Operations aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS Essex (CVA-9) during amphibious deployment of U.S. Marines to Beirut, Lebanon, in 1958. Sailor writes information on plexiglass board as he receives it through headset earphones. Sailors monitor radar scopes. Room is dimly lit and light reflects off their faces as they receive information and converse on interphone. Radar man, holds mike and speaks a while monitoring scope. Navigator plots positions on a navigation chart in chart room aboard the USS Essex. Chart and notes indicate the ship's position in the Mediterranean, as 270 miles from Nicosia, Cyprus, and 480 miles from Beirut, Lebanon. (Note on chart states that flight over Cyprus is prohibited.)
Opens showing views of the U.S. Pavilion at the Brussels Fair. An array of international flags and artistic fountains grace the Pavilion. Glimpse of the relatively plain Exhibition Hall of the Soviet Union. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser shakes hand with Nikita Khrushchev 1st Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Nasser speaking to the 600-member assembly of the new United Arab Republic (encompassing Egypt and Syria). Arabs marching with banners. King Faisal II of Iraq and his uncle, Abdul Ilah, step to a podium. Faisal II riding in a horse-drawn carriage. View of seaport in Lebanon. A U.S. Naval task force is visible, arriving in response to a request for aid from Lebanon. U.S. marines in an amphibious landing near Beirut. They establish a beachhead as local Lebanese watch and applaud. The marines load artillery and ammunition on the beach. The scene changes to the island of Quemoy in the Taiwan Strait, where entrenched KMT troops of Chiang Kai-Shek, are seen scrambling as they undergo constant shelling from mainland China. The American Destroyer, USS Ammen (DD-527) is seen underway on patrol in the Taiwan Strait. U.S. Navy vessels provide relief supplies to the bombarded Islands in the Taiwan Strait. Landing craft are loaded with essential supplies for delivery. Sailors are seen throwing sacks of foodstuffs over their ship railing into a landing craft below. A line of laden landing craft follow in the wake of a Navy ship. The cold war scene shifts to West Berlin, Germany, where high rise housing is shown and citizens are seen going about their daily activities. A large sign in German warns that one will be leaving West Berlin immediately by passing the sign. Views of damaged buildings left untouched in East Berlin. Militia in black uniforms perform close order drills in the midst of destruction around them in East Berlin. Street sign identifies Unter Den Linden. The formerly elegant avenue is seen virtually deserted. A horse-drawn carriage moves along and men push a cart full of supplies. Bicyclists ride along the side of the street. Headquarters of the 4-powers administration building is seen without a Soviet flag. French, American, and British soldiers stand guard. (Soviets are absent.)
U.S. Army officers and officials in Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanon Crisis. Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces in the Middle East Paul DeWitt Adams, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Robert Mills McClintock, Personal representative of U.S. representative to Lebanon Robert Daniel Murphy and Commander-in-Chief of the Lebanese Army General Chehab standing and talking in front of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. An officer standing behind them. Photographers taking pictures. The officials get into cars. The cars leave. The American Land Forces Honor Guard standing in a row along the side of the road in front of the Embassy. A man takes pictures.
Honor Guard of UN troops from various nations stand at entrance to the so-called "Peace Pagoda," where negotiations were conducted to end the Korean conflict. U.S. Military Police Officers escort Major General George G. Finch, USAF, Chief negotiator for the U.S. followed by MP officers escorting Lieutenant General, William K. Harrison, Jr. United States Army, Senior Delegate, United Nations Command Delegation, who would sign the truce documents. Separate sequence shows U.S. Army MPs and U.S. Navy Shore Patrol (SP) patrolling streets in Beirut Lebanon, in 1958. MPs talk with a local policeman and point to a map of the Town of Beirut, posted on a wall
U.S. Marines being checked by officers on deck of a transport ship, prior to disembarkation. Sailor operating controls to lower LCVP (Landing craft Vehicle Personnel) from the davit. Boat lowered over the side to transport Marines to the beach at Beirut, Lebanon.
U.S. sailors at a dock in Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanon Crisis. A dock area in Beirut. United States sailors on the dock. Several ships anchored. An officer standing beside a parked car. A few sailors in a boat. CC-17-4 written on the boat. A vessel moving away from the dock beside the boat. A U.S. Navy ship moving towards the dock. A sailor pops his head out of a porthole on the ship and talks. A group of men positioning the gangway to the ship.