A documentary depicts activities of U.S. Department of War workers in the United States during World War 2. Scenes of various 1940's clocks on bedside tables. War department workers wake up with the alarms. They get ready for work. Cars passing on the streets of Washington DC. Buildings along the sides of the street. People lined up waiting for public conveyance. A bus arrives. Bus and car traffic on the "Highway Bridge" over the Potomac River toward Arlington Virginia. (The Highway Bridge, a swing-span through-truss bridge, was part of the 14th Street Bridge complex over the years. It was eventually replaced by the George Mason Memorial Bridge, and in 1967 the Highway Bridge was removed and taken to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren Virginia, to be used for bombing practice). View of the newly built Pentagon War Department building in Arlington Virginia, and views of large parking lots at the Pentagon filled with cars. Workers walking inside the Pentagon building corridors. A line of women seated and working at telephone switchboards in the Pentagon, and consulting an updated telephone directory. A sign at the door of a room reads 'Security Office, Identification Section'. A woman goes inside. Woman named 'Phyllis Hood' gets her identification card and finger prints for her identification in the office. She is seen taking an oath. Hood working at her desk. She files statistical reports. Exteriors of various Washington DC buildings being guarded by United States Army personnel for the Military District of Washington during World War II. A covered anti-aircraft gun installation in Washington DC is shown opening as US Army soldiers take up positions to use the artillery during practice drills. A guard standing outside the White House building.
Opening scene shows a wheat field in the United States. White hot molten metal collected in ladles as a furnace is tapped. Sandstone buttes the Navajo Nation's Monument Valley Park. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, looking North from the Art Institute. A white church in a suburban setting. The Japanese cherry trees in bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington,DC. A major river and an old fashioned stern wheeler River Boat cruising on it. A street scene in New Orleans, Louisiana. A roadway in Florida. A fishing village scene in New England. A formation of oil well pumps operating out West. Cowboys herding cattle. View of the Statue of Liberty with dramatic sunset behind it. Two U.S. Marines conversing as they look at the Manhattan skyline in New York City. Aerial view of the skyscrapers on Manhattan Island. View of Times Square in Manhattan, with the Astor Hotel visible (It was razed in 1967). Police officer directing traffic at an intersection. Two Marines walking past the United Nations Building in Manhattan, New York City. View of the General Assembly Building and construction site of the The Dag Hammarskjöld Library Building being added in front of it. Camera pans upward showing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Camera pans the U.S. Capitol building, followed by the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument (viewed from steps of the Lincoln Memorial across the reflecting pool, in Washington, DC. A Marine color guard marches across the lawn in front of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington Ridge Park Virginia, as the Marine Band marches and plays. Closeup of the Memorial with American flag flying above it.
Headquarters of the United States Department of Defense at the Pentagon in Virginia, United States. An officer at a desk as he speaks to a man. The name plate on the desk reads 'Mr. Reilly DOD' . An officer at a desk as he sorts out papers. The name plate on the desk reads 'Lt. Col. G.M. Gibbs, USAF Strategic'. An officer speaks over a phone. The name plate on the desk reads 'Col M.E. Jessup, USA Command Center Operation Chief'.
Film opens with February 1st, 1967 Change of Command Ceremony for Commanders in Chief of U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC). General John Dale Ryan is assuming command from General Joseph J. Nazzaro. A color guard stands with American flag flanked by flags of Air Force, SAC, units, and award ribbons. A military marching band marches in front of a stage (reviewing stand) where Generals and guests are seated, including Generals Nazarro and Ryan, plus the Commanders of SAC's three Air Forces. Civilian leaders present included Nebraska Governor and Mrs. Norbert Tiemann. Closeup of General Ryan. View of Governor and Mrs. Tiemann standing amongst six Air Force Generals. A traditional ceremony for change of command ensues. The flag of outgoing General Nazzaro is furled and cased and the flag of incoming General Ryan is unfurled and uncased. The flag ceremony completes as the two Generals exchange positions. Views of Generals and guests. Closeup of General Nazzaro.The band plays and marches and a contingent of U.S. airmen march in review. General Nazzaro renders them a parting salute and then he and Ryan shake hands and both turn to greet the Governor and his wife.
Apollo 204 review board at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in United States. Technicians disassemble the scorched upper part of the Apollo 1 module following the tragedy of January 27, 1967.
Apollo 204 review board investigating tragic accident involving Apollo 1 command module.Formal meeting at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in United States. Members in board room discuss matters amongst themselves. Among those seated at the conference table is Colonel Frank Borman, USAF, in civilian clothes. He turns and looks toward the camera. " Secretarial support Board Inquiry" is written on the door of an adjoining room where a staff of administrative and clerical persons are working.