American servicemen read Stars and Stripes newspaper. Military men look at magazines in a book store. They buy and read Stars and Stripes newspaper. Soldiers aboard a tank in a field read the newspaper. Men enter the European Stars and Stripes newspaper headquarters building in Darmstadt,Germany. A man loads newspaper bundles aboard a truck. The truck drives through streets. Soldiers seated in a room read Stars and Stripes newspaper.
Decoration of a technical sergeant of U.S. Army in Darmstadt, Olm Area soon after end of World War II in Europe. Commanding-General of 7th U.S. Army General Wade Haislip shakes hands with T/Sgt (Technical Sergeant) Charles H. Coolidge of Signal Mountain, Tennessee before awarding Congressional Medal of Honor. U.S. soldiers and band parade along field. The officers salute.
Decoration of a technical sergeant of U.S. Army in Darmstadt, Olm Area soon after end of World War II in Europe. Soldiers lined up. An aircraft taxiing on a field. Commanding-General of 7th U.S. Army General Wade Haislip presents Congressional Medal of Honor to T/Sgt (Technical Sergeant) Charles H. Coolidge of Signal Mountain, Tennessee for outstanding duty with 36th Division. Troops and Honor Guard parade along field.
Mix of period footage circa 1910, retrospective interviews in 1975, and some still images. European immigration in bad travel conditions to America. View from rail on deck of a ship in heavy seas. An elderly European immigrant recalls his experiences of the journey on ship to America. Ship in Atlantic Ocean. Picture of European immigrants on ship deck. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Early 1900s period footage of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and disembarking from ship, then walking with luggage for processing at Ellis Island. Some immigrants peer across New York Harbor at the skyline of New York city. Scene change to 1975 and views of interiors of a no longer used building in Ellis Island. Names of persons carved on walls. A man shares his experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island, and then as an immigration inspector reviewing new immigrants as they arrived.
Soviet Union warship underway in the ocean. Naval officer announces alert. Sailors run to battle stations. Soviet Naval pilots rush on the flight deck of Kiev class aircraft carrier and climb aboard their Yak-38 fighter aircraft. View of Tu-16 bomber taking off. Radar antennas rotate. Yak-38 fighter aircraft demonstrates vertical takeoff capability. Warships cruising in a line. Formation of Tu-16s flies overhead. Soviet submarines cruise in a lne on the surface. Soviet Naval Officers confer in control room. Soviet Kara class (Soviet designation 1134B) Guided Missile Cruiser underway, with number "530" painted on its hull. Aboard the ship, a missile is raised from below deck into vertical firing position. A formation of three aircraft fly overhead. The ship launches antiaircraft missiles. View of an aircraft being struck and destroyed by missiles. Ships fire barrages of missiles. One ship is covered by a cloud of fire and smoke due to the intensity of the barrage. Depth charges explode off the stern of a ship. Flames and smoke rises up due to explosions. Splashes in the sea due to explosions. View of convoy of warships underway.
Vietnamese refugees soon after arriving in the United States after the Vietnam War fall of Saigon. A Vietnamese girl seated next to a man using a radio to communicate. In the Refugee Center, a man writes names of refugees with their tent assignments. Air Force personnel and volunteers at work in the Center.