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Dedication of Marine Corps War Memorial at Quantico Virginia, and sculptor Felix de Weldon working on sculpture for Arlington location.

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial original statue during its unveiling ceremony at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia on November 10, 1951 (This is after the statue had been moved from its original Constitution Avenue location in Washington DC in 1947, and subsequently renovated under sculptor de Weldon's supervision while it was in Quantico.). A sign on the memorial reads "Uncommon valor was a common virtue, 1945." Next scenes show sculptor Felix de Weldon as he works to build the larger Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was dedicated in November 1954. Felix de Weldon measuring a model of the flag raising on Iwo Jima made by him. de Weldon and others on his team work to carve the large war memorial in plaster before it is cast in bronze. Views of the sculpted faces of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima: Faces of John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block and Michael Strank. Brief glimpse of the original flag raising scene on Mount Suribachi in February 1945. Next scene, circa 1954 or 1955, shows the completed Marine Corps War Memorial in bronze, in Arlington Virginia, with Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial landmarks of Washington DC in the background. Close-up views of faces of a young boy, an elderly woman, and a middle aged man who removes his hat. American flag fluttering in the breeze atop the war memorial.

Date: 1955
Duration: 5 min 35 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Service men and civilians compete during shooting events at Camp Perry, Ohio, and at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, United States.

A film about uses and importance of weapons since old times in the United States. Camp Perry in Ohio. Military Trophies and civilian NRA trophies for world series in marksmanship placed on a table. Service personnel and civilians at Camp Perry. Insignia on the back of the shirt of a participant. A 5th Infantry Division insignia on the back of a man. National Small Arms School instructors brief civilians and personnel in operation and firing of M-1 rifles. Participants fire rifles at a range during a competition. U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Matthew B. Ridgway presents trophies to winners of the competition at a ceremony in Washington DC. Scene changes to show a group of boys, all members of the Fairlington Junior Rifle Club in Arlington County, Virginia. The boys (and one girl also seen) wear shooting jackets with various patches commemorating NRA and other events. Boys seated on the ground. The boys and girls take prone position and fire rifles at a range at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, during an outing, supported by the U.S. Army. Some of the children use their own rifless, modified for lighter weight. They cross the range together to look at targets. An instructor helps a boy. A boy loads a rifle and fires it. He looks through binoculars to check the accuracy of his shot. Sergent Stuart Queen at a desk as he speaks.

Date: 1955
Duration: 5 min 59 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Aerial view of historical buildings and monuments in Washington DC.

A DC-3 lands at Washington-Hoover airport, precursor to Washington National Airport. Lee Mansion and the grounds of Arlington Cemetery are visible in the background. Shadow of blimp airship over landscape of Northern Virginia. Aerial view of the United States Capitol Building, D.C. downtown, Union Station and 14th Street Bridge as seen from a blimp. Point of view shots inside blimp cockpit, looking out and down on Washington DC landmarks. Aerial view from blimp of the Highway Bridge swing-span through-truss bridge, roughly in the 14th Street Bridge area (The "Highway Bridge" no longer exists). Aerial view from blimp of Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery. View inside Arlington Memorial Amphitheater. A guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.

Date: 1936
Duration: 52 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
Former Estate of General Robert E Lee and grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

View of a statue of American General Ulysses S Grant. Scene changes to show the former estate home of General Robert E Lee (Arlington House, or the Custis-Lee Mansion, and later the Robert E. Lee Memorial) seen on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, with grave markers nearby. A view of many graves on a sloping hillside of the cemetery. Flowers adorn an area inside the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater at the cemetery. A small group of visitors stands near the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier at Arlington. View of the Washington monument faintly in the distance, and the Potomac River in the distance. Flowers placed at the tomb.

Date: 1921
Duration: 52 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Headquarters Company U.S. Army drill during ongoing physical training serving the U.S. Army Military District of Washington

U.S. Army personnel assigned to the Military District of Washington DC undergo a physical training in Washington DC. At the U.S. Army Military District of Washington soldiers perform drills during ongoing physical training and maintenance. Soldiers stand in formation (this appears to be near grounds of the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia with George Washington Memorial Parkway in background) and their platoon Sergeant, Master Sergeant Queen, inspects them. Shown is the insignia of the unit: a sword across the Washington Monument.

Date: 1955
Duration: 1 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
World War 2 commuters in Washington DC; views of new Pentagon War Department Building and DC security personnel

A documentary depicts activities of U.S. Department of War workers in the United States during World War 2. Scenes of various 1940's clocks on bedside tables. War department workers wake up with the alarms. They get ready for work. Cars passing on the streets of Washington DC. Buildings along the sides of the street. People lined up waiting for public conveyance. A bus arrives. Bus and car traffic on the "Highway Bridge" over the Potomac River toward Arlington Virginia. (The Highway Bridge, a swing-span through-truss bridge, was part of the 14th Street Bridge complex over the years. It was eventually replaced by the George Mason Memorial Bridge, and in 1967 the Highway Bridge was removed and taken to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren Virginia, to be used for bombing practice). View of the newly built Pentagon War Department building in Arlington Virginia, and views of large parking lots at the Pentagon filled with cars. Workers walking inside the Pentagon building corridors. A line of women seated and working at telephone switchboards in the Pentagon, and consulting an updated telephone directory. A sign at the door of a room reads 'Security Office, Identification Section'. A woman goes inside. Woman named 'Phyllis Hood' gets her identification card and finger prints for her identification in the office. She is seen taking an oath. Hood working at her desk. She files statistical reports. Exteriors of various Washington DC buildings being guarded by United States Army personnel for the Military District of Washington during World War II. A covered anti-aircraft gun installation in Washington DC is shown opening as US Army soldiers take up positions to use the artillery during practice drills. A guard standing outside the White House building.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 14 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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