The Ho-Jon character was a houseboy in the 1970 film M*A*S*H*, where he was played by Kim Atwood, and the television series M*A*S*H, where he was played by Patrick Adiarte. It has been said that the name Ho-Jon is not actually Korean.
Ho-Jon was the Korean houseboy working at MASH 4077th under Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre. He was accepted at Hawkeye's old college, and the doctors tried to raise funds for him in the pilot episode. Later in the show, while he was still working, Ho-Jon also stole Hawkeye's poker winnings to bribe the border guards so that his family would be able to escape to South. However, in the pilot, after receiving the acceptance letter, he left the scene to tell his parents, who presumably lived nearby.
The character was dropped at the end of the show's first season, presumably as the character left for America as a medical student as was implied in the pilot.
Ho-Jon in the M*A*S*H* filmEdit
In the movie, Ho-Jon was forcibly conscripted into the army of the Republic of Korea and Hawkeye drove him to the induction center. The Korean doctor who examined Ho-Jon discovered that Hawkeye had given him drugs to induce hypertension and tachycardia (so he would fail any induction physical). The last that was seen of Ho-Jon, he was being lead away by South Korean soldiers while the doctor told Hawkeye he saw through the trick.
In the screenplay, Ho-Jon was wounded and sent to the 4077th. However, his surgery was unsuccessful and he died. The final film omitted this storyline, although a scene showing Ho-Jon in the operating room remained with overdubbed dialogue (Hot Lips: "That man's a prisoner of war, Doctor." Trapper: "So are you, Sweetheart; you just don't know it.") and a scene showing a jeep driving off with the deceased Ho-Jon, causing a brief pause in the poker game.
In the book M*A*S*H*: A Novel About Three Army Doctors (1968)Edit
In the Novel, Ho-Jon was conscripted into the army and did return as a casualty but lived. Hawkeye then wrote to his old college who accepted Ho-Jon as a student, just as in the TV show. In the novel, they raised money for Ho-Jon by having Trapper John pose as Jesus, complete with a cross mounted on a jeep or hanging from a helicopter, and selling autographed photos. When Trapper was posing on the cross, he was usually drunk.
In the M*A*S*H TV series (1972)Edit
In the CBS-TV Series, Hawkeye and Trapper auctioned off a trip to Tokyo with a nurse as the prize. Father Mulcahy won the prize (his ticket was taped to the bottom of the jar, so the nurse was easily able to pick it out.)
It is assumed that Ho-Jon went to America to live Hawkeye's father. But we never hear more about this or anything about Ho-Jon. In one episode, during a BJ-era, Hawkeye tells a guest at the Swamp that they must forgive the mess because their houseboy was drafted. However, he does not name the houseboy. So it is unconfirmed if this was Ho-Jon or another unseen and unnamed houseboy or possibly Hawkeye joking.