So in honor of the late Ivan Dixon who played Kinch, here's that thumbnail portrait of the man......
Sergeant Kinchloe trivia
• Sergeant Kinchloe was the radio operator and electronics expert at Stalag 13.
[Toobworld Splainin: His full name was Ivan James Kinchloe. But times being what they were, he didn't want to be known as "Ivan", so he used "James".]
But one would be wrong, Buffalo Breath! There's always the conjecture of a Toobworld Theory of Relateeveety!
I may be wrong on this, but the one thing that kept Colonel Wilhelm Klink from getting sent to the Russian Front was the claim that there never was any escape from Stalag 13. To his superiors, who didn't know any better, it meant that as stupid as they may have thought of him, Klink was obviously doing something right.
Because of the Kinchloe situation, I think the correct claim to fame would be that there never was a successful escape from the camp.
It saddens me to think so, but it seems to me that Kinchloe may have been killed while on a mission for the Allies outside of Stalag 13. The SS never figured out the true reason he was outside the fence (or else Hogan's operation would have been shut down), so they assumed that he was trying to escape when he was gunned down.
Seeing the dedication put into this 'Hogan's Heroes' website, I'm certain that everything we may have known about Kinch can be found above and that it is 100% factual. So Ivan James Kinchloe was a Detroit native, born and bred.
However, from that point on in his personal life, we can play with a bit of speculation.
It's possible that Kinch had a family started before he was sent overseas to fight in World War II. And what if he had a daughter who grew up, got married, and moved away from Detroit with her husband to New York City?
It's possible that his daughter married a man named Dawson, and if so, in 1963 she gave birth to a son named Michael.
All supposition, of course, but I don't think 'Lost' is ever going to delve that deeply into Michael's background to find out if he had a grandfather who died trying to escape a prisoner of war camp in World War II. It will be the Toobworld premise that Michael never got to know his grandfather, and Kinchloe never got to meet his great-grandson, Waaaaaaaaaalt!