Children die in an accident in Utah, United States. A train hits a bus. The smashed bus. People stand around the bus. They take out children from the bus. The track where the accident took place. Three men stand on the track.
First scene shows the State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next a sign identifies a military separation center in Fort Douglas. Soldiers in uniform are being processed for separation from the U.S. Army. A sergeant salutes an officer and receives his discharge papers. Narrator identifies Corporal Kirk being processed by a sergeant. He later salutes and receives his discharge papers. Corporal Kirk steps down the stairs from a house,arm and arm with his girl friend. They are seen enjoying a soda together. Next, they shop together for a civilian hat for him. Then they share shopping for a complete civilian wardrobe. They share time skiing together. Glimpse of some national parks in Utah and of the great salt lake. View of people floating easily in the dense waters of the salt lake. Views of the Mormon Tabernacle. The couple stroll streets of Salt Lake City. They visit the Veterans' Information Service. He sits with an advisor. View of Provo, Utah and the Geneva Steel Company there. Exterior views of the industrial steel plant. Hot coke being discharged into special rail cars. Steel plant operations with fiery molten steel being poured from Ladles. Billets of steel being formed. Open rail cars full of ore at the Columbia Iron Mine, Cedar City, Utah. A steam shovel loading ore into a truck. Coal mined and moving on conveyers. Miners leaving a mine in open box cars. Miners in rail cars entering a mine. A sign reading: "Welcome, Binghan Canyon, Home of the World's largest Open Cut Copper Mine, Drive Carefully!" Views of the open mine with numerous terraces cut into the walls. A steam shovel digging and loading copper ore into rail cars that carry it away across rail bridges. A sign for the Eitel-McCullough, Company, Inc. where radar tubes are currently being made. Several women employees in the plant.
On Utah and Mormonism (LDS or Latter Day Saints). Dramatization of the Mormon migration, showing large wagon train crossing prairies and wagons, horses, and cowboys crossing a river; scenes of snow covered mountains as people continue westward; view of people overlooking Salt Lake City valley. Mormon people farming, locust attack on farms and people massed together beating down locusts with shovels. Depiction of seagulls arriving in mass to destroy the locusts. Elevated view of Salt Lake City including Mormon Temple, Temple Square, and Utah State Capitol building in the mid 1940s. View of Fort Douglas building in Utah. Sign on board reads 'Separation Center Fort Douglas'. U.S. Army soldier at the separation center in Fort Douglas after his return from duty in World War 2. Army corporal receives a certificate that reads 'United States Army Honorable Discharge'. U.S. Army Corporal with his wife.
War veterans in Utah, United States. A sign for the city of 'Ogden'. Traffic on the streets. A sign reads 'Entering the Cedar City'. Farmers till and plow farm land. Cattle graze on farm lands. A war veteran talks to Veteran's Department official. The veteran meets the Dean at the University of Utah campus. He enrolls for a course at the university and attends lectures.
Baseball events in 1938 in the United States. Closeup of Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds followed by scenes of him pitching during his two back-to-back no-hitters against the Boston Red Sox and the Brooklyn Dodgers, respectively. Spectators seated in the stands. Legendary baseball player, George Herman "Babe" Ruth, now a Brooklyn Dodger coach, is seen donning a Dodger uniform. He hits a ball on the sidelines during warmups. View of fans seated in the stands. Baseball team New York Yankees in its dugout during the 1938 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Yankees defeat Cubs. New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy shakes hands with Chicago Cubs Manager Gabby Hartnett after New York wins the World Series in four games straight. New York Mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, is seen in a box seat, wearing a large-brimed hat. He holds his nose and waves a hand in distain. The spectators in the stands cheer. From a September 16, 1963 newsreel featuring events from 25 years earlier.
A large number of passengers aboard the ocean liner SS Manhattan (later USS Wakefield) in the United States. Scene from January 10,1938 as the USS Manhattan returns from her Europe trip. A large number of passengers aboard the ship. U.S. Ambassador to Nazi Germany William E. Dodd is interviewed by media persons about his Europe trip. He declares that living in Europe at the time is discouraging and there is crisis in Europe as Nazism and Fascism are gaining ground everywhere. The ship is underway and arriving at New York Harbor on September 30, 1939, carrying 1837 persons, its largest passenger count ever. The passengers are fleeing war-torn Europe early in World War 2. A sign on the ship: 'Manhattan United States Lines'. The passengers in mass numbers at a harbor. The Statue of Liberty in the background.