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.
United States and Chinese airmen at Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas July 1946.
The Neo-Classical building is the Texas State Capital at Austin, Texas and Austin Texas is noted on the graduate’s diploma “Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas”. At this time the 349th Troop Carrier Group was based at Bergstrom and assigned to the Third Air Force, Tactical Air Command as noted on the diploma. Also “Air Force Combat Units of World War II” Edited by Maurer Maurer states this unit trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft.
Film is very interesting in that it visually shows the transition from “Army brown to Air Force Blue” for the C-46s still carry the I TROOP CARRIER COMMAND insigne on the nose, with was disbanded on 4 Nov 1945 but they have the new AAF wide "Buzz Numbers" for all aircraft operating solely within the continental USA, by T.O. 07-1-1 of November 1945 and the graduate’s diploma is notating the new post-war air force type command reorganization of March 1946.
Coverage of a project at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah to determine the most effective means for destroying Japanese-type fortifications. 105mm Howitzer firing at targets into a hillside. Ground fire controllers at radio equipment. United States Army Air Force ( USAAF ) A-26 Invader bomber aircraft fire 11.75 inches Tiny Tim rockets and a USAAF P-47N Thunderbolt fighter aircraft fires 11.75 inches Tiny Tim and 5 inches rockets. Explosions on the ground throw billows of smoke up in the air. Photographs evaluating the results of rocket attacks. Tiny Tim rocket being mounted on P-47N aircraft.
Coverage of a project at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah to determine the most effective means for destroying Japanese-type fortifications. An unexploded Tall Boy (12,000 pound HE bomb) in a target area. The Tall Boy bomb hits a hillside. Smoke rises from the explosions on the hillside. A United States Army Air Force ( USAAF ) B-29 Superfortress bomber and a USAAF B-17F Flying Fortress bomber in flight and bombs fall. A survey team inspects the targets. Explosions at the hillside.