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 Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “mash. Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

The first thing I thought of was mashed potatoes which I really love if they are homemade. Then I thought Of the TV show M.A.S.H.

My dad loved M.A.S.H. and, watching it with him, I came to love it, too. Dad was in something like a MASH unit in Korea after he was wounded in the leg. It wasn’t a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, but something similar. He told me that the doctors there acted crazy just like on M.A.S.H.

Among my dad’s stash of MASH memorabilia is a hat he made to look something like Henry Blake’s hat. Henry was in charge before Col. Potter. Henry was a goofball, but he was a good guy. Here’s my dad’s hat which I don’t think I will ever be able to get rid of.

It was interesting to watch how the TV show MASH changed over the years with the characters growing deeper, yet still using humor. The show had a good mix of humor, drama, and thought provoking messages. The book was okay, but showed the characters as much more…. okay, my stream has been interrupted trying to think of the word to describe the men in the MASH book, because it was a lot more about the doctors who were somewhat lacking in integrity when it came to women more so than the TV docs. But the TV show was on CBS, so….

How many years was MASH on? Wait while I look that up… meandering down a side stream…. The show aired from 1972 to 1983. Eleven Years. I never get tired of watching MASH reruns.

Who was your favorite MASH character? It’s hard for me to pick one. Honeycutt was a nice guy. Hawkeye, was funny and had a good heart, but I have to identify with Margaret Houlihan who was the only female main character, though nurse Kelly was given more of a role over time. And Klinger, well, let’s not go there. Margaret, Hawkeye, and Radar where the only three characters who were in the whole 11 years of the show.

Here’s a scene from later in the series – as it started to mature – with Margaret and Hawkeye.

So as not to further disrupt the stream, I went back and looked for the photo of my dad in Korea. He was in an Able Medical Station around 1952. He’s the guy on the right in the first photo. Looks like he’s wearing PJs. I don’t know who the other guys are, but some must be medical staff.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “M*A*S*H

  1. Thank you for sharing, especially a part of your world with your father’s pictures!.. I liked all the characters in MASH as, like rest the world and you and your family, each were different, important and added their own unique story to the book of life… πŸ™‚

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

    • You’ve clarified an excellent point about the importance and uniqueness of each character. Thanks, Larry. I’m glad you liked the family photos. πŸ™‚

  2. Great post, JoAnna. I like your little side-streams. My favorite character was Colonel Potter. I liked Harry Morgan from his Dragnet days. I can’t blame you for hanging onto your dad’s hat.

  3. JoAnna, I think it’s wonderful that you have momentos of your father. Thank you for sharing them with us. I also enjoyed Mash, even though I had no personal connection. Have a great weekend! ❀

  4. I’ve never watched any of the M*A*S*H series and am only now learning what the letters stood for. We didn’t have TV in Guyana during that period. It was great that you spent time with your father, watching one of his favorite TV programs πŸ™‚ Such memories are precious ❀

  5. It would be really hard to work on a real MASH unit I am sure. I watched the TV show and remember the movie as well. I did have a problem with depiction of Margaret Houlihan and the way she was treated by the men in the film. I thought it was extremely sexist and mean. I hope it was not an accurate depiction of the way male doctors related to nurses in real MASH units. Unfortunately in those days it could be the way it was. The photos from your father’s tour in Korea are great to have.

    • I also felt uncomfortable with how some of the men treated the nurses, how they talked about them (It was worse in the book published in 1968) and how Margaret was portrayed. The men were often mean, sexist, and and acted like bad adolescents. In later years, I think the writers did better – it’s like the characters started to grow up. Margaret stood up for herself, and there was more focus on her as a professional. along with more overall integrity toward the end of the series.

  6. Ahhhh … the memories of one of my all-time favourite shows! Interestingly, this is the second post I’ve read this week about M*A*S*H! My favourite character? Radar O’Reilly, of course! 😊

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