President Harry S Truman awards Congressional Medals of Honor at the White House in Washington DC. A gathering at the White House. Officials and awardees with their families. The recipients are Marine Captain Carl Sitter (standing left of the President when all three men are together) and Reginald Myers (standing right of the President). The President awards the Medal of Honor to each of the two officers. The officers shake hands and pose with the President. Officers with their families after receiving the Medals. Sitter holding his son and pictured with his wife. Myers' wife, Margaret, and daughter, Susan, and son, Scott. Myers holding his son, Scott. Major Myers was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving as Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, in the vicinity of HAGARU-RI, KOREA, November 29, 1950, while commanding a group of 80 men who were stragglers and missing from other units. Major Myers' makeshift unit successfully denied the Chinese Communists the possession of EAST HILL, which dominated the key crossroads in the withdrawal -- attack in another direction -- by U.S. Marines and Army units from the Chosin Reservoir. Captain Sitter's unit relieved Major Myers' unit in the same battle. Sitter received e medal for his actions as a commanding officer during a two-day battle at Hagaru-Ki, Korea in November 1950. The fighting lasted 36 hours, and Sitter endured grenade burns to his face, arms and chest. He refused to evacuate as the fight continued. More than half of his company was killed, wounded or captured, but a successful defense of the area was mounted by U.S. soldiers.
U.S. Marines retreat in the Chosin Rservoir, Korea. Some of the 15,000 marines who broke out of the Hagaru-ri trap at Chosin Reservoir as they arrive on foot and in vehicles. Military tanks and jeeps. Marines plod along the strip. A Korean woman with child on her back watches them march ahead. Men wave from the roadside.
United States Marines retreat southwards from 38th Parallel as a result of Chinese aggression in Korea. United States Marines retreat in trucks as they cross bridges over rivers. In north east Korea U.S. marines trapped in Chosin reservoir area. Aerial view of the region with a convoy of trucks on road. Marines seated in a snow covered field as they pack up to retreat. Marines sleep in bags. Food and ammunition being packed in Japan for transporting it to the Marines trapped in Korea. United States Air Force C-119 aircraft in flight as it carries the supplies. Bridges, food and medical supplies being air dropped. Marines eat food. Marines destroy installation and equipment. Wounded marines being carried on litters and loaded aboard an aircraft at an airstrip. Wounded being loaded onto planes for flight to Japan. A Korean child being loaded onto a plane. Marines retreat along a road.
A documentary on the struggle of Marines from Chosin Reservoir to Hungnam, Korea. Soldiers chopping logs in a camp in Autumn snow in Korea. Soldiers grouped around fire, some are sleeping on pack. Views of oil pipes laid over uphills. Aerial views of rugged mountainous country. Airplanes in flight, planes drop bombs. American soldiers slowly moving up a snow covered hill with bazookas and rifles. North Korean prisoners come staggering uphill to U.S. soldiers. Prisoners sitting in the snow, U.S. soldier offers a prisoner some coffee. Bare feet of a prisoner in snow.
U.S. Marines arrive in Korea. Trucks arrive with men and equipment, including a road grader. Men stand at side of road and cheer as the convoy passes. Marine convoy moving along road. Mountains which contain the Chosin Reservoir in the background. Men in truck at road side wave and smile.
U.S. Marines retreat in the Chosin Reservoir, Korea. Corporal A W Rasmussen and Corporal J Scott at a water-cooled machine gun. They look through binoculars, point and talk.. Men around fire warming themselves, eating. Sherman tank with marines and some South Koreans atop comes through. Some men wave.