A recovering Cpl. Stoddard (Mark Harrier) tells of the harrowing story of he and his chopper pilot miraculously making it to the 4077th in the face of enemy sniper fire in the M^A^S^H episode "As Time Goes By" in Season 11.
|Rank:||Corporal (E-4), U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Wounded soldier who arrives at the 4077th M*A*S*H|
|Hair Color:||Sandy Brown|
|First appeared in:||"As Time Goes By"|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, guest appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H (TV series)|
|Played by:||Mark Herrier, in guest appearance|
In the episode "As Time Goes By", reports of a sniper who is rumored to have shot a G.I. arrives. Corporal Stoddard, the G.I. who was also expected, does not arrive, neither does the chopper pilot who was said to be transporting him to the 4077th. Both Stoddard and the pilot, Lieutenant Brannum (Michael Swan), both finaly arrive the next morning, with the pilot explaining that the chopper's fan belt busted, forcing them to land. A sniper's bullet hit their radio, leaving him unable to call anyone.
After B.J. successfully operates on Stoddard, they talk to the healing Stoddard in Post-Op; he tells an amazing story: the chopper pilot Lt. Brannum, with a shot-up chopper, could only fly 50 feet at a time, so he would walk that far ahead, all alone, finding a good place to land. He'd then walk back, fly to the new location with his wounded cargo, and then start all over again. This went on all night, and the young man is sorry that the pilot left so unceremoniously before he could thank him.