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Oliver Harmon "Spearchucker" Jones

Oliver Harmon "Spearchucker" Jones was a surgeon in the movie and television series M*A*S*H. He was portrayed by Fred Williamson in the movie and by Timothy Brown (who had played the corpsman Corporal Judson in the film) in the television series. Spearchucker was shown during several episodes during the first season of the series. Dr. "Spearchucker" Jones was one of the original Swampmen, along with Trapper, Hawkeye, and Frank Burns. The TV show producers decided to drop the character after the first few episodes deciding they wouldn't be able to write enough meaningful episodes for Spearchucker if they were concentrating on Hawkeye and Trapper, and because they were made aware, or at least heard from some sources, that in reality, the United States Army had no African-American surgeons in the Korean Conflict, at least none which were stationed to a M*A*S*H* unit in Korea. "Spearchucker" Jones was also a character from both the novel M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker and Robert Altman's movie. In each, the Spearchucker character, who was a stand-out collegiate athlete ("Spearchucker," ordinarily a racial slur, referred in this case to his javelinthrowing prowess) as well as a surgeon, is transferred to the 4077 to help them win a football game against a rival outfit. A goof in the series is him being shown as a Captain; according to the US
Fred Williamson (in scene with Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland)) played Spearchucker Jones in the 1970 MASH film
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Oliver Harmon "Spearchucker" Jones

Former professional football player and actor Timmy Brown played Spearchucker Jones in the first five episodes of the M*A*S*H CBS-TV series in 1972.

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Vital information Captain (O-3), U.S. Army Reserve Surgeon at the 4077th M*A*S*H Same as birthplace Black Brown 6'0" 200 lbs.

Army Alamac 1959 {.p.149} Captain's rank could only be acheived after 7 years service; in fact he would probably have been a 1st Lt. {3 years}


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Family/Personal Information Born: Birthplace: Nationality/Race: Spouse: Relatives/Children: 1925 (?) Chicago, Illinois, U.S. American/Black Not Mentioned Not Mentioned

Appearances First appeared in: "Pilot (TV series episode)" (Season 1) "Germ Warfate" (Season 1) M*A*S*H (TV series) / MASH (film) Fred Williamson, film. Played by: Timothy Brown, television series

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