Gene Evans as Clayton Kibbee
|Job/Role in Unit:||Well respected, gregarious, but hard-drinking U.N. war correspondent who also writes articles for
Stars & Stripes
|Home:||Same as birthplace|
|First appeared in:||"Blood and Guts"' in Season 10|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one-time appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Gene Evans|
The part of Clayton Kibbee is played in the episode by veteran film, stage and TV actor Gene Evans.
The 4077th gets a visit from a special guest--legendary adventure journalist Clayton Kibbee, who charms everyone with his gregarious nature, easy laugh, and good scotch. He started a blood drive back home, and is writing a story as he follows the blood as it gets used on the front lines.
A wounded solider arrives, and turns out he will need a transfusion, making him Kibbee's first case. He talks to the young man afterwards, and is disappointed when he hears his story--its not an exciting tale of courage; rather, he fell off his motorcycle while on a highly secure road. Hawkeye remarks that the only place for the story "is in Popular Pratfalls."
Hawkeye is less than thrilled when he learns the nurse he had a date with dumps him to spend the evening with Kibbee, but he is really troubled when he hears Kibbee relay his story to the press train: its a tale of adventure and bravery, full of flying enemy bullets--all of it completely made up. Hawkeye confronts Kibbee, who accuses him of making the war sound like a fun lark, an adventure that people would want to be part of. Kibbee dismisses him, saying that while the romance and glory may not exist, he makes it exist for the people back home.
When Clayton, who, like B.J., is an aficianado of motorbikes, borrows B.J.'s new bike, and then crashes it while riding across the compound, they, being Hawkeye and B.J. discover him only a few miles away, hung over and wounded, having crashed the bike and fallen on a glass bottle of booze, leaving him with shards of glass in his butt and bleeding profusely., it's up to B.J. and Hawkeye, who gives him a mouthful about his frequent tendency to aggrandize his war stories, to repair Clayton in surgery, while the bike, like the rider, is still able to be repaired!