A decorated GI confides to Hawkeye that he was beaten by his own unit for being gay but Frank Burns is outraged when he finds out from another source and tries to have the soldier dishonorably discharged.
Working on the four-time wounded and highly decorated Private Weston, Frank asks Hawkeye if he is paid hourly; and Trapper serenades the O.R. Hawkeye notices all of Weston's bruises and injuries seem to result from brawling; Weston confesses he is gay. Frank finds out and wants to report Weston as subversive, unfit for duty and get him a Dishonorable Discharge. The guys know they cannot appeal to Frank's better self so they resort to the tried and true method: blackmail. Written by
A wounded soldier is brought to the OR with injuries non-related to battle. Actually, he has been wounded four times but has contusions inflicted by persons unknown. He confides in Hawkeye that he is gay. This term wasn't used much in 1975, let alone in Korea in the early 1950's. If this got out it would have been devastating to this young man. All his accomplishments and his very being would have been destroyed. He would have been given a dishonorable discharge and possibly even imprisoned. Of course, good old Major Burns gets wind of this and is set on destroying this person. The fact is that this subject was handled delicately and was very well presented.
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