European kayak champions participate at a Kayak Race in France. The participants on their boats in the swirling water of Vezere River. The boats are upturned in the rapid river.
United States President Thomas Jefferson looks at a wall map of the Louisiana Purchase, acquired from Napoleon Bonaparte, the leader of France. Jefferson sits with a few officials seated at a table. A pictorial map showing the Columbia River and the Missouri River flowing into the Pacific. The Lewis and Clark expedition is sent to western territory. The life of the Native American Indians. The Indians wearing traditional costumes. Indians hunting buffalo. Scenic views of a hillside with a flowing river. Lewis and Clark cross a water body led by an Indian guide. A large waterfall. The expedition members sleeping in trees to avoid predators. The rapids of the Columbia River. Men crossing the river with water up to their necks. The men wading through the water holding their guns up. Natives watching the men. The course of the Columbia River. Two men from the expedition team lying beside a tree. The expedition watches English men in boats on the river who have come from Canada to establish outposts.
Focuses on Korean War (1950-1953). U.S. tanks and troops cross Han River to capture Seoul, Korea. Tanks moves across the river. River village is taken over by the U.S. forces. Tanks and troops advance on muddy field. Words written on tank read 'We Three My Driver, My gunner, And Me. Enjoy Yourself It's Later Than You Think'.
View from moving boat on Potomac River as it approaches docks for "Suitland Hall" Air Force facility in Washington DC. Scene then changes to view of Andrews Air Force Base and building for the Headquarters of the Military Air Transport Service. A C-121 Constellation aircraft parked on airfield at Andrews Air Force Base. C-47 Skytrain taxis into parking space. Airman pushes hospital ramp up to C-47 Skytrain. Wounded man on litter carried out of the aircraft into waiting ambulance. View of Bethesda Naval Hospital and then a view of the Walter Reed Army Hospital building. Early 1950s era cars parked in front of the Senate Building in Washington DC. 1950s cars move by on roads and streets of Washington DC in front of Federal buildings. Exerior views of the Museum of Natural History, and of the Mellon Art Gallery and National Museum of Art. Inside the American National Air Museum, a close up view of the Bell X-1, USAF aircraft #46-062, nicknamed Glamorous Glennis.
A female Air Force service member walks up to a IBM Card Sorter with a stack of punch cards. She loads the card sorting machine and presses the start button. Early computing punch cards fall into various slots. She transcribes information from these cards and hands forms to officer at a desk. Sergeant sitting at desk, talks to an Airman. View of U.S. Capitol building and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Tourists look at Lincoln statue in LIncoln Memorial. View of National Mall and reflecting pool. Man takes picture of woman with Washington Monument in the background. View of the Jefferson Memorial, and then across the river in Arlington Virginia, a view of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Airman stands in front of church. Close up views of 1953 license plates on cars from various states including California, Wyoming, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee, and the Canal Zone. View of various embassy buildings in Washington DC. View of the White House. Large crowd of visitors walk down the North entrance drive in front of the White House. U.S. military servicemen riding in a bus. Bus stops at drop off area in front of Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, in Alexandria, Virginia. Sign board reads "Mount Vernon Home of George Washington." Service members touring on grounds of Mount Vernon, and exterior views of front of main house at Mount Vernon, with service members seated on chair on porch, and looking out at the scenic Potomac River from the porch. View of information center building at Bolling Air Force Base, and a woman inside giving information on sight-seeing to service members. Military service members standing outside the entrance at the base of the Washington Monument. Wide view of Supreme Court building. Another sign board reads "National Zoological Park" in front of the National Zoo. Tourists view a giraffe inside the Washington Zoo. 1950s car drives through shallow water cascading over road in Rock Creek Parkway area. Elevated view of a parade in Washington DC as military units pass in review.
Major events of 1953. Field ambulances arrive at Freedom village bringing repatriated prisoners at the end of hostilities during the Korean War. General William Harrison of United States and General Nam II of North Korea sign the armistice agreement in Panmunjon bringing the war to a halt. War weary American soldiers return home and receive a warm welcome. Soldiers hug their family and friends as they reunite with them. The Statue of Liberty in New York, United States. (Note: Among those repatriated, seconds 18-21 and 26-28 of the clip show Rifleman George Hobson from Fazakerley, Liverpool, of the Royal Ulster Rifles, who was shot and captured at the Battle of the Imjin River in 1951.)