The Wartime DOC
Commerce’s Contributions in World War II
With the onset of war in December 1941, the Department of Commerce, like the rest of the nation, mobilized to support the war effort. The Department’s bureaus assisted with a range of federal wartime activities—including some of the most important inventions and initiatives of World War II, and some of the government’s actions motivated by fear and anti-Japanese discrimination. The Department of Commerce played a vital role in Allied victory, and left a legacy of innovation and protections for citizens which Americans still benefit from today.