"Wagon Train" The Lieutenant Burton Story (TV Episode 1962) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A young lieutenant on his first assignment must face an overbearing, murderous sergeant who is determined to kill two deserters in cold blood. The sergeant wounds Chris thinking he is one of them and into a feud with Flint at the train.

  • Sgt. Kile and Cpl. Ben Rawlings are on a mountain peak when they see two men riding on a mountain trail in the distance. Kile takes a shot at the men wounding one of them which happens to be Chris riding with Duke. The Sgt. is part of a patrol under rookie Lt. Burton who is on his first assignment after arriving from West Point two weeks ago. Chris and Duke take cover thinking they are under attack from scavengers when the patrol arrives lead by Lt. Burton who apologizes for Kiles. The patrol is looking for two young men who deserted from Kiles' company. Lt. Burton tells Chris and Duke who realize Sgt. Kiles is running things how he would be lost without Sgt. Kiles who knows it since Lt. Burton is so new. The patrol moves on while Chris and Duke return to the wagon train. There they learn the two deserters were with the train for a couple days working to obtain supplies. They have left with instructions from Flint. The troop tracking the deserters ends up at the wagon train where things come to a head with Sgt. Kiles.


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