MeTV Interviews: A Thankful Vet

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Back in May 2015, MeTV aired “MeTV Remembers the M*A*S*H Finale,” a three-hour special presentation of the series finale featuring new interviews with members of the M*A*S*H cast and creative team. MeTV uploaded those interviews to YouTube in December 2015. Over the next 10 days, I’ll be posting each of the interview segments for everyone to watch and discuss. Read more about the MeTV interviews here.

Today we’re watching and discussing “A Thankful Vet,” which includes comments from Wayne Rogers and Gary Burghoff:

The characters on M*A*S*H were saving lives in a war, explains Wayne Rogers, which meant they could do or say pretty much anything. “You can make the most outrageous thing you want to say. If I’m saving a life, that’s acceptable.”

Gary Burghoff then recounts a touching story about meeting a a Korean War veteran who was unable to talk to his wife about his experience during the war until M*A*S*H came on the air. “That was the greatest compliment that we could ever have because we always tried to tie the entertainment value into the reality as much as we possibly could in our small way.”

Check back tomorrow at 12PM ET for the next MeTV interview.

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