Dolan (in bed) and Vitello (seated) tell Hawkeye and B.J. the truth about Corporal Eddie Hastings
|Rank:||Corporal (E-4), U.S. Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Wounded soldier who arrives at the 4077th MASH|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
|First appeared in:||"Private finance"|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, single appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H (TV series)|
|Played by:||Phillip Simms, in guest appearance|
Corporal Vitello was a character who appeared on the CBS-TV M*A*S*H, in the episode "Private Finance" in Season 9 of the series. The part of Cpl. Vitello was played by Phillip Simms, billed as Philip Simms.
After Corporal Eddie Hastings dies, Klinger tells the MASH doctors that among his belongings is a stash of eight thousand dollars in hard U.S. currency. Potter suggests that the only way a soldier could amass that amount of money was under the table. Hawkeye doesn't believe it because "that kid was so clean, he squeaked". Winchester suggests that they ask soldiers from Eddie's unit among the patients at the MASH.
Hawkeye and B.J. approach Corporals Vitello and Dolan to tell them the news about Eddie Hastings and are surprised they are not sad to hear it. "Who got him? Their side or ours?" asks Dolan. It turns out Dolan and Vitello have known Eddie since basic training. Vitello says Eddie ran many rackets, crooked gambling, black market and loan sharking at 100% interest. "And word was out that if you didn't pay him back he had a couple Korean buddies who'd rearrange your kneecaps for ya," Vitello adds.
Hawkeye can't believe it because he looks straight off a "Norman Rockwell cover". According to Vitello, back during Basic Training, Eddie was okay. Then he started hanging out with some bad people in the unit and learned fast and became the biggest crook among them.
Hawkeye is forced to accept the truth but now he has a problem because he has promised to send Eddie's money to his parents.
Vitello's rank is not listed in the episode end credits but B.J. introduces him to Hawkeye by rank and name.