SSGT Zelmo Zale
Zelmo Zale MASH
Veteran actor/comedian Johnny Haymer played Zelmo Zale on the CBS TV series M*A*S*H.
M*A*S*H character
Vital information
Rank: Staff Sergeant (E-6)
Job/Role in Unit: Supply Sergeant the 4077th M*A*S*H hospital
Home: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Hair Color: Greyish Brown
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155 lbs.
Family/Personal Information
Born: Not Mentioned
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Nationality/Race: American/Caucasian
First appeared in: "For Want of a Boot" (Season 2)
Last appeared in: "Good-Bye Radar: Part 1" (Season 8)
Appeared on/or in: M*A*S*H
Played by: Johnny Haymer

Staff Sergeant Zelmo Zaleas Zale was portrayed by Johnny Haymer.[1] Zale was the supply sergeant[2] for the 4077th MASH and also was the camp's electrician; he was shown trying to keep the camp's generator going until it blew and repairing the jukebox in the officers' club after the Marines busted it up. He mentions in one episode that he was from Brooklyn, which was the reason he didn't know what people who were heading to California in the late 1840s were looking for, when quizzed. He made his first appearance in the Season 2 episode, "For Want of a Boot", and his final appearance in the Season 8 episode, "Good-Bye Radar: Part 1" (which also marked Gary Burghoff's last appearance on the show as Corporal Walter "Radar" O’Reilly). Zale's name is mentioned for the final time in "Yessir, That's Our Baby". A running gag on the series is his numerous feuds with other enlisted men, particularly his ongoing ones with Maxwell Klinger.


  1. 402 Incredible Super Trivia, by Fred L. Worth, Greenwich House, 1984.
  2. 47 David Scott Diffrient, M*A*S*H, (Wayne State University Press, 2008).

Personnel of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
Commissioned Officers
Henry Blake | Major Frank Burns | Augustus Bedford "Duke" Forrest | Major Sidney Freedman | B.J. Hunnicutt | Oliver "Spearchucker" Jones | Captain "Trapper John" McIntyre | Father Francis Mulcahy | Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce | Colonel Sherman T. Potter | Walter "Painless Pole" Waldowski | Charles Emerson Winchester III | Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan | Nurse Margie Cutler | Nurse Ginger Bayliss | Nurse Kellye Yamato | Nurse Peggy Bigelow | Lieutenant Maria "Dish" Schneider
Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger | Corporal "Radar" O’Reilly | Sergeant Zelmo Zale | Pvt. Igor Straminsky | Sergeant Luther Rizzo | Sergeant Major Vollmer | SSGT Gorman | Corporal Judson | Private Lorenzo Boone
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