Heroes on the Homefront


The Louisiana Petrochemical Industry’s Contribution to Winning World War II

The following link will bring you to a five-minute film, titled Heroes on the Homefront.

The Louisiana Chemical Association produced the film recently to highlight some of those invaluable wartime contributions, from high octane gasoline, to tetraethyl lead to synthetic rubber, to name just a few.

Heroes on the Homefront is the first of three films that we’re doing about the past and the future of Louisiana’s chemical industry. 
Our industry has a storied history and a very, very bright future.

One of the other films will discuss what gave birth to this industry over a century ago and what has helped it grow over many, many years.
The third film of the trilogy will describe the renaissance that we are experiencing and the billions of dollars of investment that are anchoring our facilities and priming them for competition that we will face from distant corners of the globe.  Matt Dardenne and his colleagues at Red Six Media in Baton Rouge are the creative talent for our series. 

Heroes on the Homefront is about a very short span in the history of our Louisiana chemical industry, just a few years prior to the mid-point of the 20th century. They were defining years for our state, for our country and for the world. These were years first of uncertainty, then of hope, then of victory. They are why the National World War II Museum in New Orleans exists -- to remind us and those who follow us how The Greatest Generation won the war and preserved the peace.

The museum was originally named the National D-Day Museum. It is the brainchild of the great American historian, Dr. Stephen Ambrose. Ambrose, a UNO professor, thought it was a perfect fit for this complex to be in New Orleans, the home of the Higgins Boat that played such a huge role in winning the war.

The Higgins Boat figures prominently in the D-Day classic, Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks.  The movie is considered the most realistic representation of the Sixth of June, 1944.

Just prior to the release of the film, its director, the great Stephen Spielberg, called Ambrose and asked him to preview the movie. Spielberg said he could make some minor modifications if, in the opinion of Ambrose, they would add realism.  Spielberg flew the movie to New Orleans so Ambrose could have a private viewing.

The next day, the great historian called the great director with one recommendation:  “You’ve got to get rid of Tom Hanks.”

Shocked and silent, the great director finally asked the great historian, “Why?”

“Because,” said Ambrose, “nobody that old would have been leading troops on D-Day.

They were all so young, and we owe them all so much.

We hope that you will enjoy Heroes on the Homefront.

Please feel free to use whatever you wish from the film and, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Rob Landry at or Dan Borné at


Heroes on the Homefront - Vimeo from Red Six Media on Vimeo.

Click the link below to read the corresponding story from the Fall 2013 edition of LCA's Alliance Magazine: 


World War II Reminds Us of the Many Ways Louisiana's Chemical Industry Contributes


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