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Service and Sacrifice  


For nearly a century, Nebraska scouts have fulfilled the tenets of the scout oath, scout law, scout motto, and scout slogan by serving their communities, their state, and their country. Some of them have made the supreme sacrifice.


Inspired by the slogan, "Every Scout to Feed a Soldier," Boy Scouts in Nebraska and throughout the country planted thousands of gardens in 1917-18 to support U.S. participation in World War I. Scouts also sold nearly $200 million worth of bonds and savings stamps as represented by this poster. Artist Joseph Christian Leyendecker, who emigrated from Germany in 1882, is noted for more than three hundred Saturday Evening Post covers.
Source: 4541-44, courtesy of Addison E. Sheldon, Lincoln


      

Scouts also made many contributions to allied victory in World War II.
Source: 4541-710, 712, courtesy of Addison E. Sheldon, Lincoln


Nebraska Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, such as these from Lincoln in 1943, helped "get in the scrap" during World War II.
Source: RG2183:PH1943-08-11:5


When the Nebraska Theater at 1144 P Street in Lincoln featured the Paramount film Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout in June 1944, local scouts took advantage of the screening to remind theater-goers that scouting develops character and good citizenship.
Source: RG2183:PH1944-06-28:6


William E. Green (1925-1945)




Corp. William E. Green, a former Lincoln Cub Scout and Boy Scout, made the supreme sacrifice for his country when he died in Germany on February 27, 1945, of wounds received in action. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart posthumously.
Source: RG2025, William E. Green Collection



William E. Green's Cub Scout shirt and neckerchief. He probably made the "woggle" used to fasten the neckerchief. In 1930 the Boy Scouts of America established a program for boys ages 9 to 11. At first the program was called "Cubbing" and the boys were called "Cubs," as indicated above the right breast pocket of the shirt and on the neckerchief. In 1945 the names were changed to "Cub Scouting" and "Cub Scouts."
Source: 9234-45; 9234-33, William E. Green, courtesy of Norma Kidd Green, Lincoln



William E. Green's Wolf Cubs membership card and a photograph of Pack 9 members Eddie Allen, "Billy" Green, Max Miller, and Chuck Bouwsma, 1935.
Source: RG2025, William E. Green Collection



These manuals, one from 1943 and the other from 1951, span the 1945 name change from Cubbing to Cub Scouting. In 1949 the age range for Cub Scouts became 8 to 10. In the mid-1980s "Tiger Cubs" was created as a beginning scouting program for first grade boys.
Source: NSHS Collections Department Reference Library




William E. Green's Boy Scout shirt and merit badge sash. The patch on the left breast pocket signifies the rank of "Star Scout," meaning he had earned at least five but fewer than ten merit badges. The badges on the sash represent firemanship, safety, carpentry, drafting, personal health, first aid, and home repairs.
Source: 9234-37; 9324-34, William E. Green, courtesy of Norma Kidd Green, Lincoln

   
Certificate attesting that William E. Green had earned the rank of Star Scout, and his study guide for the physical development merit badge.
Source: RG2025, William E. Green Collection.

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