In a U.S. Army documentary, an Army Sergeant walks on sidewalks of a typical 1950 small town in the rural United States -- Ottumwa, Iowa. Civilians on streets of the city. Various shops and 1940s and 1950s era automobiles. People from various walks of life talk to the Sergeant. The Sergeant recalls the town's ancestors entering America. The Des Moines river is shown with a small boat anchored at the end of a dock and men and boys fishing. Statue of an Indian Chief atop the Courthouse Building, Chief Wapello, whose tribe camped in the spot of the town years prior. The entrance of the library. Still images and drawings from the library depicting the town. Pictures of houses, shops and other buildings. People on the streets of Ottumwa. The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper headline announcing U.S. participation in World War I, "War Becomes Actuality." Images of members from Ottumwa's own Company G, 42nd Rainbow Division in WWI, including soldiers Arthur Menge, Charles Orman, Marlow Work. Views of WWI battle scenes. Oscar Nelson is remembered for heroism. WWI soldiers returning to American towns. Private Charles Orman 40 years later in Ottumwa. He enters a barber shop. Art Menge is also seen in the Barber shop. Aerial view of the city with many bridges, plants, factories, and homes visible. Cars and pedestrians on streets, The Ottumwa Bank, the Airport with a plane parked in front of the terminal, the Railroad train station with people waiting as a large sleek silver passenger train pulls up and arrives. The Hoffmann Drug store, the Ottumwa Hotel, The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper building, the Glover Motor Company, the Union Bank, and the Sunnyslope Sanitorium. Various homes and neighborhoods and 1950s automobiles. Governor Herschel Loveless, an Ottumwa native, at home with his wife. The home on Davis Street of the Miss Universe contest winner Carol Morris, and views of Ms. Morris in the pageant and receiving the winners crown in 1956.
"The Big Picture" U.S. Army production with Master Sergeant Stuart Queen, about the spreading threats of communism versus the American way of life in United States. The U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial are shown. A U.S. Military officer explains the importance of liberty and freedom, taking examples from the town of Ottumwa, Iowa. Images of various communist leaders across the world addressing assemblies of people. American civilians of all age groups in OIttumwa, Iowa. A Sergeant Wallace Bacon drives his car away from the Federal Building in Ottumwa to visit a home. Views of the town of Ottumwa during his drive, including the Hotel Ottumwa and the Tom Tom Tap. A woman welcomes the Sergeant. The Sergeant drives to her son and a young man rides horse in fields. The Sergeant counsels him about his military service. The boy with his herd of sheep. He sits in his truck and drives on to sell his agricultural products along with his father.
A U.S. Army documentary depicting the town of Ottumwa, Iowa. Views of the annual Scout Jamboree, with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts gathered. A large poster depicting boys in the Boy Scouts of America with the slogan, "Onward...For God and for My Country." A military band plays on an outdoor stage and the Scouts and other townspeople listen. Boy Scouts in an Order of the Arrow dance team perform. Iowa Governor Loveless addresses the group. Scouts in uniform set out signs in town for the drive for the United Way. A policeman in town. Citizens in Ottumwa waiting in line to vote. Kids and townspeople cheer at a baseball game. Working men leave a plant. Children enter a school and are seen in the classroom with their teacher. Children playing outside a school house. Group of women singing in Latin under the direction of a Catholic nun, in a garden. Various churches in the town of Ottumwa. Newlyweds leaving a church. Townspeople exiting a church and shaking hands with the minister. A U.S. Army Sergeant speaks about armed services for young men and various freedom enjoyed by people in the United States. People play various sports like swimming, diving, tennis, horseshoes, and others. People watch young children playing in a playground. Citizens walking in a park. Two recruiting Sergeants sit in a car and drive to a high school. They address an assembly of male students about military service. Young men under reserve military training, parade on a parade ground and learn various skills. They clean and operate vehicles, weapons and artillery. A woman with her son takes her son for registration in the U.S. Army at its office. Another woman and her son talk to the Sergeant. The Sergeant counsels a boy sitting in a field about the services and then drives away from the field. The boy rides his horse in the field. The military Sergeant speaks about the Armed Forces and the freedom in lifestyle of American people.
A U.S. Army-sponsored documentary about the spreading threats of communism and the American way of life in United States. A farmer and his teenage son in the town of Ottumwa, Iowa . The boy and his father on a Saturday morning visit the Ottumwa Sale Barn. They observe cattle and the auction of cows. The chant or chatter of the auctioneer selling the cattle. Views of the exterior and interior of the Morrell meat processing factory, including slaughtered beef hanging for inspection and meat-packing operations. A Morrell truck leaving the factory. Exterior views of the John Deere Ottumwa Works building as workers leave through its doorways. John Deere farm equipment on display outside the building.
A U.S. Army documentary about the spreading threats of communism contrasted with the American way of life in United States. In Ottumwa, Iowa, a farmer's young son drives his truck to sell his agricultural products along with his father. The boy drives his truck in the downtown of Ottumwa. The town square is shown and the truck turns toward the Post Office and the 5 & 10 cent store on the corner. A railroad worker with a handheld stop signal stops the traffic. A train passes on railroad tracks. The train engineer in the locomotive waves to the stopped traffic. Words "Burlington Route" painted on the locomotive door. Painted advertisements on the brick buildings at the railroad crossing, including, "Miller High Life, The Champagne of Bottle Beer."
A U.S. Army documentary about the spreading threats of communists and communism versus the American way of life in the United States. Soldiers and band parade on a main street in Ottumwa, Iowa, in remembrance of Veterans on Veterans Day. The Eagles state champion drill team. Veterans of wars march. The Sears store and the C.E. Crons Company store visible. Town's people of all ages stand by the sides of road and watch the parade. A troop of Boy Scouts carries a large American flag down the street. In Central Park, U.S. Military senior officers lay wreath and pay homage to the veterans who fought for American freedom. Soldiers fire rifles in their honor. The monument with an eagle atop and inscription "To Heroic Sons." The memorial service. A planning meeting of the Town Council underway.