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Major Nathaniel Burnham
Nathaniel Burnham
Nicholas Pryor as Major Nathaniel Burnham on the CBS TV series M*A*S*H.
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: Major (O-4), U.S. Army
Job/Role in Unit: Visiting officer from Army HQ who visits the 4077th to study the way it operates, on the behalf of the Army's intention of creating a new unit closer to the front
Home: ????
Hair Color: Brown, slightly greying
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Family/Personal Information
Born: Owings Mills, MD, U.S.
Birthplace: ????
Nationality/Race: American/Caucasian
Spouse(s): ????
Relatives/Children: None mentioned
Appearances
First appeared in: "Rumor at the Top" (Season 10)
Last appeared in: N/A, One time appearance
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H
Played by: Nicholas Pryor in Guest appearance

Major Nathaniel Burnham is a character who appears in the Season 10 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H episode titled "Rumor at the Top". The part of Major Burnham is played in the episode by Nicholas Pryor.

About Burnham and new MASH unit plansEdit

In the Rumor at the Top episode, when Major Burnham arrives on a fact finding tour on behalf of Army HQ,  the whole camp, most notably, the officers-- are all concerned that what Burnham, who is there on behalf of a General Torgeson, an old nemisis of Potter's, finds, will be used to ship members of the 4077th into a new unit that General Torgerson plans to start closer to the front.

All the officers, and Klinger, begin to feign incompetence, hoping that they would not be one of the people selected to join the new MASH unit. Finally, just as Burnum has had enough, as he readies to leave camp, wounded arrive, and he sees the 4077th snap into action. He hangs back, watching, and realizes he's been duped!

Later, in the Mess Tent, as everyone begins to worry about what's going to happen now that Burnum has seen how the 4077th really operates. Burnham and Potter join them, and Burnham reveals what he's here for: to gather information about creating a new MASH.

It turns out that Burnham's fact finding tour of the 4077th was misinterpreted -- he's not there to pull someone out of the 4077th--he's simply there to learn how they operate at such a peak efficiency rate, so they could copy it in hopes to create another MASH as effective as the 4077th! Everyone is relieved when Burnum admits, "Breaking up the 4077th would be like splitting up the Yankees!"

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