|CPL Tommy Gillis|
Tommy Gillis, as played by James T. Callahan.
|Rank:||Corporal, U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Infantry soldier and news reporter for Stars and Stripes covering the Korean War from a soldier's perspective|
Old childhood friend of Hawkeye's who gets wounded in battle and dies in O.R. after Hawkeye, who is assigned to operate on him in his second visit, fails to revive him after he goes into a coma
|Home:||Crabapple Cove, Maine, U.S.|
|Birthplace:||Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|Spouse(s):||????. possibly Single|
|First appeared in:||"Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" (Season 1)|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one-time appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||James T. Callahan|
About Tommy GillisEdit
Tommy, a longtime old childhood friend of Hawkeye's, was a news reporter for Stars and Stripes who was covering the Korean War from a soldier's point of view; at the beginning of the episode "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", he visits Hawkeye at the 4077th, as the two, after a long embrace, share old stories of life back in Crabapple Cove, Maine, telling stories of life as it was when the two were in grammar school together. Turns out that Tommy, who also, like his friend Hawkeye has an acerbic wit about him, is like an enlisted (he's a Corporal) infantry man version of Hawkeye. Anyway, when Tommy arrives in camp to visit, he reveals that in addition to his work as a reporter, he is working on a book describing the experiences of a grunt soldier; with the title "You Never Hear The Bullet." After meeting Henry in Post Op when he first arrives at the 4077th, and then trading a few stories about home, as well some drinks with Hawk and Trapper in the Swamp, Tommy departs, returning to his unit,
Later on in the episode another batch of wounded arrive, and of the soldiers which Hawkeye is assigned to operate on is none other than Tommy, who took a bullet in his aorta. Tragically, after attempts of Hawkeye and a nurse to revive him when he becomes unconscious after falling into a coma, Tommy dies on the operating table; just before getting anesthetized, as Hawkeye was about to operate on him, Tommy says that usually when someone got hit, you couldn't hear the bullet, and that this time, when he was shot, he heard the bullet. Hawkeye tells Tommy he can change the title of the book to "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet."
James T. Cllahan had actually served in the Korean Conflict in the US Army!