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M*A*S*H stars to take part in Fayetteville veterans celebration

Posted July 29, 2013

— Three stars of the television show M*A*S*H will take part in the third Heroes Homecoming celebration in Fayetteville, which will pay tribute to veterans of the Korean War.

Actors Jamie Farr, who portrayed Cpl. Klinger, Loretta Swit, who played Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, and William Christopher, who played chaplain Father Mulcahy, will participate in the Nov. 8-11 event.

"We are ecstatic to have cast members of M*A*S*H joining us for Heroes Homecoming III this year,” John Meroski, chief executive of the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a statement. “M*A*S*H brought much needed awareness and recognition to veterans and victims of the Korean War, and the actors' presence at Heroes Homecoming III is an important reminder that we have not forgotten the sacrifices of those soldiers."

The actors will interact with soldiers and families stationed at Fort Bragg, recount memorable experiences from the set of M*A*S*H, attend a Veterans Day blood drive and provide autographs and photo opportunities throughout the weekend, officials said.

The event will also feature a parade and an all-night M*A*S*H marathon at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum on Nov. 9.

The Korean War is often referred to as “the forgotten war” because it was fought between the higher-profile World War II and the Vietnam War. About 34,000 Americans were killed during the three-year conflict, which ended 60 years ago this week.

Korean War monument in Fayetteville Fayetteville to honor Korean War veterans

"There are so many veterans who have served," said James Humphries, who served in Korea. "A lot of them have gotten lost after they returned home. Some of them have been forgotten. People will pass them in the street and not speak to them."

Meroski said Heroes Homecoming is committed to honoring every Korean War veteran and ensuring that they will always be remembered.

“For too long, these veterans have been largely forgotten by the public, and no amount of gratitude can thank them for their brave service and sacrifice," he said. "The heroic actions of our soldiers, both past and present, are unspeakable and deserve unmeasurable amounts of recognition, and we are proud to be hosting an event in their honor.”


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  • Sherlock Aug 1, 2013

    Wish I could e there.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 31, 2013

    "They would have drawn more people with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and car." - djofraleigh

    Probably so. But as another poster noted, MASH, while a comedy, also showed the horrors of war. I think it's pretty neat, though to be honest the soldiers would probably perfer NASCAR.

  • LastSon1981 Jul 30, 2013

    I think this is great. Good for them taking the time to show up. I've read through the comments and am very disappointed in the negativity. What are you people doing for the troops?


    I fought beside them for 8 years what have you done for your country lately

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 30, 2013

    I think this is great. Good for them taking the time to show up.
    I've read through the comments and am very disappointed in the negativity. What are you people doing for the troops?

  • shaglady Jul 29, 2013

    MASH raised awareness of a forgotten war and brought awareness of one going on at that time. It helped us realize the REAL COST OF WAR. I think this is GREAT.

  • sceeter Jul 29, 2013

    My father served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and he was a combat veteran, having earned the Purple Heart as well. He was a Sergeant and served in the Airborne, armored tank and paratrooper.

    He NEVER speaks of it and only once or twice, has ever shown us - his children - any of his military memories, both physical and verbal. He has often said that what he did was of no significance, no one remembered anyway, and he tends to shy away from anything veteran related.

    BTW... I'm 46 and when I was coming up in school, we did learn of the Korean Conflict. It wasn't a subject explained in any great detail, but several of us kids had parents or other family members, who served there and it was discussed.

  • Wake1 Jul 29, 2013


  • tedfarr Jul 29, 2013

    First, MASH remains one of the best shows ever, and as the article points out, Korea has been overlooked for years. We never covered it in American history.

    Second, this is for you Django, Jamie Farr and Alan Alda both served in the army with tours in Korea during the 50s. The term DMZ refers to the 38th parallel, and has been the scene of skirmishes for 60 years.

  • vrigg45071 Jul 29, 2013

    Check your facts before you speak. Jamie Farr, Alan Alda and Mike Farrell all served their country. And AWakeMom is correct. Several of you really do need to read the article as you DID miss the point.

  • whyalltheproblems Jul 29, 2013

    this is great to hear! can't understand all the negative comments.

    Wonder which outfit Klinger will show up wearing lol :)