The family nickname of Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce (Alan Alda), surgeon assigned to the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital on the military comedy M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83.


When Pierce was growing up in Crabapple Cove, Maine, his bookworm father named him “Hawkeye” after his love for the frontier fur trapper and Indian scout in James Fennimore Cooper’s 1826 novel “Last of the Mohicans.”

In the novel, the Hawkeye character was also called Natty Bumppo, Leatherstocking, the Deerslayer, and the Pathfinder.

Note: The Canadian produced adventure HAWKEYE AND THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS/SYN/1957 starred John Hart as Nat “Hawkeye” Cutler and Lon Chaney, Jr. as his Indian blood brother, Chingachgook.

In the 1990s Lee Horsley starred as Nathaniel “Hawkeye” Bumppo in the syndicated adventure HAWKEYE/1994-95 based on the Leatherstocking Tales.

The State of Iowa’s nickname is “The Hawkeye State.”


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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