Major General Alexander Vandegrift, USMC, who, as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division, also commanded other U.S. military units involved in the invasion of Guadalcanal in World War 2. He discusses those joint U.S. military operations. The U.S. Destroyer, USS Blue (DD-387) seen bombarding Guadalcanal.A B-17 bomber overhead. U.S. Marines decend rope net into landing craft of the attack transport, USS George Clymer (APA-27), later seen with the USS Harry Lee (APA-10) and numerous landing craft around them. A landing craft from the Harry Lee arriving and Marines jumping out. Many U.S. troops wading ashore from landing craft. Troops carrying supplies ashore. Officers salute as American flag is raised on rugged flag pole. Numerous Japanese prisoners of war marching and in outdoor confinement. Japanese prisoners being processed. Japanese soldier using shoe clamps to quickly climb a tall palm tree. Admiral William Frederick Halsey, Jr.decorating a flyer with the Distinguished Flying Cross. View of the medal.Halsey decorating marines, including Major General Alexander Vandegrift, USMC, seen wearing the Navy Cross. Sign on palm tree reading: "Hospital Station C-1-Med." Wounded inside hospital tent. Troops gathered for religious service. U.S. troops dug in and moving along jungle path. Fallen Japanese soldiers on shore of Guadalcanal.Smoke rising from Japanese bombing of Henderson Field and construction continuing with heavy equipment. A B-17 bomber landing on the field. Names on B-17s at the field, including: "Spook," "Leis-Lady,"and "Boomerang." A Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft taking off from Henderson field. Film concludes with parade of warships and overflight of warplanes (including a biplane).
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