Cavalcade of America - Exploration and Military, vol. 2


These historical dramatizations of humanitarian progress are true American hero tales featuring vintage music, intriguing interviews, and even Broadway & Hollywood adaptations.


Compass Classroom is delighted to present Exploration & Military, vol. 2 as part of The Cavalcade of America series for use with Dave Raymond’s American History course or as a standalone resource for your homeschool.

These historical dramatizations of humanitarian progress are true American hero tales featuring vintage music, intriguing interviews, and even Broadway & Hollywood adaptations. Be sure to check out Exploration & Military, vol. 1 for even more exciting historical re-imaginings! The Cavalcade of America was produced by the DuPont Company to burnish its motto of “Maker of better things for better living through chemistry.” The programs originally aired on CBS radio from 1935-1953, and on television from 1952-1957.

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49 30-min MP3 files tagged for use in iTunes or similar music database.

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56 Dramatizations



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Episode List

  1. Bernadine I Love You, Originally broadcast 03/05/1945. A big, stupid-but-lovable G. I. needs the help of the Red Cross to assist with his love life.
  2. Sign Here, Please, Originally broadcast 03/19/1945. The story of the adventures of the crew of an LST through several island invasions in the Pacific. Gayne Whitman makes a mistake at the very start of the show.
  3. The Philippines Never Surrendered, Originally broadcast 04/30/1945. The Philippines Never Surrendered is the story of guerrilla warfare against the Japanese on the island of Mindanao.
  4. Artist To The Wounded, Originally broadcast 05/07/1945. A commercial artist volunteers to draw portraits of wounded soldiers for the U. S. O., but then her lover is reported missing in action!
  5. Weather Is A Weapon, Originally broadcast 05/14/1945. A weather forecaster stationed in Greenland is badly needed in Europe during “The Battle Of The Bulge.”
  6. Recon Pilot, Originally broadcast 05/28/1945. An ace fighter pilot, itching to fight the Japs, is assigned as a reconnaissance pilot instead. The story is based on an army training film of the same name.
  7. Assignment for the Prof, Originally broadcast 08/27/1945. A portrait of a day with a crew of combat cargo flyers, which is not nearly as boring as it sounds! This Cavalcade drama tells of a fascinating secret of World War II, a dangerous adventure undertaken by a civilian. It stars Burgess Meredith as Harold Moffett Professor of geology who receives a call from the war department in Washington. He is asked to go on a mission out of the country to do a worthwhile job but a job for his country that he may not return home from.
  8. Cargo Over Burma, Originally broadcast 09/03/1945. The story of two G. I.’s who escape from Nazi occupied France by hiding as a clown and an acrobat in a circus.
  9. Sawdust Underground, Originally broadcast 09/10/1945. It is November 1944 in occupied France. Two American soldiers escape from a German prison camp, a sergeant from New Jersey and a corporal from Texas and are pitted against the Gestapo. Sawdust Underground tells the tale of the two American infantry men who found out what the Germans already knew, that guns and whips and torture cannot destroy the hearts and courage of a great people.
  10. Nellie Was A Lady, Originally broadcast 09/17/1945. The adventures of Nellie Bly, daredevil lady reporter for the New York World, who actually made an around the world journey in less than eighty days!
  11. 200,000 Flyers, Originally broadcast 10/01/1945. The story of the Army Air Forces and how it was made into a potent flying force before the war. The broadcast originates from Hollywood.
  12. Children This Is Your Father, Originally broadcast 10/15/1945. When an ordinary soldier returns home after fighting the war at a desk, he finds himself a stranger to his own children.
  13. My Son John, Originally broadcast 10/29/1945. The U. S. S. Seawolf seems to be a jinxed submarine when a new crew member causes a streak of bad luck.
  14. A Guy Who Had To Have A Horse, Originally broadcast 11/12/1945. A cowboy from Montana finds himself in the Navy, and the owner of a flea-bitten colt! The broadcast originates from Hollywood. Jimmy Stewart stars as Vance Gorman in The Guy Who Had To Have A Horse. Vance Gorman is going in to the army and like any self-respecting cowboy he is going in to the horse cavalry and his friends in Montana all buy him a saddle as a leaving present. But when Vance goes to the army office he discovers they have put him in the navy!
  15. Direction Home, Originally broadcast 12/03/1945. A man working as a civilian employee of the Navy helps in the development of “Radar,” and has to put up with the scorn of his father-in-law.
  16. Alaskan Bush Pilot, Originally broadcast 03/18/1946. Cavalcade brings you the story of one of the little known unsung heroes of America’s last frontier, Alaska. The are the Bush Pilots, the fliers who carry in supplies, who deliver the necessities of life to the people who are making Alaska.
  17. Algerian Adventure, Originally broadcast 06/17/1946. Mordecai Noah, the United States Consul to Algiers, tries to free American sailors held prisoner by the Barbary Pirates.
  18. One Wagon Westward, Originally broadcast 09/30/1946. Johnny Sager, a fourteen-year old boy, continues his wagon train journey to Oregon after his parents die…and brings his five brothers and sisters with him! The broadcast originates from Hollywood.
  19. Mr. Conyngham Sweeps The Seas, Originally broadcast 10/21/1946. The story of Gustavus Conyngham of the U. S. Navy during the Revolution, who fought the entire British Navy…with one ship!
  20. Flying Tigers Fly Again, Originally broadcast 10/28/1946. The story ot The Flying Tigers, from fighting the Japs to flying the freight. Bob Prescott, president and founder of The Flying Tigers appears on the broadcast.
  21. Frontier Widow, Originally broadcast 04/28/1947. The story of Ann Robertson, a pioneer settler and teacher in the Cumberland Valley of Tennessee.
  22. Mission To Cuba, Originally broadcast 09/01/1947. The story of Lieutenant Andrew S. Rowan, his travels through the jungles of Cuba, and his “Message To Garcia.”
  23. Towards The Horizon, Originally broadcast 12/01/1947. The story of John Wesley Powell, the explorer who was the first to go down the Colorado river and travel through the Grand Canyon.
  24. Gettysburg, Originally broadcast 09/13/1948. The story of the famous battle is told through the eyes of ordinary people.
  25. Action At Santiago, Originally broadcast 10/04/1948. The exciting and well-dramatized story of Lieutenant Hobson, who undertook a certain-death mission to bottle up the Spanish fleet at Santiago, Cuba.
  26. Bryant’s Station, Originally broadcast 10/25/1948. Mrs. Prudence Potter battles the Wyandotte Indians in the wilderness of young America in 1782.
  27. The Gift Of Johnny Appleseed, Originally broadcast 01/03/1949. Jonathan Chapman encourages Link Baron and his wife-to-be to follow his example and head West.
  28. Dinner At Belmont, Originally broadcast 04/11/1949. Sarah Polk, the widow of the president, tries to promote a romance between a southern belle and a Union soldier during the Civil War. The fate of a university hangs in the balance!
  29. Spindletop, Originally broadcast 11/29/1949. The story of Anthony Lucas, who discovered the oil fields of East Texas.
  30. South Of Cape Horn, Originally broadcast 12/13/1949. An adventure story about the discovery of the Antarctic continent by Americans. This is a true sea story, which occurred in 1820. It is a deep-sea tale about superstitious sailors and ghost ships. Story written by George Faulkner based on a portion of the book Clipper Ship Men by Alexander Laing.
  31. Honor Bound, Originally broadcast 01/10/1950. The story of Sam Davis, one of the heroes of the Confederacy. The broadcast originates from the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville.
  32. The Firefly Lamp, Originally broadcast 04/25/1950. The story of Will Mahone, the determined engineer who managed to build a railroad through the Great Dismal Swamp.
  33. John Yankee, Originally broadcast 08/29/1950. John Adams defends eight British soldiers against a charge of murder. The first show of the show’s sixteenth season. The script was subsequently used on “American Portraits” on July 24, 1951 (see cat. #88872). Basil Rathbone plays the part of John Adams, attorney for the defence in one of the most famous murder trials in American history, that same John Adams who was to become the 2nd president of the United States.
  34. A Mockingbird Sang, Originally broadcast 12/26/1950. The story of Civil War spy Lieutenant Beasley Nichol of the Confederate Army, who discovered the plans of the Union Army.
  35. Man Of Action, Originally broadcast 04/17/1951. The story of naval hero Commodore David Porter, and his valiant but losing battle against the British.
  36. Sound The Great Bell, Originally broadcast 07/03/1951. A combat story, with echoes of the Liberty Bell ringing in a dying man’s ears.
  37. What Makes A Hero, Originally broadcast 09/04/1951. The story of Corporal James Slayton, and how he won the Congressional Medal Of Honor, the DSC, and many more honors.
  38. The Doctor Gets The Answer, Originally broadcast 09/11/1951. A look at how the Army is treating “Battle Fatigue” in today’s combat soldiers.
  39. The Giant Who Stepped Over The Mountain, Originally broadcast 12/11/1951. Part one: “The Lewis and Clark Expedition.” Part two: “Greeley Polar Expedition.”
  40. As If A Door Were Opening, Originally broadcast 01/22/1952. The story of the Marquis de Lafayette, his commission in the Continental Army and his first meeting with General Washington.
  41. Doctor Commando, Originally broadcast 02/26/1952. The story of General Sams, who landed behind enemy lines in Communist Korea, to investigate reports of an epidemic of plague.
  42. Adventure On The Kentucky, Originally broadcast 03/11/1952. The story of Cincinnatus Shryock, a ferryman over the Kentucky River during the Civil War, who aided the Confederacy by helping the Union troops!
  43. The Marine Who Was 200 Years Old, Originally broadcast 03/18/1952. An excellent Marine saga about Lou Diamond, a combat Marine who couldn’t be stopped. Good radio. William Bendicks stars as Sergeant Lou Diamond in The Marine Who Was Two Hundred years old. This is his story as told by one of his buddies…
  44. Breakfast At Nancy’s, Originally broadcast 03/25/1952. Nancy Hart’s Revolutionary War activities are dramatized. This is the story of how she used her woodland cabin as a way station for Continental Army messengers.
  45. The Prisoner Of Castle Thunder, Originally broadcast 05/13/1952. The story of Spencer Kellogg Brown, an unsung hero for the Union forces during the Civil War.
  46. The Green Wall, Originally broadcast 05/20/1952. An imaginative tank commander comes up with the idea that caused “The Great St. Lo Breakthrough” and eliminated the Normandy hedgerows as a tank obstacle.
  47. The Valley Of The Swans, Originally broadcast 05/27/1952. The program originates from Seaford, Delaware. Early settlers in Delaware are led into the wilderness by Pieter Plockhoy.
  48. One Way Out, Originally broadcast 10/07/1952. One Way Out is a true story of Korea. This is a story of war and yet it isn’t a war story it concerns men and the intangible something called the American way. It begins in November 1950 in the war torn country of Korea. It begins with a bunch of marines and a problem and like all stories of this or any other war its heart is in the men who fight it, men like Danny Parker.
  49. The Saga Of Jerry O’Brien, Originally broadcast 10/14/1952. The story of the first off-shore skirmish of the Revolutionary War, which took place near Machais, Maine.
  50. That Moore Girl, Originally broadcast 10/28/1952. A young girl becomes a Revolutionary War hero when the rebels’ plans are overheard but no one will warn the militia. The story of Behethland Moore.
  51. Away All Boarding Parties, Originally broadcast 11/18/1952. A good war story about an attempt to capture a Nazi sub and her secret code books.
  52. Barbed-Wire Christmas, Originally broadcast 12/16/1952. Four thousand American P.O.W.s in a German concentration camp are determined to attend a midnight mass, even though the Gestapo has forbidden it. A good Christmas story.
  53. Operation Miracle, Originally broadcast 02/10/1953. This is a story that happened to a man named Edward Ellsberg (November 21, 1891 – January 24, 1983) a Captain in the United States Navy. His assignment? Perform a miracle. The story begins in early 1942 four months after Pearl Harbor. American Flying Fortresses were roaring off the runways of England. In the Pacific GI’s were hacking through the jungles of New Guinea but this story begins in Washington DC in the office of Captain Ellsberg…
  54. Dangerous Mission, Originally broadcast 02/17/1953. The story of Captain Allan McLane of Delaware during the Revolutionary War, and how he was responsible for our victory at Stony Point. + History in part is a record of military action and at the heart of such action is the flashing daring technique of the raid. In the list of heroic raiders no mans beams glow brighter than those of Captain Allen Mclane (1746–1829) of the Continental Army in the War of Independence. Written by William Kendall Clarke based on material from the book The War of the Revolution volume 2 by Christopher Ward.
  55. The River Finds A Master, Originally broadcast 03/17/1953. The story of the invention of Henry Shreve, the man who made river navigation safe for steamboats.
  56. A Time To Grow, Originally broadcast 03/31/1953. As Robert Livingstone helps young America make the Louisiana Purchase, his friend Pierre du Pont de Nemours lends invaluable assistance. The last show of the series.


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