The Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in Virginia, United States. Footsteps echo in Pentagon hall as camera moves along corridor toward the Hall of Heroes. John Charles Daly stands next to a giant replica of the U.S. Medal of Honor and speaks about medal recipients. He steps in front of a display listing names of Medal of Honor recipients and explains the medal's significance. Scene shifts back in time , to May, 1968 when President Lyndon Baines Johnson is seen speaking at the dedication of the Hall of Heroes, where he confers the Medal on recipients from each of the four military services. He calls out the names of : Charles C. Hagemeister (Army); James E. Williams (Navy); Gerald O. Young (Air Force) and Richard A. Pittman (Marine Corps). President Johnson says their names will be placed with others in the new Hall of Heroes. The President places the medals around the necks of the respective recipients as citations accompanying their awards are read. Next, Mr. Daly is seen again in front of the list of recipients. He notes that these four new additions brought the total of names to 3,210.
Self-portrait of Richard Nixon aired during his 1968 presidential run against Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace in the United States. An interviewer asks Richard Nixon what did he think when he made a decision to run for the President of the United States in 1968. A picture showing Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon. The interviewer asks if he felt any strain on the family. Nixon says he thought of his family first. A picture showing his wife Pat Nixon and daughters Julie Nixon and Tricia Nixon. Nixon calls this presidency more of a challenge in terms of America being involved in the Vietnam War and in the Cold War with the Soviet Union. A photograph shows Richard Nixon with his wife Pat Nixon, daughters Julie and Tricia and Julie's husband David Eisenhower at a beach. He says that present time is different from World Wars I and II because now America is a great power and there should be a best possible leader to lead the nation. Nixon states that America needs a kind of leadership that would obtain peace and avoid war and surrender. A picture of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nixon.
John Charles Daly discussing the Medal of Honor and the Spanish American War. Scenes of waves crashing on shores. Mr. Daly standing in the Hall of Heroes, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. speaks about Americans called to do battle outside the United States. Map of Cuba with flame and smoke over Havana Harbor. Officials around a conference table. A poster with picture of the USS Maine and words: "Remember the Maine." Excerpts from films depicting events in the Spanish-American War. The Spanish flag being lowered and replaced by the American flag. Back in the Hall of Heroes, Mr. Daly points to names of 30 Medal of Honor recipients from the Spanish-American War, on the wall. He notes they were the first to win Army Medals of Honor on foreign soil. He states that 81 Navy and Marine Corps fighting men were also awarded the medal.
A political broadcast, based on the first civil right of every American citizen that is to be free from domestic violence, in the United States prior to the 1968 Presidential Election. Still images show Democratic presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey at the party's convention in Chicago, Illinois. Riots in the United States following assassinations of prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Senator from New York Robert F. Kennedy, in 1968. U.S. soldiers battling the enemy in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. A picture depicting poverty shows a poor family.
Funeral service of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, United States. A large number of people carrying candles gathered for the funeral services. People around grave site hold candles. Pallbearers carry a flag draped coffin bearing the body of Senator Robert Kennedy. Pallbearers walk amidst a large crowd. They place the coffin on the ground.
Funeral services for U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, United States. The flag draped coffin placed on the ground. The late Robert Kennedy's brother Ted Kennedy, his wife Ethel Kennedy and their children attend the funeral mass. People gathered around the coffin.