Citrus Festival in Mission, Texas. An 'All Star' event is held in the 'Lone Star States's' 8th Annual Citrus Fiesta. A decorated float parades in the festival. Women dress up for the fashion show. A woman takes help while preparing for the fashion show. Several women seated in the background. A woman opens a wardrobe and prepares for the show. A fashion show held during the festival. The costumes are made of fruits and vegetables.
Players on the Boston Bees baseball team (formerly the Boston Braves) do spring training drills in San Antonio Texas, March 1941. Players warm up by throwing and catching. Manager Casey Stengel, a future Hall of Famer, clowns around with a movie camera for three of his players. Pitcher Hank LaManna throws a couple of pitches toward the camera. Shortstop Eddie Miller turns a double play in practice.
Cowboys approaching ride horses into a stable. Cattle graze. Oil wells and military airfield from overhead. Distant view of Dallas Texas city skyline. Night view of streets and signs in Amarillo Texas. Daytime view of a tall skyscraper building and wide street in Houston Texas with cars and traffic View of the Hotel Nimitz in Fredericksburg Texas. Downtown Fort Worth Texas city street with shops, offices, and cars. Downtown area in Pampa Texas. Street corner view in Kerrville Texas. Two different views of The Alamo and surroundings in San Antonio, Texas. A water tower and oil rigs in Kilgore Texas. Downtown area of El Paso, Texas from elevated view. Street view in downtown Beaumont, Texas. Downtown view in Wichita Falls, Texas. Downtown San Angelo Texas views. Distant view of the city of Austin Texas from an elevated position, and then in downtown Austin featuring the State House Capitol building. Cattle, sheep, and sorghum farming views. Rice fields and Turkey ranches. Many oil rigs and oil wells. A busy shipyard in Texas making ships for World War II war effort. A sprawling aircraft factory. Oil rigs pumping oil. Farmer on tractor plows wheat field. View of rice harvesting (Massey Harris Self Propelled Harvest Brigade). Men stack magnesium bars. Magnesium factory next to ocean in Texas. Hand cotton picking and view of a mechanical cotton picker. Tractor pulling sorghum harvester. Sulfur mining and Helium plant in Amarillo. Black clouds in sky from burning natural gas in making synthetic rubber for war effort. Cliff of sulfur dynamited and loaded by train crane. Cowboys herd cattle and view of Fort Worth Stockyards and Exchange. Angora goat farm and turkey farming. War time workers manufacturing. Alabama and Coushatta Native American Indian village with flag of service stars for men in the war. Indian children with elder and Indian logging camp. Campus of University of Texas and State Capitol in Austin. Well dressed women exit Dallas department store.
Tourist bus travels on a bridge and arrives at the 'Alamo' in San Antonio, Texas, which was a former Catholic mission and fortress compound but now a museum. View of Iron gates at the museum.
Film opens with an explosion at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona sinking. Newspaper headline reading "U.S. Declares War." Relief map globe of the world. Narrator speaks about accomplishments of the U.S. Army Service Forces since the Pearl Harbor attack. Glimpse of two M4 DV early Sherman tanks moving on a road. The famous Uncle Sam recruiting poster. Massed U.S. Army troops marching toward the camera lined 16 abreast. Army supply service personnel inspecting providers of all manner of supplies needed to feed, clothe, and equip the U.S. Army. Brief views of supply operations underway involving foodstuffs; and fuels. An Army truck and a P-38 lightning airplane (under wraps) being loaded aboard a ship. A warehouse stacked from floor to ceiling with military supplies. Forklifts moving in the aisles. Group of officers sitting around a table. Some wear shoulder patch of Army Service Forces on their uniforms. The processing of millions of volunteers and draftees for military service. Recruits undergoing physical exams and then arriving in civilian clothes, with their baggage, at a training center. Barracks being constructed at a training camp. Camera pans across a large completed military camp. Soldiers forming up in front of barracks. Sign reads "Dispensary, Recruit Reception Center." Recruits lined up and receiving innoculations against tropical and other diseases according to the regions to which they are being sent. An Army Sergeant assessing recruit qualifications for various military assignments. New recruits eating in a camp dining hall and also in a chow line at an outdoor field mess. Views of industrial workers assembling military equipment in war plants. A coal burning electric generating plant with 8 smoke stacks. A furnace with hot steel visible. An Army agent and an industrialist signing contract documents. Glimpses of women placing items on a conveyer; guns being assembled in an armory; railroad train carrying freight across rugged U.S. territory; ocean-going ships ready for loading; cargo stacked up at ports; numerous 55 gallon drums ready for loading; rope slings of cargo being loaded for shipment; numerous army trucks ready for shipment to Allies, under "Lend Lease;" a nurse checking medical supplies for shipment; Many U.S. Army M3 tanks ready for shipment. Views of British forces engaged in the North African campaign, before the U.S. entry in World War 2. U.S. soldiers marching along a Camp road past a sign reading: "Headquarters, 725th Railway Operating Battalion" (Located in New Orleans). Rapid glimpses of various supplies, equipment, etc. being loaded for shipment abroad. Views of clock hands moving. soldiers shooting automatic weapons (including tracer rounds) at a firing range.
The NS Savannah is seen at Nuclear Service facility, Galveston, Texas, for reconditioning before making new port visits. Here she is delayed several months by labor dispute involving her nuclear engineering crew. Maritime Administrator, Nicholas Johnson, poses with ship's officers from the American Export Isbrandtsen lines, who are the new operators of the Savannah. The Savannah departs on a mission involving new ports of call. U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson comments from his office regarding the mission of the NS Savannah. View of cargo being loaded aboard the Savannah. Views of a world globe. Views of the NS Savannah underway.