Dago Red

The nickname of Father John Francis Patrick Mulcahy (William Christopher), the chaplain stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea in the 1950s on the military sitcom M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83.

Note: The “Dago Red” moniker was used frequently in the book [written by Richard Hooker] and the 1970 Robert Altman film that inspired the series by was only used in a few early episodes of the TV series.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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