U.S. 1st infantry Division during exercise Return of forces to Germany III (REFORGER) in Panzing, Germany. U.S. Army General Michael Shannon Davison, Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Europe, addresses a press conference. He states about maneuver of testing and purpose of this exercise. He speaks about planning of Reforger IV. Lieutenant General Charles W. Eifeler, U.S. theater Army Support Command talks to press and spectators. Canadian Brigadier Chinon speaks. German Colonel Ruprecht Von Butler speaks. Generals answer questions about the purpose of exercise and allied formation. They talk about position and process of this exercise. Colonel Ruprecht talks about German view about this exercise. He says that it should be seen totally in military view. Journalists ask about the effectiveness of this exercise in limited terrain and simulated situation. Generals respond and say that this exercise is worthy enough. Colonel Ruprecht talks about political decisions, reduction of forces and balance.
Return of forces to Germany III (REFORGER III) in Panzing, Germany. U.S. Lieutenant General Fillmore K. Mearns, Commanding General 7th Corps, briefs spectators. U.S. F-4s helicopter strike on a hill. Napalm explosion on hill. Simulated artillery fire at landing zones. U.S. Army AH-1G Cobra gunship fire at bridge. Spectators and cameramen watch in foreground. U.S. UH-1Ds helicopter bring in troops. Friendly forces attack aggressor forces as helicopter takes off in background. Helicopters lay smoke screen followed by large group of UH-1Ds coming in for landing. U.S. Air Force CH-54 Skycrane brings in replacement bridge.
Return of forces to Germany III (REFORGER III) exercise in Panzing, Germany. Mobile bridge Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge (AVLB) opens at riverbank and span over river. U.S. M-60 tanks and M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APCs) cross a bridge. Ambulance crosses the tank. Tanks fired and explosion on ground. Friendly forces in defensive position. Troops run and board U.S. Army UH-1D helicopters. Helicopter takes off. M-113 APCs cross armored vehicle launch bridge.
(Note: silent until TC: 2:06) Scenes of bright lights and decorations in Manhattan, New York City, during the Christmas season in 1966. Closeup of lights on the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Lights and decorations on a fountain and building fronts. Christmas decorations in department store and shop windows. Elaborate toys and decorations including a carousel with decorative white horses carrying wrapped gift packages. Artificial animals, including an elephant that moves its trunk. Dancing stringed puppets in an Alpine setting. Miniature choir boys perched in front of organ pipes. An American boys' choir singing "Silent Night" inside a church. Panning closeups of the boys singing with open hymn books. At TC: 2:06, sound track starts being heard, as a pageant is being shown, possibly in Germany, with a choir of German boys and girls singing "Silent Night" in German. While they sing in the background, a group of children step from a building, carrying torches. They proceed down a snow covered hill. Children stand in snow by a bonfire and look at a fir tree covered in snow. Children carrying candles wave at an elderly woman looking out from a window. Pan to closeup of Virgin Mary and child decorating a Christmas tree.
A pallet containing several flag-draped coffins of those who perished in the October 26, 1966 fire, aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) are lowered to a pier from the ship, by crane. Several clergymen in robes stand on the pier. A flag on ship at half mast. Honor guard on pier with rifles. Sailors wheel the pallet of coffins across the pier. U.S. Navy Catholic Chaplain, Fr.Conall Richard Coughlin (who is stationed at Subic Bay) and the ship's Chaplain (Lt Commander) officiate on the ship's deck as coffins are placed on pallets.(The ship's own Catholic Chaplain, LCDR William John Garrity, perished, performing his duties, on October, 26, 1966, and is among these dead ). Sailors aboard the Oriskany open boxes of American flags as they prepare the coffins for transfer. Honor guard with rifles stand at parade rest on the pier. Church officials on the pier. A C-130 transport aircraft sits nearby with its rear door open ready to receive the coffins.
Following the tragic fire aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) on October 26, 1966, remains of all 44 who died were returned to their families for burial, except for Lieutenant Commander Omar R. Ford, who's will requested burial at sea. Accordingly, on November 6, 1966, while the Oriskany was underway way to San Diego, from Subic Bay, a funeral with full military honors was conducted on board and Commander Ford's body was committed to the deep in the Philippine Sea. Marines form honor guard in full dress uniforms. Bugler holds trumpet. A Navy Commander and a Lt. Commander stand at attention. Group of ship's officers acting as pallbearers, stand by the flag-draped body. The ship's company in formation in dress whites. The Destroyer, USS Chevalier (DD-805) visible in water nearby. Ship's Captain, John H. Iarrobino, walks across the flight deck to a podium and speaks. Sailors with heads bowed. Pallbearers commit the body to the deep. Marine honor guard fire rifle salutes. Bugler plays taps. Officers salute. Pallbearers ceremoniously fold the American Flag into triangle and present to the Captain. Ceremony is ended.