According the math @trapper-john and I have done (based off the fact that he’s a thoracic surgeon and therefore has specialized), we figured Hawkeye would have been roughly 24 when America entered WWII - which would have put him in med school. By 1945, he would have been roughly 27 and a resident. This means Hawkeye’s “this is my second war” could very well be true. He could, conceivably, have been a simple field medic. I’m not 100% sure how this messes with his draft in the Korean War, but work with me.
This also makes his whole singing Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to Radar that much more heartbreaking! Like, I can’t stand how much this is breaking my heart. I’m crying, Guys, I really am.
[Thank you to trapper-john for find the gif for me. Just to make everyone’s hearts break just a little bit more.]
“… You can plan on me. Please have snow and mistletoe and presents on the tree. Christmas Eve will find me, where the love light gleams. I’ll be home for Christmas. If only in my dreams.”
mental health issues aren’t considered “being chicken” or “life ending”.
(Dr. Freedman is a great psychiatrist!)
Even homosexuality gets slipped in
(there is seriously an episode where they go on a mission to make sure a gay character doesn’t get a dishonourable discharge because- why shouldn’t he be able to fight for his country?)
They frequently tackle racism and challenge the American ideals
There are strong female characters who grow
(from what started as the stereotypical blond patriot who then became a strong, independent woman who is a fantastic fully formed person,
as well as countless other female characters- some nurses, some doctors, some Koreans struggling to survive in their war torn country)
They challenge gender roles
And a guy trying to get out of the army by dressing as a woman, it never works because it doesn’t affect him as a soldier- but a female doctor offers him reassignment surgery when she first meets him.
This show is from the 1970’s.
It’s a 40 year old show.
I love this.
Big goals are important. You should always have a clear vision of where you would ultimately like to be. But be sure to set yourself a number of smaller goals along the way. Accomplishment drives ambition. The dream might be the destination, but the little triumphs will get you there.
Beau Taplin // B i g G o a l s L i t t l e T r i u m p h s