Lt. "Digger" Detweiler, who handles morgue detail, is assigned to pick up the body of Hawkeye, who he thought was dead, until he realizes upon meeting a showering Pierce, that it's an Army snafu in "The Late Captain Pierce" in Season 4 of M*A*S*H.
|Rank:||Lieutenant (O-2), U.S> Army|
|Job/Role in Unit:||Works on morgue detail for the 4077th and the other units in the area|
|Birthplace:||New Jersey (?)|
|First appeared in:||"The Late Captain Pierce" in Season 4|
|Last appeared in:||N/A, one time guest appearance|
|Appeared on/or in:||M*A*S*H|
|Played by:||Richard Masur|
About "Digger" & the Morgue detailEdit
As Hawkeye leaves to take a shower, he runs into “Digger” Detmuller from morgue detail, who just arrived to retrieve a corpse. Detmuller asks Klinger where he can find Captain Pierce and the corporal tells him he’s in the showers. Confused, Digger confronts Hawkeye in the showers and tells him he’s been listed as dead by the Army. Digger shows Hawkeye a copy of his death certificate and notifies him the original would be sent to his next of kin.
Hawkeye now understands why his father asked for BJ instead of him when he called from Maine – he’s already been alerted his son is deceased. Hawkeye informs Potter, who has Klinger notify HQ of the screw-up, but all lines of communication are still frozen due to General Eisenhower’s Korean visit. BJ is told of the gaffe and decides to throw his friend a wake. As Hawkeye wonders what his father could be going through, BJ cheerfully tells him to cheer up, “you’re going to a funeral!”
Digger trolls the camp looking for a dead body to replace Hawkeye and is mildly upset when BJ’s patient survives his operation. His trouble is compounded when he sets his butt on fire at Hawkeye’s wake. Hawkeye has a chorus of “Fore He’s A Jolly Good Fellow” sung to him, but adds a macabre final line himself: “I was much too young to die.”