United States cruiser USS San Francisco (CA-38) returns home, after heroic engagement against Japanese forces in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, during which Admiral Callaghan, its skipper, was killed. Sailors aboard the ship. The heavy cruiser docks in United States. Lieutenant Commander Bruce McCandless, the Commander of the ship who replaced Callaghan and guided the ship through the rest of the battle and safely home, stands with his wife. Admiral King decorates McCandless with the Medal of Honor. Crew stands in the background. Admiral King shakes hands with the Commander.
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