History and story of the Seabees. Admiral Moreell, chief of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks speaks in his office in Washington, DC. A view of the U.S. Capitol building through his window. He gives a brief history of the Seabees and introduces the film. A formation of Japanese warplanes. Views of Honolulu, Hawaii, Midway, Taviti, and Wake Islands.U.S. civilian construction workers. Hickam and Wheeler fields, in Hawaii, being bombed by Japanese airplanes. Pearl Harbor burning. U.S. casualties on stretchers. American soldiers raising the flag with fire and smoke behind them. Seebee recruitment poster. Volunteers going to enlist. Navy Seabee trainees learning military and construction skills. Practicing methods of rapid construction for combat zones. Trainees negotiating obstacle courses. Amphibious assault training. Seabee units parading in dress whites, followed by Seabees in some of their combat vehicles: DUKWs, construction graders, and bulldozers. A newly trained battalion of Seabees leaving training camp on a train. A band plays seeing them off. Seabees loading up at a port of embarkation. A troop ship seen. The troop ship moving away from the wharf, with help from tugboat.
U.S. Marine Honor Guard in dress uniform stands at attention on the ramp at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island, anticipating the arrival of President John F. Kennedy, and his party. They decide to reposition themselves, and march, at 'trail arms,' toward the camera. Many sailors and other naval personnel and families have turned out to see the President. They are lined up behind a rope across the ramp. Some children are seated on the ground. Camera focuses on some with closeups.Several members of a greeting party stand near steps positioned for placement against Air Force One, when it arrives. Governor John A. Notte, Jr. of Rhode Island strolls across the ramp to where State Rhode Island State Trooper, Robert F. Washburn Jr.(wearing number 18 on his uniform) and others, are standing around a table holding a large silver punch bowl. Trooper Washburn holds a matching silver goblet. A phalanx of photographers stands ready for the arrival. Air Force One lands (It is Douglas VC-118A, serial number 53-3240). White smoke is seen off to the side, as the President's arrival is greeted with cannon salute.
Lieutenant Commander Harvey J. Smith, Executive Officer of the American submarine, USS Tinosa (SS-283). View of him and crew of the boat lined up on the deck, at (according to slate) harbor in Rhode Island, USA. Complete change of scene to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where several Gato class submarines are lined up in the harbor, with their respective crews all standing on deck. Spectators in background.
Waves crashing on a rocky shore. View of Plymouth Rock, with "1620" engraved on it. Coastline with hills and sea. A forest and primitive house of sticks. A church with watch tower. Reenactment of early immigrants felling trees and busy in a 17th Century settlement in Massachusetts. View upward of tall tree. Column on a building in Virginia; portico and clock on a building in Rhode Island;and a church in Carolina.The minuteman statue in Battle Green, Lexington,Massachusetts. Image of colonist James Otis. Statue of Thomas Jefferson. Image of Thomas Paine. Statue of Patrick Henry. Reenactment of British Red Coats charging up a hill during the American revolution. John Trumbull's painting, the "Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776" in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington,DC. A copy of the document. Reenactment of General Washington's troops and snowy encampment at Valley Forge, in 1777. The colonial troops marching in the snow.Painting of George Washington praying in a glen. Painting by John Trumbull of Lord Cornwallis surrendering to George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, October 17, 1781. The Constitution of the United States in the National Archives, Washington, DC. Liberty bell swinging. Early American flag with 13 stars and 13 stripes. Animated map showing the original 13 States. Reenactment of early settlers, in wagon trains, pushing Westward from the original colonies. New States being added to the animated map, until all 48 continental American States are filled in. An American flag displaying 48 States.
President John F Kennedy's plane arrives at Quonset point in Rhode Island, USA. Plane taxis to parking area. Large crowd gathered. Ramp placed at side of plane. President and Mrs Kennedy and party disembark from plane. They are greeted by an admiral at foot of ramp. Marine Corps flag at the dip. Marine officer in charge of honor guard stands. Marine band plays during president's visit. President and party at attention during the honors. Marine honor guard is inspected by the President. President Kennedy holds bouquet of roses and walks off with party. Crowd waves at President. Photographers take pictures of President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy. Naval personnel and civilians applaud. Mr and Mrs Kennedy board a marine helicopter. Helicopter takes off.
Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.