Buildings in Newport, Rhode Island. A rocky shore and a driveway. Large buildings in a business district. Automobiles on a street. Pedestrians milling about on the street. A bunting draped house. Exteriors of a church and an inn. A streetcar moves on a road. A horse drawn carriage and numerous cars on a street. Exteriors of a mansion as traffic moves past it.
Desron (Destroyer Squadron) 20 returns from Vietnam. Visitors and dependents at a shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. The people around a refreshment table on pier no. 1. Some of the visitors and dependents sit on the steps below 'Welcome Home, Desron 20' sign. People look down over the pier from the deck of the USS Arcadia. A woman aboard the USS Arcadia. Part of the pier in the background. The refreshment table in the mid background. Dependents and children on the pier. They wait for the ships. Two women stand next to a large wooden reel of heavy rubberized wire. A brick building in the background. Three children well clothed for the cool weather. A mother and two young daughters on the pier. Dependents behind the roped off area waiting for the ships. USS Charles P Cecil (DD 835) approaches the pier. A quonset hut in the foreground. A mobile crane on the pier. Line handlers take a line from the men aboard the USS Cecil. Women wave. Varied signs held by many people. A young child holding a small balloon in her mother's arm. Some of the dependents applaud. Men on one of the DDs mans the rail, while the ship ties up. A large crowd of dependents on the pier behind roped off area. A man holds a sign reading: 'Welcome Home Johnny'. An officer walks down the pier. USS Brownson (DD-868) approaches in the mid background for tying up with a tug on the starboard side.
Desron (Destroyer Squadron) 20 returns from Vietnam. At a shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island a sign reads 'Desron 20, Families and Friends Welcome Aboard Arcadia'. A refreshment table with cakes and dough nuts. An eight years old boy in a sailer suit is offered some refreshments. Children around the refreshment table. The boy has some coffee and cake. A young mother with a small child in her arms. A navy band plays on the pier. Dependents look on in the background. Dependents on the pier. Many of the dependents behind a roped off area. A woman is being interviewed by one of the radio or TV stations. Another DD approaches in the mid back for tying up. A man holding a small child waves. A part of the USS Arcadia seen in the background. Bow view of the USS Charles P Cecil approaching the pier. Line handlers haul a hawser towards a bollard in the mid foreground. They put a bow line around the bollard. Dependents behind the roped off area. An officer in a blue uniform. Smiling faces of the women dependents as the ship is tied up.
Desron (Destroyer Squadron) 20 returns from Vietnam. People at a shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. A sailor holding a small girl on his shoulder waves. Many dependents in the background behind the roped off area. A sailor embraces his wife after his arrival. The dependents jam a gangway to board one of the ships. A woman talks to a young sailor. Reunions take place aboard one of the ships. The dependents board one of the ship's unident. Two women talk with a sailor in dungarees. Ships tied up in the background. A young child with a large dough nut walks along the pier Naval personnel depart their ship with souvenirs. Naval personnel and crewmen from one of DD depart the ship over the brow. A RADM (Rear Admiral) stands at a podium on the pier and addresses the crowd. People in the background. The dependents approach the pier with their husbands. Men and their dependents depart one of the ships. A sailor holding his young child in his arms walks with his wife. Other people walk down the pier in the background. A small group of dependents stands on a pier next to one of the destroyers.
Desron (Destroyer Squadron) 20 returns from Vietnam. Crewmen on the fantail of a DD as it is tied up at a shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. A stern line seen over in the foreground. A young boy holds a sign which reads 'Welcome Home Johnny'. A port bow view shows USS Brownson (DD-868) being eased up towards the pier for tying up. A silhouetted view of crewmen up on the bow of the ship. A flag on the stern of another DD seen in the foreground. Line handlers, handling lines on the pier for the USS Brownson, in deep silhouette. A navy sentry holds onto the line keeping the crowd back. Crewmen on the fantail of the DD. A woman holding a small boy in her arms waves. A small lad holds a sign 'Welcome home Johnny'. Brow being put in place by one of the dock cranes of the DD. A large group of dependents. One of them holds a large sign reading: 'Welcome Home Don'. A mother and many other dependents wave. Three enlisted men man the rail of the DD during the tying up. Crewmen aboard a DD. One of them waves and talks to someone on the pier. Reunions take place. An officer in the foreground kisses his wife. A man recording the events with his movie camera. The dependents rush towards the brow to go aboard one of the DDs.
Scenes from the wedding of John Jacob Astor VI to Ellen Tuck French at the Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island. People gather in large number at the ceremony. The married couples pose for the crowd.