Secretory of Navy, Paul Nitze and other dignitaries attend commissioning of aircraft carrier, USS America (CV-66) at Norfolk Naval Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Naval officers step from a limousine on the pier near the ship. Motorcycle escort leads a limousine to the side of the ship. Governor Harrison of Virginia steps from the car and climbs aboard the USS America. Secretory of State Dean Rusk arrives by car and boards. Other dignitaries arrive and board the USS America. View from a height of the wide flight deck of the USS America at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial original statue during its unveiling ceremony at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia on November 10, 1951 (This is after the statue had been moved from its original Constitution Avenue location in Washington DC in 1947, and subsequently renovated under sculptor de Weldon's supervision while it was in Quantico.). A sign on the memorial reads "Uncommon valor was a common virtue, 1945." Next scenes show sculptor Felix de Weldon as he works to build the larger Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was dedicated in November 1954. Felix de Weldon measuring a model of the flag raising on Iwo Jima made by him. de Weldon and others on his team work to carve the large war memorial in plaster before it is cast in bronze. Views of the sculpted faces of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima: Faces of John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block and Michael Strank. Brief glimpse of the original flag raising scene on Mount Suribachi in February 1945. Next scene, circa 1954 or 1955, shows the completed Marine Corps War Memorial in bronze, in Arlington Virginia, with Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial landmarks of Washington DC in the background. Close-up views of faces of a young boy, an elderly woman, and a middle aged man who removes his hat. American flag fluttering in the breeze atop the war memorial.
Busy streets of the cities in the United States. A woman officer at a desk of Army-Navy Screen Magazine's "By Request Department" addresses U.S. soldiers overseas during World War 2, and says they will show views of various American home towns by request.. Busy intersection along Capitol Street in Charleston, West Virginia. 1930s automobiles on roads and American citizens walking on city streets. Next scene shows the main street of Wytheville, Virginia with cars, pedestrians, and shops. Next scene is of main street area in Fall River, Massachusetts. Buildings seen on either sides of the streets and buses at bus station depot. Next view is of Springfield Street, looking toward Market Street in the center of Newark, New Jersey. Main streets of Winslow Arizona, with citizens dressed in Western wear, and then a main intersection in Tucson, Arizona, where a paper boy sells newspapers on a street corner.
Secretory of Navy Paul Nitze and other dignitaries on the commissioning of United States Ship America at Norfolk Naval Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Nitze speaks from a podium, ship's emblem behind him. Dignitaries and officials at the ceremony, seated in the hanger bay. Dignitaries seated on stage including Mrs. McDonald, wife of Naval Operations chief. Ceremony addressed by Secretory of State Dean Rusk, Captain Heyworth, Commanding Officer of CVA-66; and Governor Harrison of Virginia. Officer's choir sings in the ceremony. A sailor hoists U.S. National Flag as the ship is commissioned.
Secretory of Navy Paul Nitze and other dignitaries on the commissioning of United States Ship America at Norfolk Naval Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Governor Harrison of Virginia receives honors. Dignitaries depart from the ship after the commissioning ceremony is over. Chief of Naval Operations departs from ship. Side boys consisting of rated bosun salute him. Secretory of State, Dean Rusk departs after receiving honors. Secretory of Navy, Paul Nitze departs saluted by side boys.
The commissioning ceremony of United States Ship America at Norfolk Naval Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marine Honor Guard in ranks at parade rest during the ceremony. Ship's bandmaster and the band play near the hanger bay. Boarding guests include Governor Harrison of Virginia, Chief of Naval Operations followed by Admiral H.P. Smith and others. Vice Admiral Thach and others board the USS America. More Naval officers and ladies board the ship saluted by two navy men.