10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘M*A*S*H’
6. Army Men
Of the entire cast two members actually served in the U.S. Army: Jamie Farr, who played Klinger, and Alan Alda, who played Hawkeye Pierce. Alda was in the Army Reserve for six months in Korea and Farr enlisted and was stationed in Japan and did a USO Tour through Korea. Meanwhile, Wayne Rogers, known for his role of Trapper, was in the U.S. Navy for a period of time as a ship navigator and Mike Farrell, who played BJ Hunnicut, was in the U.S. Marine Corps. Due to his time in the Army, Farr’s dog tags on the show were the actual ones from his service and he revealed they held his real personal military info which included his real name, serial number and religion.
5. Gary Burghoff’s Hand
Gary Burghoff as Cpl. Waltar ‘Radar’ O’Reilly was one of the show’s most popular characters, but there was something about him that many fans never noticed. Burghoff’s left hand has a small deformity in which three of his fingers are smaller than normal and two of his fingers were slightly fused together by extra skin. Burghoff did not want it focused on in the series. In order to take any emphasis off his hand, Radar is usually seen holding something or simply has his hand in his pocket. His hand can be seen at the beginning of the pilot episode when he is holding a football and in a season six episode when his character is trying to lift weights.