The proceeds from Alan Alda’s auction of the boots and dog tags from “M*A*S*H” will go toward research.

Alan Alda played the witty Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in the television show MAS*H for 11 seasons. Alda is prepared to go with a piece of television history—his character’s boots and dog tags—now that it has been 40 years.

According to the Associated Press, the 87-year-old actor intends to auction the used boots and dog tags, with the money going to the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.