Barton, a sixteen-year-old orphan, is struggling to establish a stock
farm with Bess as a nucleus. He is persuaded to enlist in the Seabees
and is in camp when he receives word that Bess is in difficulties.
His leave is delayed and shortly after he reaches home, Bess perishes.
He is an embittered young man as he sails for service in the Pacific.
On an island, retaken from the Japanese, he discovers an injured mare,
remarkably like Bess, and nurses her back to health. Later, Tex is
wounded by a Japanese sniper and the mare brings him back from the
jungle to receive aid. In time, orders come for him to be evcuated
to the United States. It looks as though he and the horse would be
separated. But he is confident that they will not, and eventually
his confidence is rewarded, thought not quite in the way he expected.
Marshall Thompson - Tex Barton
George Tobias - Lug Johnson
Clem Bevans - Smitty
Donald Curtis - Lt. Bridgeman
Murray Alper - Johnny
Wally Cassell - Mike
Jim Davis - Harry
Chill Wills - Chief Petty Officer
John Burford - Shorty
Johnny Bond - Oakie
Bess - Herself