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Dedication of Marine Corps War Memorial at Quantico Virginia, and sculptor Felix de Weldon working on sculpture for Arlington location.

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.

Date: 1955
Duration: 5 min 35 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Presidential election debate in Washington DC. Richard Nixon, debating John F. Kennedy, speaks about the spread of Communism.

The second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in Washington DC, United States. Moderator Frank McGee introduces the candidates - Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy. The Moderator tells the rules to the candidates regarding questioning by the reporters. The reporters include Paul Niven, Edward P. Morgan, Alvin Spivak, and Harold R. Levy. Paul Niven asks Nixon to comment on whether Truman Administration was responsible for the loss of China to the Communists. Nixon answers and says that he disagrees with Senator Kennedy's statement that Cuba is lost and certainly China was lost because of Truman Administration. He talks about the decrease in the number of dictators in Southern and Central America in the past years. He speaks about Kennedy's book 'The Strategy for Peace' which prohibits the Americans from interfering in internal affairs of any other state. Kennedy presents his views and says that he never suggested that Cuba was lost. He criticized Nixon because in his press conference in Havana in 1955, he praised the competence and stability of the Batista dictatorship. He criticized the failure of the administration to use its great influence to persuade the Cuban government to hold free elections. He hopes that some day Cuba would rise if the U.S. changes its policies towards it.

Date: 1960, October 7
Duration: 6 min 41 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: English
 
 
USIS programs include musical Porgy and Bess and orchestra, sprinter Jesse Owens, writer William Faulkner, and a trade show.

Audience watching performers bow at the conclusion of a performance of Porgy and Bess sponsored by the USIS. View of performance by the "Symphony of the Air, " formerly known as the NBC Toscanini Orchestra, in Tokyo. Author William Falkner is seen visiting with an audience in Japan. Olympic athlete Jesse Owens shows his running block technique to a crowd gathered in Malaya. A test preview of a USIS "People's Capitalism" exhibit is shown at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Two Asian women place a pot on a stove as part of the exhibit. A 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible is displayed at an international trade fair in Salonika, Greece. A man demonstrates and electric razor at the Greek trade show sponsored by USIS. King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece visit the U.S. trade fair and watch children play on a jungle gym, with toy tractors and with a toy teepee. A crowd gathered at the trade show stand in line to see themselves on a television monitor. View of crowd seen on television. A large spiral display sponsored by USIS demonstrates the "Open Skies Proposal" A model of a B-52 bomber is also at the display.

Date: 1956
Duration: 2 min 45 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A soldier arrives at the U.S. Military District of Washington DC and reports to Fort Myer to join the U.S. Army.

A soldier (PFC Ed Griffiths) arrives in new assignment with the U.S. Army in Washington DC, United States. U.S. Army Sergeant Stuart Queen in his office. Military MATS C-131 (Convair 240) airliner in flight over Washington DC area with PFC Griffiths and other personnel aboard. Army personnel seated in the aircraft. The captain makes arrival announcements. Aerial view of the Washington Monument , the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, and Potomac River and the Capitol. Military Air Transport Command C-131 parked and passengers descending stairs upon arrival in Washington, DC. They exit the Operations building and look for ground transportation to their destinations. Soldier gets into a taxi cab. He looks at the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Monument, across the Potomac River, as the cab drives, along the George Washington Parkway, past them. He arrives at the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Headquarters, at Fort Myer, and reports for his new assignment in Headquarters Company, U.S. Army. The Sergeant in charge introduces Sergeant Stuart Queen to the soldier. He is warmly welcomed.

Date: 1955
Duration: 4 min 3 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
President Eisenhower distributes certificates of membership in the "Society of Remagen Bridge", which he instituted

Former commanders who were involved with the seizure of the Remagen Bridge, in Germany, March 7, 1955. On the tenth anniversary of that event, President Eisenhower presents them certificates of membership in the "Society of Remagen Bridge," which the President instituted, personally. The last to receive his certificate is Lieutenant General John W. Leonard, former Commanding General of the 9th Armored Division. Among others present are: Charles E. Wilson, Secretary of Defense; General Carl Spaatz, former commander of U.S. Strategic Air Force in Europe; and General Alfred M. Gruenther, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. President Eisenhower, seated at a table, with General Carl Spaatz, at his left, poses for pictures surrounded by the recipients

Date: 1955, March 7
Duration: 1 min 40 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Headquarters Company U.S. Army drill during ongoing physical training serving the U.S. Army Military District of Washington

U.S. Army personnel assigned to the Military District of Washington DC undergo a physical training in Washington DC. At the U.S. Army Military District of Washington soldiers perform drills during ongoing physical training and maintenance. Soldiers stand in formation (this appears to be near grounds of the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia with George Washington Memorial Parkway in background) and their platoon Sergeant, Master Sergeant Queen, inspects them. Shown is the insignia of the unit: a sword across the Washington Monument.

Date: 1955
Duration: 1 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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