Aftermath of Pearl Harbor attack. People in Oahu, Hawaii, prepare to deal with more air attacks by Japanese. Armed U.S. soldier in sandbagged position, in Hawaii. The territorial governor of Hawaii, Joseph Poindexter, signing a declaration of Martial Law. Four thousand members of Oahu's Civil Defense Committee, dressed in dark bottoms and white tops, wearing steel helmets with "W" on them, standing at attention in formation on grounds of a stadium. Windows in all downtown shops taped to prevent flying glass. Sand bags surrounding a power substation. Huge quantities of barbed wire in a storage yard and strung along the beaches, along highways, around schools, and public buildings of Oahu. A man pushing a lawn mower between sandbagged defense positions in a residential neighborhood. Construction machinery digging defensive trenches. Bomb shelters being constructed of precast concrete. Air raid sirens installed and school children leaving their building and sheltering in deep trenches during a test. Very small children taking shelter in zig-zag trenches and donning gas masks. Huge assemblies of children, and of grownups, all donning gas masks. Little children being dressed in capsule-like "bunny mask" protective gear.One of them crying inside the covering. Crowds of women and children lined up on a veranda waiting to receive these "bunny masks." Military personnel, civilians, and school children, all carrying personal gas masks with them at all times. Innumerable old rubber tires saved in an open yard. Japanese-Americans donating blood to the American Red Cross and lined up to buy war bonds. Soldiers arresting a Japanese resident known to be an enemy agent. Boarded up shops of Japanese-Americans, who had been interned. Japanese-Americans removing all Japanese language signs from their areas. Language school buildings with closed signs. An empty and boarded-up Shinto temple. One Japanese-American replacing his cafe sign with one reading: "Keep 'Em Flying Cafe." U.S. Army troops posted on roadways. The Aloha Tower in camouflage paint. A Lurline steamship leaving port, and being replaced by warships. Prewar view of people enjoying Waikakee beach, and current view of two boys playing in sand near barbed wire barriers. City streets deserted at twilight, as blackout procedures take effect at dusk. Views of darkened homes and palm trees silhouetted against sky at dusk. The "ghost" of a sailor killed in World War II, stands in front of Arlington cemetery, Washington, DC, and converses with the ghost of a soldier killed in World War I. They discuss idealistic notions about ending wars for good. Displays of flags is seen, including: Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; China; Costa Rica; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Dominican Republic; England; Ethopia; Greece; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; India; Yugoslavia; Luxembourg; Mexico; The Netherlands; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Norway; Panama; The Philippines; Poland; Russia; El Salvador; South Africa; and the U.S.A. "V" created in the sky by a skywriting airplane.
A film dramatizes the conditions at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii prior to Japanese attack during World War II. The island of Oahu. A man enacting as Uncle Sam sleeps. Aerial view of Oahu island. U.S. soldiers on guard in Pearl Harbor. The soldiers on a moving cargo train. Hickam Field on Oahu, Hawaii. Aircraft lined up outside a hangar at Hickam Field. Pearl Harbor which lies near Hickam Field. U.S. minesweepers, light cruisers, destroyers and other ships in Pearl Harbor. Ground crews at work in the hangar of Hickam Field. U.S. sailors work at a dock in Pearl Harbor. The sailors attend church services. A chaplain speaks to the sailors and other military officers.
Railroad scene on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, at Kalihi-Kai just east of the Libby cannery and west of the old Oahu Prison. World War Two "blackout" headlights can be seen. The first locomotive is OR&L No. 39 with three gondolas. The second is OR&L No. 34 with boxcars and the third OR&L No. 32 with a train of boxcars and pineapple cars. Brakemen and Conductor shown riding on top of cars. (The OR&L did have three cabooses, but they were not popular with the crews.)
An accident at the West Loch ammo pier in Pearl Harbor destroyed six LSTs on May 21, 1944, during World War 2. Immense smoke arises from the burning ships. Men file on muddy roads. A pile of shrapnel on the ground. A partly sunk Landing Ship Tank (LST) burning in the water and a DUKW sails out of its bow doors. Two LSTs burning fiercely give outdoor immense clouds of smoke. A fireboat approaches and sprays water on them. Sailors rush to put out fire at the harbor.
A film dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii during World War II. A Pvt. (Private) soldier operates the controls on a panel at an aircraft warning station at Pearl Harbor. He calls up an information center and informs a U.S. Army Lieutenant that he has detected a line of unidentified aircraft approaching the island of Oahu. The Aloha Tower in Honolulu. Airmen around U.S. aircraft parked at a U.S. air base look at formations of Japanese aircraft in the sky. Exterior of a building in Washington DC. A door sign reads 'Secretary of State'. Formation of Japanese aircraft over clouds and island of Oahu. The aircraft over Waikiki Beach. They drop first load of bombs at Hickam Field which borders Pearl Harbor. Air base installations at Hickam Field burn.
French troops returning to France from Indochina arrive at Hickam Air Force Base, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. Several wounded, on litters, are carried down a ramp from their aircraft. Change of scene to inside a hangar at the base, where a Red Cross bus is parked and group of Red Cross volunteer women are seen at a Red Cross Canteen. Several Red Cross buses and vehicles are parked at the hangar entrance. A large sign above the canteen reads: "Aloha, from the Hawaii Red Cross Chapter Hickam Air Evac Canteen, American Red Cross Volunteers." Scene shifts to a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) Boeing C-97 aircraft taxiing in, on a wet ramp at Hickam Field.