The home of Dr. H. Richard Hornberger, author of the hit book that inspired the movie and TV series “M*A*S*H,” will be offered at public auction. Writing under the pen name Richard Hooker, Hornberger developed his main character, Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, with many influences from his beloved Bremen home. The legendary Medomak estuary of Broad Cove where the home is located is known to the rest of the world through Hornberger’s writings as Crabapple Cove.

After his tour in the Korean War as a U.S. Army surgeon in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M*A*S*H), Hornberger settled on Heath Road in Bremen. His writings are riddled with direct and indirect references to the places and people of Midcoast Maine. Hawkeye Pierce’s hometown of Port Waldo is the town of Waldoboro, as well as Wreck Island and Thief Island, which are other Muscongus Bay landmarks. The name of Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan’s fiancé, Donald Penobscot, was inspired by the Maine town and county of the same name. The fictitious Androscoggin College, named after another Maine county, where Hawkeye Pierce played football, most agree is Hornberger’s alma mater Bowdoin College. Even the Pierce family is said to be modeled after the real life Spear family who have had deep roots in the Midcoast Maine area for generations.

The auction will take place on location and is being conducted as a joint venture of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries and Coldwell Banker SoundVest Properties. According to Thomaston Place Vice President John D. Bottero, “We view this as an opportunity to own a Maine landmark, and this will be offered with the same importance as a rare work of art of an important historical item.”

For more information and a prospectus of the home, contact Mike Miller at 596-6095 or mikem@soundvest.com.