United States Marine Corps seal. Bomber planes in flight and attack. U.S. soldiers on a beach in combat. Officers outside an office at the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia. Sign 'Disbursing Office Marine Corps Schools - Quantico Virginia'. An officer ensures the security of American amphibious forces. He shows a card which needs to be filled by soldiers in Operation Security.
A film titled 'Uncommon Valor' about the raising of the U.S. flag by U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. United States naval fleet underway off the coast of Iwo Jima. U.S. Army Air Forces aircraft in flight. U.S. 4th and 5th Division Marines disembark from a ship and get onto landing crafts as they head towards the Iwo Jima shoreline. Marines land ashore and advance inland. They raise the American flag on Mount Suribachi. A newspaper boy sells newspapers on a street in the United States. A picture of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi. View of sculptor Felix De Weldon as he carves a sculpture of the flag raising event. Scenes from the unveiling and dedication ceremony of the original limestone statue on November 10, 1951, at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, for the 176th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps. (The version of the statue seen in this footage had been placed in front of the Navy Department Building at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 19th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C on 10 November 1945. It features 9 foot figures at 1.5 times life size scale. This sculpture was moved to Quantico Marine Base on 17 November 1947. It had been originally constructed by De Weldon of Indiana limestone, cement, and sand due to a lack of bronze during the war. At the time of its move to Quantico in 1947, the statue had deteriorated due to weather. Also, coats of paint to give the look of bronze had hidden much of the detail and had to be removed. Felix de Weldon supervised the repairs at Quantico before the statue was officially dedicated at the main entrance of Quantico on 10 November 1951, as seen in this ceremony). Officers lined up at the ceremony and many guests in the audience. A parking lot seen in the distance behind the assembled crowd. Cover sheets being removed as the war memorial is unveiled at Quantico.
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.
Opening scene shows ticker tape parade for U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur underway in New York City on April 20, 1951. General MacArthur waves to parade goers from back of an open car. Scene shifts to funeral procession for General MacArthur on April 11, 1964, in Norfolk Virginia. Honor guard accompanies his caisson. Mourners including his wife Jean MacArthur and son Arthur MacArthur IV walk in a procession during the funeral ceremony. The casket of General MacArthur covered by a U.S. National Flag.
John Charles Daly stands in the Hall of Heroes, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. Behind him is a display containing names of the American military recipients of the Medal of Honor. He points to a section of a display listing 131 names added during the Korean War. He then moves to the latest section of the display, covering the period 1964 and subsequent, in the Vietnam War. At this point, the film begins to depict scenes from the Vietnam conflict. An American soldier holding a rifle is silhouetted against a light sky background. U.S. soldiers firing M-16 rifles. shadow cast by a Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter flying overhead. Soldier firing machine gun from M113 armored personnel carrier (APC). U.S. gun crews firing 105mm howitzer; 175mm self-propelled gun; M107 Howitzer; and battery of howitzers in the field. Army troops inside a helicopter. View from below of CH-47 helicopter (Jolly Green Giant) landing and troops leaving its rear door. A patrol of American soldiers firing their weapons as they move forward. Soldiers dealing with difficult terrain. One stepping through deep mud. Infantry patrol moving and taking cover. A soldier using field radio. A UH-1 flying over palm trees. Infantry moving through jungle accompanied by M113 APC. Explosions and fire. Soldiers boarding a Huey helicopter, as the ship's gunner delivers covering fire by machine gun. Soldiers having a smoke while airborne in the helicopter.
United States Marine Corps drive M422 Mighty Mite jeep in Quantico,Virginia. United States Marine Corps drive M422 Mighty Mite jeep on the rough and rugged terrain. Trees in the background.