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Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
11/12/2017 12:59:57 AM

The Real MASH

I saw a documentary today about the real-life 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and how much of the camp and its personnel inspired the novel and series. Among the doctors and nurses who were interviewed, we also got notes from Gene Reynolds, Gary Burghoff, Jamie Farr, and Loretta Swit.

I haven't seen this documentary before, but I'm guessing it was made a number of years ago, because none of the TV people interviewed look as old as they do now (particularly Gene and Loretta).

Anyway, there were a number of interesting things about the documetary that I hadn't known before, but really shed light on how much we saw on the show was inspired by what went on at the real 8055. Ho-Jon, for example, was based on an actual Korean houseboy whose future the personnel worried about after the camp is dismantled, so they raised money to send him to college in the states.

And the documentary confirmed that Dr. Richard Hooker/Hornberger was the real Hawkeye Pierce, but as we know, he disliked Alan Alda's characterization because of how liberal and anti-war the character was, when Dr. Hornberger was actually conservative and a proud supporter of the military.

Ruptured Brook

Posted:
11/12/2017 5:43:20 PM

Is this something you can point us toward, Big Daddy?

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
11/12/2017 8:22:21 PM

It was on the cable channel Reelz yesterday - I don't see any future airings listed. :|

Ruptured Brook

Posted:
11/13/2017 11:48:07 PM

Well, I appreciate you checking for us. I'll keep my ears to the ground periodically.

Nice to know there was some legitimate inspiration for Ho-Jon. It's nice to know that there was concern over someone they would be leaving behind at the war's end...it would be easy in a lot of ways to forget about the nightmares and the people, in an effort to look home. It isn't even something I would expect from an average person in that situation.

Ruptured Brook

Posted:
11/13/2017 11:52:29 PM

Now I'm thinking that's the reason they wrote and produced "The Foresight Saga" in S10 with Park Sung, the Korean kid who's a farming whiz. Perhaps they were paying a bit of homage to that storyline, particularly if they weren't sure there was going to be a season 11?

FinestKindinTN

Email: ryvan@aol.com

Posted:
11/14/2017 1:53:58 AM

Big Daddy O'Reilly wrote:
It was on the cable channel Reelz yesterday - I don't see any future airings listed. :|

Nooooo!!!! I'd really like to see it!!!

AB

Posted:
1/22/2018 10:40:43 AM

One of the things that impresses me the most is that the survival rate of the 4077th isn't an exaggeration. Real MASH units had a survival rate of over 97%, which is the figure that's stated a couple of times during the series run. In other words, the show wasn't unrealistically portraying "Saints in Surgical Garb"; that success rate was very true to life.

Big Daddy O'Reilly

Posted:
9/2/2018 9:16:05 PM

Hey everybody, this documentary will be airing on Reelz again tonight if you want to try to catch it again.

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