Lt. John "Cowboy" Hodges
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Billy Green Bush as Lt. John "Cowboy" Hodges.
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: Lieutenant (O-2), U.S. Army
Job/Role in Unit: Chopper pilot at the 4077th M*A*S*H
Home: Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Family/Personal Information
Born: ????
Birthplace: ????
Nationality/Race: American/Caucasian
Spouse(s): Name not mentioned
Relatives/Children: 3 children
First appeared in: "Cowboy"
Last appeared in: N/A, one time appearance
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H TV series
Played by: Billy Green Bush

Lieutenant John "Cowboy" Hodges was a character which appeared in the Season 1 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H titled "Cowboy". The part of "The Cowboy" was played in the episode by actor Billy Green Bush.

About "The Cowboy"Edit

When "The Cowboy," a chopper pilot whose nickname stems from his gun holster belt and cowboy hat, arrives at the 4077th with a shoulder wound, he anxiously awaits a letter from his wife, who he fears is leaving him for another man ("She's probably off with some rodeo rider; she's a sucker for a 10-gallon hat!"). The Cowboy wants to be sent home before his marriage completely falls apart, but Henry refuses, stating that The Cowboy's wound is not serious enough to merit a stateside ticket. Bad luck then follows Henry wherever he goes: he gets shot at while golfing, his tent gets flattened by a driverless jeep, and the latrine is blown up with him inside it. Deciding to leave camp for a while, he is nearly killed when his desk chair explodes. [

"The Cowboy" offers to fly Henry to Seoul, then tries to push him out of the chopper in midair. At the same time, Hawkeye and Trapper realize that these "accidents" have been The Cowboy's attempts to get revenge against Henry for not sending him home. Radar brings the letter from Cowboy's wife, and Hawkeye and Trapper inform him over the radio that it has finally arrived.

The letter is postmarked Reno, Nevada, which sends the two doctors into a panic, given Reno's reputation (at the time) for quick and painless divorce proceedings. The letter also begins "Dear John", the clichéd opening of a letter to a man whose heart is about to be broken. It turns out, however, that The Cowboy's real name is John Hodges and that he does live in Reno. In the letter, his wife assures him that he is loved. He brings Henry safely back to camp and receives a month's stateside leave.


A close up of Cowboy. His First Lieutenant's bar can be seen on his right lapel. On his left lapel is a "prop and wings" insignia. This was used in the Army Air Corps during World War 2 but could be anachronistic here. Lieutenant Smilin' Jack Mitchell wears the insignia of the Transportation Corps which operated the army helicopters during the Korean War.

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