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.
Circa-1990 aerial flyover of Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, followed by brief vintage footage of Walt Disney in an office in 1955, introducing Disneyland and showing a giant map of the theme park on his wall. Shots of July 1955 opening ceremony are presented along with shots of the Disneyland 35th anniversary celebration. Ronald Reagan is seen at both events. President Ronald Reagan in 1990 seen congratulating the park on it anniversary. Then a flashback shot to 1955, with actor Ronald Reagan leaning over a balcony of Main Street in Disneyland and talking about the opening celebration. Cutting back to 1990, Roy E. Disney is seen unveiling a plaque at the anniversary celebration. Scene shifts back to 1955, with Walt Disney welcoming visitors to Disneyland during its opening celebration, and a view of a plaque unveiled at the park's opening. In 1990 footage, Roy Disney notes that no one except Walt could have predicted the success of Disneyland. Views of visitors at contemporary Disneyland enjoying a teacup ride and on the Splash Mountain log flume ride, followed by scenes with colored confetti falling at the 35th anniversary celebration.
Turkey's ambassador to the UN, Salim Sarper, strikes a gavel, while seated at the delegate's table of the UN Security Council in New York, United States. Israeli delegate, Abba Eban is seen chatting with others. Abba Eban with British UN delegate, Sir Pierson Dixon, to his left. Scene of council room.
A film about uses and importance of weapons since old times in the United States. Camp Perry in Ohio. Military Trophies and civilian NRA trophies for world series in marksmanship placed on a table. Service personnel and civilians at Camp Perry. Insignia on the back of the shirt of a participant. A 5th Infantry Division insignia on the back of a man. National Small Arms School instructors brief civilians and personnel in operation and firing of M-1 rifles. Participants fire rifles at a range during a competition. U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Matthew B. Ridgway presents trophies to winners of the competition at a ceremony in Washington DC. Scene changes to show a group of boys, all members of the Fairlington Junior Rifle Club in Arlington County, Virginia. The boys (and one girl also seen) wear shooting jackets with various patches commemorating NRA and other events. Boys seated on the ground. The boys and girls take prone position and fire rifles at a range at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, during an outing, supported by the U.S. Army. Some of the children use their own rifless, modified for lighter weight. They cross the range together to look at targets. An instructor helps a boy. A boy loads a rifle and fires it. He looks through binoculars to check the accuracy of his shot. Sergent Stuart Queen at a desk as he speaks.
Views of various structures and objects after being exposed to atomic explosive test shot "Apple 2" during U.S. Army Exercise Desert Rock VI. A wooden frame house splintered by the blast. A low concrete structure, relatively intact. An overturned Army vehicle. An unsheltered low-wing monoplane, number NG 489851, with skin stripped from its horizontal stabilizer and wing tips. A P-47 aircraft appearing relatively intact. A badly damaged two-wheel trailer. A relatively unscathed auxiliary power unit on a stabilized trailer. Vehicles reduced to rubble. Radar unit and accompanying truck and power unit, seemingly OK, but dish antenna may be damaged. Three soldiers stand around an M2HB heavy machine gun knocked from its stand. A B-29 bomber sits on a ramp with a sign in front of it warning of radiation. A ground crewman sprays the bomber down with a pressure hose to decontaminate it by washing off radioactive particles. A soldier rides a jeep out to check radiation readings on a vehicle that had been exposed. Troops walk back from ground zero and undergo personal cleaning with brooms and checks by geiger counters. A soldier being checked, including his boots. Soldiers sweeping dust from M48 tanks used in the exercise. A soldier being "interviewed" by another, about means of coping with atomic weapons on the battlefield. A formation of soldiers marching, led by one carrying a Corps of Engineers Guidon with the number 14 on it.
[Note: According to the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, from February 18 to May 15, 1955, the United States conducted Operation Teapot, a nuclear test series at Yucca Flat and Frenchman Flat on the Nevada Test Site in the continental United States. During the test period 14 nuclear shots and 1 non-nuclear shot were detonated. Several thousand scientific, military (army, air force, navy, marines), and civilian contract personnel participated in the organization, planning, and execution of the test series. Military exercises undertaken during and following the shots took place under the name Desert Rock 6.]
The U.S. Army prepares for its "Desert Rock 6" atomic maneuvers and tests , as part of Operation Teapot atomic tests in 1955. U.S. Army troops in trucks, pass through entry gates, headed for ground zero of atomic test shot "Apple 2" , the 13th in this series, scheduled for May 5, 1955, at the Nevada test site. A soldier with clipboard notes their passing. Next, the Control Center Building is shown. It displays several types of antennas. View from inside the building. Vehicles moving in area near the control center. Low-level aerial view of the "ground zero" area. Men walking into a bunkered shelter housing instruments for measuring atomic explosion data. View upward from ground, of instrumentation being setup on a steel tower outdoors. Glimpse of a soldier who will be participating in the exercise. A technician adjusting instruments atop the steel tower. Soldiers walking into ground zero and inspecting an artillery piece there to determine the planned explosion's effects on it. Other things placed in the area to determine effects atomic explosive effects on them include: sand-bagged emplacement; a jeep (labeled, Test Equip. off limits); a 155mm howitzer; A Browning heavy machine gun; portable field radio; trench mortar; simulated soldiers, including steel helmet and rifle; trees; an unsheltered North American B-45 tornado aircraft; and Republic P-47 aircraft in both sheltered and dug-in positions. Workmen are seen erecting buildings in a model village (including mannequins representing occupants and food to be tested). M-48 Patton tanks and their crews, part of "Task Force Razor" are seen raising dust as they travel across deserts to the Nevada test site. Army soldiers performing maintenance on their tanks and equipment prior to entering the test site. More trucks and equipment approaching the test site.