Officials dressed in white business suits, march, flanked by American flags,in a parade for the National Youth Administration, past the Captiol Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They are followed by youth in black overalls, shouldering spades. Behind them march girls, carrying a banner reading: "NYA, Caguas Proyecto." A truck comes next, displaying a large poster in its rear reading: "NYA for Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Leads the way," amd listing various NYA youth projects in Puerto Rico. Youth carrying N.Y.A. banners and American flags come next, followed by more young men carrying spades. Youthful firemen stand beside reels of hoses and a sign reading: "Bomberos de Guayama." An official pins a badge on the lapel of a man being honored. Next, a fireman, and two youth demonstrate by spraying water from their hose along the street. Remainder of the film is a montage of views. Scene shifts to the harbor, where two U.S. Clemson class destroyers are seen. Then boys are seen playing on a beach. A closeup of a young woman. Closeups of several of the youthful firemen previously seen. Several youth with spades, seen from the rear. An American flag wafting in a breeze.
From a 1952 U.S. Army television program titled The Big Picture. U.S. troops in a fox hole in Korea. A U.S. tank carrying many GIs in Germany.US ski troops in Alaska. Amphibious training on beach in Puerto Rico. United States Army Sergeant James Mansfield introduces the story of United States Seventh Army in the Allied Invasion of Southern France, "Operation Dragoon." Army Colonel William Wilson Quinn seated in office, with army rifle on his desk. He refers to the "Blue Badge" which is the Army infantryman's badge. Then he introduces the story of the Seventh United States Army: On 14 August 1944 Bay of Naples is seen as an open air Marshalling area. Barrage balloons float above the area. Large landing ships sit at dock with their front loading doors open. 3rd,45th and 36th division combined into 7th United States Army. Mechanized war equipment being loaded and checked off the loading chart. 7th army soldiers march through streets. Red Cross workers distribute donuts. Soldiers board ships. Ships leave harbor to join convoy. Ships docked at the West Coast of Corsica. Officers meet for conference aboard ship. Men attend last minute details. Some pray. Animated map depicts the route of the advancement by the troops. Port Cros and Levant : French commandos landed on these islands. U.S. B-25 bombers in flight drop bombs. Fighting ships take their positions. Navigators, gunners and signal men alert. Soldiers prepare for fight. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft fly in formation. A B-24 bomber over mountains. B-25s in flight.509th Parachute Infantry Battalion being inspected at airport. Paratroopers get into aircraft. Aircraft taxis and takes off. United States Army Air Force C-47 Skytrain and C-54 Skymaster military transport aircraft in flight toward Southern France. Paratroopers descend to ground and advance. Gliders land. Soldiers unload and ready artillery. Aerial view of rugged terrain. Ships underway at sea. Officers look through binoculars aboard ship.
Formation of U.S. 8th Air Force B-17 bombers in flight over Germany during World War 2.Gunners firing 50 caliber machine guns from various positions in a B-17, as attacking German intercepter aircraft race past. One German aircraft is hit and pieces of it fall off. B-17 enters bombing run. View of bombardier and bomb sight image. German aircraft continue attacks and gunners continue defending as the bombardier announces "bombs away." This is a high altitude mission and all crew members are on oxygen. Glimpse of pilot and copilot in cockpit. Pilot alerts gunners to a German FW-190 aircraft attacking them. Waist gunners pause to look at a German fighter smoking, as it falls, and strikes the ground in an explosion. Sequence shifts to formation of B-24 Liberator bomber on a mission with bombs visible dropping from bomb bays. Sequence shifts again, rapidly, to a formation of B-29 Superfortress bombers dropping bombs. Nighttime view of incendiary clusters being dropped on Japan.
(Note: One of the B-29s seen is serial number 42-24547, assigned to the 6th Bomb Group, 315th Bomb Wing. This B-29 crashed short of the runway on 31 Dec 1944, at Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico, where the 6th bomb Group underwent combat crew training. And the B-29s shown do not display any tail codes.)
Aviator Charles Lindbergh visits San Juan, Puerto Rico. A huge crowd awaits his arrival at an air field. Lindbergh's plane 'Spirit of Saint Louis' lands and taxis. Men move towards the plane as it comes to a halt. Closeup of the 'Spirit of Saint Louis'. Several officials stand near the airplane as Lindbergh prepares to leave the cockpit. Among them is George H. Estes, Jr., Commander of U.S. Troops in Puerto Rico. ( He held rank of Brigadier General, in 1918, but now wears peacetime rank insignia of Colonel.) Others greeting Lindbergh include Puerto Rican government officials and civilians, who watch as Lindbergh climbs out of the cockpit. Lindbergh poses with Governor of Puerto Rico, Horace M Towner, and other officials.
Inauguration of Luis Munoz Marin as first elected Governor of Puerto Rico. Large celebration with parade of U.S. troops and Puerto Rican National Guard. View of the Puerto Rican Capitol Building. American and Puerto Rican flags. Governor Luis Munoz Marin reviews parade. He takes the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice of the Puerto Rican Supreme Court, Angel de Jesus. Standing behind the Governor, is U.S. Senator, Henry Cabot Lodge, who has his hand on the Governor's back, and congratulates him. The Governor speaks over microphone. Decorated floats pass by during the parade. Children cheer. Huge crowd gathered to watch the parade and cheer. Aerial view of the Puerto Rican Capitol Building.
The University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras Campus. The Capitol Building with the U.S. flag on it.