Cornhuskers Go To War

Ord's Al Zikmund hauls in a 33-yard TD pass from Hermie Rohrig to put the Huskers ahead in the '41 Rose Bowl.

"The book is totally brilliant, Tom! Bravo! Your research is phenomenal, your writing is excellent and your story-telling is movie and TV-worthy."
                          --Marylou Luther Imparato

                                 UNL Alumnus, sister of Husker halfback Butch Luther           UNL Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

                                 Former Fashion Editor, Los Angeles Times                            Author of "Clotheslines," a weekly question-answer column on fashion


"Excellent book and an awesome read about the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the World War II era."
                          --Wilfred Marks

                                 Amazon customer

Cornhuskers Go To War

Revisit Yesteryear . . .

and build a better Today


Cornhuskers Go To War is much, much more than the story of American heroes who played a whale of a football game.

There's football and Big Red pride, of course, but the themes of Cornhuskers Go To War are the themes of American grit, patriotism, and pride—especially the pride that comes from standing up for freedom. In the pages of this book you can find the entire spectrum of American identity: immigration, the search for religious freedom and economic opportunity, pioneer life, the Blizzard of 1888, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the draft, World War II on its various fronts—including the home front—and post-war America.

Add to that the elements of the story specific to Nebraska—rural life across the generations, Plains migration, the Republican River floods of 1935, the North Platte Canteen, the Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot, and so much more—and you begin to capture a sense of the scope of this project.


Read about Uncle Henry Sinjen, who got caught up in the nationwide Blizzard of '88 as he drove his team and wagon back home from an errand in Minden. Thrill with Al Zikmund as he saves up to buy his first shotgun so that he can help add to the family's food supply during the Depression.  Offer your neighbors the use of the one good set of tires in town, and don't ask for anything in return. Ride the train with Shelton's Rosalie Lippincott, and help her make sure the angel food cakes stay fresh for the troops at the depot in North Platte. Weep with Ruth Bonahoom as she reads through the War Department's letter informing her of her little brother Bob's heroic death in battle in the Pacific.

Cornhuskers Go To War is a synopsis of what it means to be a Nebraskan, what it means to be an American. The book explores the connections between then and now, and builds a case for the continued greatness of this nation, a greatness that rests now on the shoulders of current and future generations of Americans.

Dive into the pages of Cornhuskers Go To War, and re-discover the qualities that has made this country the destination of choice, the destination of freedom and opportunity, since its inception.

Educators and civic groups: Use the links on this site's CONTACT page to reach out to authors Tom Kruger and Jeff Hower to inquire about using Cornhuskers Go To War in your classroom or for your event or to schedule a book-talk or traveling museum presentation.

Students at Grand Island Senior High re-create

  the Korean War Memorial during a Veteran's

  Day Parade in Grand Island.