Christening of USS Ranger in Newport News, Virginia. The bow of the ship. People gathered for the ceremony. An officer speaks into a microphone. Mrs. Radford swings a champagne bottle and hits the bow. The ship starts to move away from the stand. A large crowd of spectators and some dock workers at the harbor. A parked car. Cars driven away from the harbor. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Arthur W. Radford, Mrs. Radford and U.S. Navy Admiral Arleigh Albert Burke on a speaker's stand. Honor guards stand at attention. Admiral Radford reviews the guards. U.S. Secretary of the Navy Charles S. Thomas and Admiral Radford.
The United States Army and Government officials dedicate a smokeless powder plant in Radford, Virginia. Officers seated on stage. A man gives a speech. A crowd seated during the ceremony. View of the munitions factory. Interior of the plant. Men work in the munitions plant. Men slide on inclined surface at the entrance.
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and defense team at Pentagon in Virginia. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and group posing in Secretary of Defense, Wilson's office. Among those present: U.S. Army General Matthew B. Ridgway, USAF General Nathan F Twining, U.S. Navy Admiral Robert Bostwick Carney, U.S. Navy Admiral Arthur W. Radford, U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Erwin Wilson, U.S. Army General Omar Nelson Bradley, USAF General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, U.S. Army General Joseph Lawton Collins, U.S. Marine Corps General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Admiral William Fletcher and others. President Eisenhower stand by Secretary of Defense Wilson and General Omar Bradley. Admiral Radford stands on the President's right. Line of Defense officials and officers identified by name. President Eisenhower seated with David Kyes, Harold Talbott, and Defense Secretary Wilson. Standing directly behind are: General Nathan F Twining, Admiral Radford, and General Omar Bradley.
Segment of U.S. Army public information television program called, "The Big Picture." Army cameraman records firing of a Nike missile. Atomic cannon fires shell creating atomic explosion and classic mushroom cloud. Army troops exit Sikorsky YH-19 helicopters. Infantrymen climb a hill while firing rifles in unison. Animated rotating world globe. Sergeant Stuart Queen emphasizes that, in spite of new weapon systems, the individual soldier is the essential element of the Army. Technicians in missile launch control blockhouse observe launch of a missile from steel tower. View from inside the structure of missile rising, and then of smoke as it heads skyward. Radar units and cameras tracking the missile. Views from a missile, of the ground below, as it accelerates upwards. More tracking cameras. A Matador missile being launched. A Viking missile being launched. Test of anti-aircraft missile launched horizontally, striking nearby target with explosion. A thermonuclear weapon test explosion. A Corporal missile being launched. Sophisticated electronic tracking equipment employed at desert test site. Convair experimental XFY Pogo seen in vertical takeoff during trials. Anti-aircraft missile, fired from Navy ship, strikes drone target aircraft, which falls in flames. Technician stands before a virtual wall of electronic equipment. Army Signal Corps television cameraman captures field maneuvers of Landing Vehicles Tracked (LVTs) and an M4 Sherman tank. A High-flying warplane fires an air-to-air missile destroying a drone aircraft target that falls in flames. Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. America's top military leaders sit around a table. At the head, is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Arthur William Radford. To his right are: General Nathan F. Twining, USAF, and Admiral Robert B. Carney, Chief of Naval Operations (back to camera). To Radford's left are General Lyman Lemnitzer, Army chief of Staff, and General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Commandant of the Marine Corps. Views of U.S. Navy warships firing heavy guns. A South Dakota Class Battleship firing her 16-inch guns. Navy aircraft being catapulted from the USS Ranger (CV-61). Gun camera view from aircraft firing guns. A USAF B-52 bomber in flight. Bombs falling from open bomb bay of bomber in flight and carpeting the ground with explosions. Low flying USAF aircraft demonstrating ground-support bombing techniques, dropping napalm and explosive bombs.
Film opens with goosestepping German and Japanese soldiers. Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse. American battleships burning in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur decorating a soldierin Manila, Philippines. Air raid sirens sounding in Manila and residents hurrying to take cover.Heavy black smoke rising from a bombed site and emergency vehicles and responders rushing to several bombed and burning locations. A burning rickshaw amidst other bombing rubble and bodies of victims. General MacArthur greeted by Australian officials at his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Sign reads: Headquarters UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES in Australia. American flag flying on tall flagpole. View from ship underway in supply convoy. A battleship seen on horizon and a destroyer passing the camera ship. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the "Lend Lease Act" of 1941. A U.S. industrial plant with four tall stacks emitting smoke. A steam locomotive belching steam. A locomotive pulling an open car and some tank cars. New 1941 Plymouth automobiles coming off a production line. A new M3 Medium Tank in a U.S. factory. View of Liberty Ships, including the "Zebulon Pike" and the "Henry Knox" under construction at the California Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Terminal Island, California. U.S. Navy Destroyers constructed at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. One is being launched, next to DD-446 (the USS Radford). A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft including Curtiss SBC Helldiver scout bombers and Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. A tight formation of U.S. Army Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bombers in flight. A formation of U.S. Army Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft in flight. Closeup of a U.S. Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. Several huge gun barrels for guns under construction at a U.S. war plant. Large artillery shells lined up in a manufacturing plant. U.S. Army M3 Medium tanks under construction at a factory. Steam and smoke rising from a U.S. industrial plant. Aerial view of open pit iron mine. Sparks shooting up inside a steel plant. A virtual "forest" of oil derricks in the Western U.S. Coal being transported by railway. View from stern of a warship in a convoy. An Atlanta-class light cruiser leading three destroyers at sea. Transport ships in convoys to places like Australia, Britain, and the Middle East. Troops on a pier near a large transport ship. A stack of wartime supplies on a pier next to a ship destined for Russia. Glimpse of wake from a U.S. warship having triple guns astern. Silhouette of a U.S. Navy Enterprise-class Aircraft carrier, with an aircraft taking off from her deck. The aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. U.S. Army soldiers marching on parade, followed by numerous jeeps with machine guns mounted in their rears. Young men being drafted into the U.S. military. A draft lottery being conducted. New recruits doing calisthenics. Trucks pulling artillery pieces. B-18 Bolo bombers flying over U.S. tanks. Closeup of M3 tank. Cavalry fording a stream. Soldiers on motorcycles. Troops crossing a pontoon bridge. A loaded troop ship. A troop transport at Newfoundland. Sentry in Trinidad. Troops encamped in Bermuda.Troopship docked in Greenland. Troops disembarking in Iceland. Formations of Curtis P-36 Hawk aircraft. Douglas DC-2 aircraft factory. P-36s with engines running. M3 tank suspended on factory crane. Officials of Pan American nations siding with Allies. Allied troops including Dutch, Belgian, Yugoslav, Greek, Czech, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Free French, Australian, New Zealander, South African and Canadian. British warships. British Hawker Tempest aircraft. British comandoes.Russian troops on parade. Chinese troops on the Great Wall
Christening of USS Ranger in Newport News, Virginia. People gather in a large number at a harbor. The bow of the ship. A speaker's stand. Several workers on a side of the dry dock. The bottom portion of the bow of USS Ranger. Workers handle lines as the ship slowly moves away from the dock. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Arthur W. Radford, his wife and several other people on the speaker's stand as the ship leaves the dock. The speakers stand alongside the dock. The ship backs away from the dock. People in the background.