Views of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii. A large home fronted by royal palms. Pedestrian traffic on King St. in the business district, including Japanese and Chinese in native costumes. Open front of a Japanese tea store. Women and children outside the store. A peddler carries vegetable produce in baskets hung from a pole across his shoulders. Views of the Hawaii Railway, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii island: Interior of a passenger car. Countryside and tunnels viewed from the train. A very high railway bridge with a sugar cane flume below it, across a valley on the Hamakua Coast.
A U.S. arms manufacturing in World War 1. Hundreds of workers seen at shift change, waiting for their respective trolley cars passing on tracks between arms manufacturing plant's buildings. Women at work on metal working machines in an arms factory. Racks of Browning Automatic Rifles (Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918) are being moved about. Assemblers are seen hand fitting parts for the Browning M1917 water cooled machine gun. One man makes final assembly adjustments to one of the machine guns set up on tripod in the factory. He enjoys firing the Browning M1917 machine gun. (Note:The M1917 and M1918 BAR were manufactured by numerous American arms makers. Colt, Remington, Marlin, Royal typewriter, Winchester. Most of the M1917 machine guns were manufactured by New England Westinghouse.)
U.S. soldiers stand and pose alongside two women at Camp Meade in Maryland. M1917 Six Ton tanks in the background with soldiers standing near them. A photographer climbs on one of the tanks holding his camera. Several men and boys stand behind a fence and watch as two U.S. Mark VIII 'Liberty' heavy tanks descend down a steep embankment, followed by a U.S. M1917.
1917 Enfield Rifles (U. S. Rifle, Model of 1917) being manufactured in the United States at one of 3 arms plants (Winchester, Remington, or Eddystone) during World War 1 (between the Spring of 1917 and the Spring of 1919). Film shows assemblers hand fitting parts, a worker adjusting the front sight for proper "zero" in a machine vise, and "Proof" firing before final inspection and acceptance. (Note: At the peak of production, the 3 arms plants were turning out 10,000 rifles per day.)
A man driving a 1917 Ford model T roadster along a severely rutted mud-filled street. A 1917 Ford Model T, one ton truck, trapped in mud. Frustrated driver gets out and kicks a rear tire. Road building crews at work with horse-drawn equipment. Road construction with large steam powered machinery. A 1917 model T roadster driving along a new smooth concrete road. Women making purchases at a sidewalk stand and placing them into their Ford Model T sedan. A doctor arrives at house of a patient, in a Ford Model T roadster. Americans driving Ford Model T cars in the National Parks. Cars driving past a giant redwood tree. Man in a Ford Model T stopped beside woods and feeding a bear in a National Park, as a Park Ranger stands nearby. Ford Model T driving through the tunnel cut in the "Wawona" giant sequoia tree, in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park. A 1918 Ford Model T touring car parked at a picnic site, with family sitting at picnic table nearby. Families with Ford Model T cars, engaged in outdoor activities, picnicking, and gathering wild flowers. Two men making their Model T into a shelter for overnight camping. Family picnicking at a beach; their Model T parked on road above. Children playing on a beach; picking up seaweed; and wading in the surf, near large rocks.
Film opens showing relatives of fallen American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who made the ultimate sacrifice in the European theater of operations, during World War 2. They were members of the United states 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The relatives are assembled in an auditorium at a military installation in Hawaii, where the 100th Infantry is conducting a ceremony honoring their fallen heroes. Camera pans over some of the relatives. Decorations for valor are presented posthumously to some of the surviving relatives. A widow receives the Silver Star. A father receives the Distinguished Service Cross. A mother receives her son's award. Film shifts to scenes showing artillery batteries of the 100th Infantry in action at numerous battles in the Italian Campaign, including Naples, Cassino, Rapido River, Pisa, Anizo and others. A column of 100th Infantry accompanied by armor, are seen entering Livorno, Italy. Members in a jeep are seen passing through area of complete destruction. Others pick their way through rubble, as civilians bass the opposite way,carrying salvaged belongings, Troops of the 100th move cautiously and deploy near barricades to shield from snipers. They escort captured German prisoners. Battle casualties are seen being carried into field hospitals. A medical team performing emergency surgury inside a tent. Convalescing patients being tended by a woman Army nurse. Others recovering outside tents at the field hospital. A group of 100th infantry troops taking a break. One of their medics is interviewed. Gunners seen with Browning M1917 machine gun. Troops preparing a meal in the field. On presenting paper airplanes to Italian children who fly them. M4 Sherman tank parked on Italian street. Battalion members attending a Roman Catholic mass in the field. Army interviewer asks one of the troops why he fights in the U.S. Army. He responds.