George Marshall Research Library at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. President Lyndon B Johnson arrives by a plane to unveil statue of George Marshall. He shakes hand with a man. He reviews honor guard. Large crowd gathers. Wife of Marshall and President Johnson stand near the statue of Marshall. President addresses.
General George C Marshall receives honor from The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia. Cadets of the Virginia military Institute parade in tribute to school's famous graduate, General George C Marshall. The U.S. flag. General George, Secretary of Defense, receives Distinguished Service Medal, for serving his country for 50 years.
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.
Opening scene shows ticker tape parade for U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur underway in New York City on April 20, 1951. General MacArthur waves to parade goers from back of an open car. Scene shifts to funeral procession for General MacArthur on April 11, 1964, in Norfolk Virginia. Honor guard accompanies his caisson. Mourners including his wife Jean MacArthur and son Arthur MacArthur IV walk in a procession during the funeral ceremony. The casket of General MacArthur covered by a U.S. National Flag.
Thomas Schelling, a Professor of Economics with specialization in arms control at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Close up of clock tower at Harvard. View of Harvard Yard and statue of John Harvard with students nearby. Tom Schelling smokes a pipe while walking through Harvard Yard. Professor Tom Schelling teaching a class at Harvard. View of outside of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Tom Schelling compiles newspaper cuttings and goes through papers at the Center for International Affairs. Tom Schelling on a flight. View of airplane wing and propeller through passenger window. Wide shot of Rand Corporation in California. View of Capitol Building in Washington D.C. from a moving car. Wide shots of Pentagon Building in Arlington Virginia as Tom Schelling arrives at the Pentagon parking lot via taxi and climbs the steps to enter the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. As an adviser to the United States, Schelling participates in a meeting with military officers to discuss issues of national defense and arms control. Professor Schelling at his home with his family in Lexington, Massachusetts near the town green where the American Revolutionary War began. Thomas Schelling walks with his wife, Corinne Tigay Saposs, and their four sons, Robert Schelling, Daniel Schelling, Tom Schelling Jr., and Andrew Schelling. At night he is seen recording lectures and articles with the help of a tape recorder.
John Charles Daly stands in the Hall of Heroes, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. Behind him is a display containing names of the American military recipients of the Medal of Honor. He points to a section of a display listing 131 names added during the Korean War. He then moves to the latest section of the display, covering the period 1964 and subsequent, in the Vietnam War. At this point, the film begins to depict scenes from the Vietnam conflict. An American soldier holding a rifle is silhouetted against a light sky background. U.S. soldiers firing M-16 rifles. shadow cast by a Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter flying overhead. Soldier firing machine gun from M113 armored personnel carrier (APC). U.S. gun crews firing 105mm howitzer; 175mm self-propelled gun; M107 Howitzer; and battery of howitzers in the field. Army troops inside a helicopter. View from below of CH-47 helicopter (Jolly Green Giant) landing and troops leaving its rear door. A patrol of American soldiers firing their weapons as they move forward. Soldiers dealing with difficult terrain. One stepping through deep mud. Infantry patrol moving and taking cover. A soldier using field radio. A UH-1 flying over palm trees. Infantry moving through jungle accompanied by M113 APC. Explosions and fire. Soldiers boarding a Huey helicopter, as the ship's gunner delivers covering fire by machine gun. Soldiers having a smoke while airborne in the helicopter.