Forty thousand United States soldiers and National Guardsman of the third Army in military combined arms training maneuvers at Camp Shelby,and Desoto National Forest, Wiggins, Mississippi. U.S. Army Air Corps BT-9 Yale aircraft flying over tents and seen flying overhead. U.S. Army written on the wings of the planes. Troops moving in trucks and running across a field. Teams of horses pulling field artillery. Horses cooling off in canal water after the exercise. U.S. Army M2 Light tanks in maneuvers. Gun crews firing machine guns and field artillery pieces.
The involvement of the American soldier in the history and growth of the United States from early 1900s until roughly 1938 before World War 2. Scenes of Washington DC and Mount Rainier. Two Confederate and one Union Uniformed veterans of the Civil War walk together in the Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. U.S. Soldiers marching during World War I. U.S Cavalry riding in parade during World War I. Views of cities and towns in which U.S. Army posts were established, in the United States. Army troops and cavalry creating trails and paths, and eventually railroads, in wilderness areas of the United States. View of the Presidio Army Base and the Golden Gate Bridge, California. Subtle references to U.S. Army accomplishments, curbing Mississippi River floods (Corps of Engineers) and conquering Yellow Fever (Army Doctor Walter Reed) with views of: point of view shot from moving railroad train in a Colorado canyon; a side wheeler River boat on the Mississippi River; a sugar cane field in Cuba. View of locks in the Panama Canal. Statue of World War I soldiers
Californian Congressman Charles E Wiggins and North Carolina Representative Basil Lee Whitener during a visit to Camp Carroll in Vietnam. Congressman Wiggins with utilities and dark glasses. Lettering over pocket of utilities reads 'Representative'. Brigadier General Ryan with utilities, cartridge belt and utility cover speaking with Congressman Wiggins and Representative Whitener. An idling USMC UH-1E helicopter in the background. Corporal Robert E Scott of 'C' Company 3rd Regiment and Corporal Henry Willis of 'H' Company 3rd Regiment stand with Representative Whitener and another military officer. Cpl Scott and Cpl Willis speak to Whitener. Large tent in the background. U.S. Navy Captain Larry G Park (MACV) Saigon, speaking to Whitner. Cpl Willis look on smiling. Congressman Wiggins converses with Sergeant Major JM Westman of 'H' Company 3rd Marine Division. Mars standing near walls of sandbags around large tent. Representative Whitener holding small 16mm camera with fingers in his ears while guns are fired. Marines with utilities and covers stand atop 175mm M107 self propelled gun. Gun raised into firing position and fired.
A large crowd gathered at the Mississippi Economic Council silver anniversary meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, held at the Coliseum. President Nixon enters the meeting auditorium with his wife Pat. Whole of the crowd in auditorium applauds. Officials greet and welcome them on stage. Mississippi Governor William L Waller gives introductory address and praises Nixon's concern for Mississippi. President Nixon listens carefully to his words and shakes hands with him as he finishes his speech. Other officials attending included Senator Jim Eastland, Senator John Stennis, and Mississippi congressmen.
General of Army, Douglas MacArthur, speaking on the steps of the Mississippi State Legislature, addresses a joint assembly of the Mississippi State Legislature, and citizens, in Jackson, Mississippi. MacArthur emphasizes that charity begins at home. He questions the merits of America spending billions to fight communism abroad. Further, he questions the commitment of European nations to fight against communism. He notes that the U.S.A. had spiritual leadership of the world, backed by the greatest military power in history, at the end of World War 2. But he claims the U.S. dissipated that power, by betraying Nationalist China; and permitting the Soviet Union to expand into Eastern European countries; while American disarmed and demobilized.
A large crowd gathered at the Mississippi Economic Council silver anniversary meeting in Jackson, Mississippi. A large number of people gathered outside the auditorium to welcome President Nixon. Two news anchors from their desk watch the proceedings. Spectators applaud for President Nixon as he enters the auditorium. Mississippi elected officials on the stage greet and talk to each other. Officials attending included Governor William Waller, Senator Jim Eastland, Senator John Stennis, and Mississippi congressmen.