEEN SPIRIT tells the moving story of the North Platte Canteen, where residents of 125 Nebraska towns gathered to offer food and support to millions of GIs passing through North Platte.

ALL HELL CAN'T STOP US looks at the important role Nebrask's 134th National Guard Infantry Regiment played in WWII.

WAR LETTERS: LETTERS HOME FROM SOLDIERS AT WAR contains readings of World War II letters from and to Nebraskans.

The NEBRASKA STUDIES website also includes a large amount of material about Nebraska and WWII in general.

NET Television's NEXT EXIT series has a segment on BUILDING BOMBS ON THE PLAINS.

NET Television's NEBRASKA STORIES series tells the story of THE LIBERATORS.

KYNE Television with the cooperation of the University of Nebraska-Omaha produced THE WAR COMES TO NEBRASKA about the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant.

Stories from Nebraska Veterans

Video interviews with some of our state's WWII veterans
edited with war footage provided by the Durham Western Heritage Museum's WWII film collection

The Start of War

Ordnance Plant

Start of
North Platte Canteen

Mothers & Sons

Pearl Harbor


Exercise Tiger

Hill 122

Mexican Americans
Chosen First

Peleliu Island

Sunk Ship:
USS Bismarck Sea

Munich Air Raid

The Green Letters

Hastings Naval
Ammunition Depot

Radical Experiment

Heroes Not Welcome

Latino Pride

Nebraskan War Hero

Concentration Camps



Atomic Bomb Experience

After the Atomic Bomb

End of World War II