|Captain Benjamin Pierce|
Captain Benjamin Pierce. As Charles said: "There are two of you, Pierce? God help us all."
|Rank:||Captain (O-3), U.S. Army, infantry|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Infantry officer who has the same name as Hawkeye. Their letters had been switched.|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|First appeared in:||"38 Across" (Season 6)|
|Last appeared in:||N.A. Single appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Oliver Clark|
Captain Benjamin Pierce was a U.S. Army officer who makes a one-time appearance in the Season 6 episode of M*A*S*H titled "Mail Call Three". The part of Ben Pierce was played by actor Oliver Clark who also played Lieutenant Tippy Brooks in "38 Across" (Season 5). The full name "Benjamin" is used in the show dialogue but the credits list the character simply as "Captain Ben Pierce", probably to avoid confusion. The insignia on his left lapel show that he is from the infantry branch of service.
About Ben PierceEdit
Because Ben Pierce has the same name as Hawkeye, they had been getting each other's letters. Hawkeye has been reading some of Ben's, from women named Gloria, Joyce and Susan. Hawkeye calls them the "Greatest love letters I've ever read." Hawkeye commented that Ben "This guy probably joined the war to get some sleep."
Later, Ben Pierce calls in at the Swamp to exchange letters with Hawkeye. He returns Hawkeye's letters unopened but isn't happy to learn that Hawkeye has been reading his. Hawkeye apologises but adds that any letter is as good as gold and Ben's are platinum. But Ben denies that he is interested in those women who keep writing to him. he says he is not interested in them and never replies to them.
As Ben turns to leave, Hawkeye and B.J. want to know how he "does it"--i.e., get the women to go crazy for him? Ben says its because he makes them laugh. It is his sense of humor--he is a very funny guy. But B.J. and Hawkeye can't believe it. Ben strikes them as such a straight, humorless and awkward person. Earlier on, Ben had even failed to understand a joke Hawkeye had cracked about always wanting to be a "foreign correspondent". So how could he have done it?