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.
U.S. President Harry Truman arrives at Washington's Griffith Stadium in a car flanked by several Secret Service agents. Announcer notes this is the first time a president has attended a baseball game since the start of World War Two. President Truman and first lady Bess Truman take seats. Truman signs an autograph. Truman, a lefty, receives baseball from Washington Senators' manager Ossie Bluege and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Also in attendance is the commissioner of baseball, Albert "Happy" Chandler. Game begins as visiting St. Louis Browns take the field. The Senators' second baseman George Myatt gets a hit to advance George Case. Washington star Cecil Travis (playing in his very first game since returning from 3+ years military service) makes an infield out but drives in the Senators' first run. Washington goes on to win the game 4-1.
A documentary on The United Nations Conference on International Organization that continued from April 25, 1945 to June 26, 1945 in San Francisco. A plane in flight and ships are seen in San Francisco Bay. Aerial views of Golden Gate Bridge. People on streets on San Francisco, with streetcars, buildings, pedestrians, and mid 1940's cars vseen. Aircraft parked at a USAF Base as delegates from 50 countries arrive. Delegates like Jan Christian Smuts from South Africa, Vyacheslav Molotov from Russia, U.S. secretary of State Edward Stettinius arrive in San Francisco. Delegates register for the conference. United States flag on a building. Interior of the War Memorial Opera House serving as the initial meeting hall. Delegates seated. U.S. President Harry S. Truman addressing the general assembly remotely, as delegates listen through radio speakers in the opera house. Narrator recalls words of Franklin Roosevelt and recorded audio of Roosevelt is heard where he urges continuation of the work first begun by the defunct League of Nations. View of various working committees and smaller groups of the organization meeting during the Spring of 1945. Representatives debate and review concepts initiated at the Dumbarton Oaks conference in Washington DC in 1944. Delegates addressing those assembled and signing documents that create the United Nations.
Film opens showing forward port section of the British Battleship HMS Prince of Wales in Placentia Bay, Argentia, Newfoundland. Next, Winston Churchill is seen greeting President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he arrives to meet with him during their Atlantic Conference in 1941. The President is assisted by his son, Army Captain James Roosevelt. The entire ship's company is seen assembled on deck for a church service. Closeup of President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and their principal advisors. all singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" during the service. Scene shifts to December 7, 1941, showing the American battleship USS Arizona and other battleships being bombed by Japanese aircraft. View shifts to the White House in Washington, DC. on July 19, 1940, President Roosevelt is broadcasting his speech to the Democratic National Convention, accepting nomination for an unprescedented 4th term as President. Views of ordinary Americans in various settings. Legislators congratulating the new Vice President, Harry S. Truman, after inauguration in January 1941. Truman seated and surrounded by staff and well-wishers. View of Truman, his wife, Bess and daughter Margaret, walking across the lawn at their home in Independence, Missouri. View of the three of them, inside their home, opening and sharing congratulatory messages received by the new Vice President. Immediately following FDR's death, now, President Truman is seen assuring the public that he will continue the course set by his predecessor. Glimpses of President Roosevelt seated in front of the White House and at his desk. In Yalta for the Big Three Conference, Roosevelt rides in a jeep as Prime Minister Churchill walks beside. Closeup of Roosevelt and Churchill. Participants gathering for the Yalta conference. Closeup of Roosevelt and Stalin. Churchill arriving and taking his seat. Closeup of the Big Three, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, looking frail, after his election to a 4th term, late in 1944. Newspapers announce his death, on April 12, 1945. View from high above, of funeral procession for Franklin D. Roosevelt. Crowds of mourners line sidewalks in Washington, DC, along the funeral route. Members of the military, in the crowd, salute as the flag-covered coffin of the President passes. Military pallbearers carry the coffin into the White House,for a funeral service in the East Room, and on April 15, 1945, to a gravesite at the Roosevelt family home, Springwood, in Hyde Park, New York. Eleanor Roosevelt at the gravesite, Hyde Park, with her children, including sons, James and Elliott, both in military uniforms.
Victory in Europe Day during World War II. View of street corner as people walk to and fro at intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street Northwest in Washington DC, United States. People walk at the street corner with an American flag at half mast in the background. American citizens in typical dress of 1945. View of the street signs at the instersection '15th St" and "Penn Av" Newspaper headlines declare end of World War II in Europe. The Washington Afro American newspaper headling, "War Ends in Europe". Front page of the the Jewish Journal and Daily News with Hebrew text.