Soldiers go for a ride in an oscillating machine at Camp Edwards in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Two soldiers get into two separate oscillating machines. The machines oscillate to make the sea going soldiers used to sea sickness. Other soldiers look on as the machines oscillate.
Preparations for launch of the USS Hancock (CV-19) at Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, on January 24, 1944. . Shipyard riggers removing supports from under the ship's hull. Platform at bow is decorated with bunting. Scene shifts to Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, and the launching of the USS Missouri (BB-63), on January 29, 1944. Crowd gathered around the bow as the Missouri goes down the ways. Another change of scene to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Newport News, Virginia. Here the ways are emptied following the launch of the Light Cruiser, USS Hancock (CL-81) on June 19, 1943. The Hancock can be seen in the water. Tugs attend to the newly launched Cruiser.
U.S. Destroyer Escort USS Brennan, DE-13,underway. U.S. navy crew aboard the ship. View at shipbuilding area of Bethlehem Steel in Quincy, Massachusetts. Keel is laid and shipbuilders busy on day 60 of construction of DE-677, the USS Frament. Scenes of construction. Welding steel plate. DE-677 is christened USS Frament and launched on June 28, 1943. Destroyer Escorts at pier, being fitted out. New ship's crew assembled on pier and boards for shakedown cruise. Supplies and munitions loaded on board the ship, including ammunition, depth charges, and torpedoes ("tin fish").
The unseasonal blizzard in New York. A freighter 'Falmouth' is blown aground on Long Island. People on streets. Snow and sleet on either side of the road. Traffic on roads due to the storm. Men removing snow from streets with shovels. A man cleans a car covered with snow. People on the streets of the city. Buildings in the background. The storm. Birds on tree limbs. People enjoy the snow and sleet. They play and ski.
Newsreel clip entitled "Ball Players Train in North" shows major league baseball teams holding spring training in 1943. Teams were not allowed to travel south to Florida because of World War 2 travel restrictions. First part of clip shows men (presumably baseball players) riding in a horse and buggy along a tree-lined road. Giants seen running on field and meeting with manager and Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott. Players pose for camera, all wearing long sleeves. Closeup of Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell. Giants players seen throwing at posters of Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo -- Leaders of the Axis powers during the war. Players look at the posters after throwing; note patriotic war patch on Giant player's sleeve. Clip shifts to Washington Senators training camp the same year. Coach and renowned baseball clown Nick Altrock leads players in warmup drills. Players warm up in outfield, near what looks like a heating plant. Closeup of Senators pitcher Dutch Leonard throwing. Closeup of Senators owner Clark Griffith (in overcoat) talking with manager Ossie Bluege. Closeup of Bluege. Players marvel over of 7-foot player Richard Ahrens, who was signed by the Senators that spring as a possible publicity stunt; he never appeared in a minor or major league game. Washington players pretend to warm themselves up by small campfire on the field. Another shot of Altrock. (Note: There is no indication where these clips were taken but the Giants trained in Lakewood, New Jersey that spring and the Senators trained in College Park, Maryland. )
Rear Admiral, M.F. Draemel, Commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, introduces Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Ralph, A. Bard, who speaks to large group of Navy Yard personnel and visitors and spectators. The occasion is the launching of the second USS Wisconsin (BB-64) on December 7, 1943.
Governor of Wisconsin, Walter S. Goodland and his wife are present. Mrs. Goodland is the official sponsor.