Radar O'Reilly's Teddy Bear - The
brown and beige stuffed toy
of naive company clerk Corporal Walter "Radar"
O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff) on the military comedy
Radar regularly slept with his teddy bear while
stationed overseas during the Korean War.
When Radar returned to America, he gave the Teddy
Bear to his best friend Doctor Benjamin
"Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda).
Before the MASH unit left Korea they buried a
time capsule. One of the items placed inside was
Radar's teddy bear. A symbol of innocence, the
bear reminded us all that though the soldiers
who came to Korea may have been boys when they
arrived...they all went home men.
Once Radar, thinking a tattoo was a pathway to
manhood, decided to get one. He chose the tiny
image of a teddy bear and had it discretely
placed on his butt. Actually Radar changed his
mind at the last minute and had the tattoo
artist only draw, not etch, the teddy bear onto
his skin. It came off when he showered.
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