Ed McKeever learns from Jeb that his two daughters have been spotted in a Kiowa camp. McKeever goes to the Army for assistance to rescue his kidnapped daughters who were taken 5 years ago by the Kiowa Indians when he was left for dead. Col. Kilrain at the Army post asks Cheyenne to volunteer to lead twenty men in the rescue but Cheyenne believes the mission is pointless as the girls could have left if they wanted. Nevertheless, Col. Kilrain orders Cheyenne to lead the group but due to limited manpower, Cheyenne must make due with volunteers from the guardhouse prisoners. When McKeever offers $300 per man, eleven men volunteer along with Sgt. Baker and McKeever. The group calls themselves the Army guardhouse brigade. Cheyenne has the men dressed as civilians to appear as a hunting party instead of soldiers. Leading the men, Cheyenne is to rescue both daughters not knowing if they both have become part of their captors lives. The mission starts successfully with the capture of the two ...
Did You Know?
The book 'The Dirty Dozen' that E.M. Nathanson wrote was likely a steal from this episode. Cheyenne is assigned to lead a band of a Dozen criminal "Volunteers" from the Guardhouse on a Suicide mission to rescue Ed McKeever's two daughters who had been kidnapped by Chief Tanaka 5 years earlier. (It may be no small coincidence that Clint Walker
, played one of the Dirty Dozen, Samson Posey, in the blockbuster movie of the same name some 12 years later. Walker, standing 6 feet, 6 inches (198 cm) tall with a 54-inch chest and a 38-inch waist easily deserved the name Samson.) See more
Col. Kilrain introduces Ed McKeever to Cheyenne as "Ivan". See more
Mr. McKeever, I was taken by the Cheyennes when I was ten years old. When I was eighteen, I just walked away with their blessings.