Sep. 17, 1965
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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Hogan's Heroes

Colonel Hogan leads a band of POW's caught behind German lines. The Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel Klink (Commandant) is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan.

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Character Bio

Sergeant James Kinchloe is born sometime in the first decade of the 20th century, in Detroit, Michigan. Kinchloe goes to school in Detroit, eventually graduating from high school. While going to school, he works as a plumber's helper for one summer, as well as learning how to play the upright bass and throwing the football. Before the United States enters World War II, he works for the telephone company. He has also participated in several Golden Gloves boxing tournaments as a boxer.

[edit] World War II After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Kinchloe joins the USAF. (It is never made clear in the series whether he has volunteered or is drafted.) While in the USAF, he moves up the enlisted ranks until he is promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. At some point in 1942 (it is never made clear in the series), he is shot down during an American air raid over Germany and is captured. He is eventually placed at Stalag 13. While there, he becomes part of Colonel Hogan's Anti-Nazi organization, being put in charge of operations, as well as being made the group's radio operator and electronic expert. (It is never made clear in the series, but it must be assumed that Kinchloe gains his expertise in both areas either prewar because of his experience working for the phone company, or while he is in the USAF before being shot down.) Kinchloe has also shown himself to be a talented mimic, easily imitating German officers while speaking over either the telephone or radio. He is the group's unofficial second in command because he is clear headed and his calmness under fire and in very stressful situations, and because of this, he is more respected by the other noncoms than is the technically higher ranked Sergeant Carter

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