Montage of scenes dealing with Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War 2. Bombs exploding and ships on fire; Japanese airplane diving from formation; a jeep driving past a burning airplane; hangars burning; Sailors firing anti-aircraft guns from an American ship; A New Orleans class American Cruiser firing her 8-inch guns; A South Dakota Class battleship firing her 16-inch guns; Group of American M3 Stuart light tanks in a field; U.S. Aviation Cadets marching between rows of Boeing Stearman Model 75 training biplanes; American soldiers marching in huge formations; Paratroopers in training jumps from towers; Troops climbing aboard a troop ship, from a landing craft; Marines in a landing craft carrying a large American flag; Landing craft in an amphious assault; Troops coming ashore from a Higgins boat, during training; An amphibious invasion task force at dusk; Troops wading ashore during the invasion of France in World War II, with barrage balloons aloft and support ships offshore. Staged scene of soldier on transport ship using flash light to read letter from home. Capital warships firing heavy guns and soldiers descending rope nets to enter landing craft. Soldiers landing on shore from Higgins Boats during training, and then on the shores of Normandy during the D-day invasion. American tank crew on an M26 Pershing tank. Major General George Patton with 1st Armored Division patch on his uniform sleeve. General George Marshall. General Dwight D. Eisenhower decorating an officer. Lieutenant General Henry (Hap) Arnold. Paratroopers jumping en masse from C-47 transport planes. German forces retreating in trucks along a road. Japanese General Yoshijirō Umezu, Chief of the Army General Staff, signing Surrender document aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II, in the pacific. Glimpse of troop ship arriving in a U.S. harbor. View of U.S. military cemetery. Scene shifts to John Charles Daly, speaking in front of wall with names of Medal of Honor recipients, in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, in 1968.
John Charles Daly discussing the Medal of Honor and the Spanish American War. Scenes of waves crashing on shores. Mr. Daly standing in the Hall of Heroes, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. speaks about Americans called to do battle outside the United States. Map of Cuba with flame and smoke over Havana Harbor. Officials around a conference table. A poster with picture of the USS Maine and words: "Remember the Maine." Excerpts from films depicting events in the Spanish-American War. The Spanish flag being lowered and replaced by the American flag. Back in the Hall of Heroes, Mr. Daly points to names of 30 Medal of Honor recipients from the Spanish-American War, on the wall. He notes they were the first to win Army Medals of Honor on foreign soil. He states that 81 Navy and Marine Corps fighting men were also awarded the medal.
John Charles Daly, standing in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, speaks about recipients of the Medal of Honor during the Civil War and Indian Campaigns. Excerpts from films about those events are then shown. A newspaper headline reads 'Southern States withdraw from Union'. Men fire artillery during the American Civil War in 1861. Soldiers mounted on horseback advance on a battlefield. A montage of current day scenes show battlefield at Gettysburg and various memorial statues commemorating Union soldiers of the Civil War. . Mr. Daly points at names of Civil War Union heroes (1861-1865) and heroes of Indian Campaigns (1861-1898) in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in Virginia.
John Charles Daly stands in the Hall of Heroes, at the Pentagon, in front of large replicas of the Medals of Honor. He extols the courage of Medal of Honor recipients whose names appear on the wall behind him. Camera backs away, revealing the three types of medals flanked by American flags and with the words: "Hall of Heroes," displayed above them. Camera retreats down the hall away from the display to a fade out.
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.
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.