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Old 07-17-2016, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Pity not more out there like this woman... no cameras recording what she did.. no adopting ten babies from other countries to show the world how wonderful she was.. just this.. please read..


It was well recognized that Martha Raye endured less comfort more than any other Vietnam entertainer.

I did not know this about Martha Raye I bet you didn't either.



The most unforgivable oversight of TV is that her shows were not taped.
I was unaware of her credentials or where she is buried.

Somehow I just can't see Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, or Jessica Simpson doing what this woman and the other USO women, including Ann Margaret & Joey Heatherton did for our troops in past wars

Most of the old time entertainers were made of a lot sterner stuff than today's crop of activist bland whiners.

The following is from an Army Aviator who takes a trip down memory lane:

"It was just before Thanksgiving '67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large GRF west of Pleiku. We had run out of body bags by noon,
so the Hook (CH-47 CHINOOK) was pretty rough in the back.

All of a sudden, we heard a 'take-charge' woman's voice in the rear.

There was the singer and actress, Martha Raye, with a Special Forces beret and jungle fatigues, with subdued markings, helping the wounded into the Chinook, and carrying the dead aboard.

Maggie' had been visiting her Special Forces (SF) 'heroes' out 'west.'
We took off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku.

As we all started unloading our sad pax's,a USAF Captain said to Martha....
"Ms Raye, with all these dead and wounded to process, there would not be time for your show!"

To all of our surprise, she pulled on her right collar and said
"Captain, see this eagle? I am a full 'Bird' in the US Army Reserve,
and on this is a 'Caduceus' which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical specialty.... now, take me to your wounded!"

He said, "Yes ma'am.... follow me."

Several times at the Army Field Hospital in Pleiku,
she would 'cover' a surgical shift, giving a nurse a well-deserved break.

Martha is the only woman buried in the SF
(Special Forces) cemetery at Ft Bragg. Her name is spelled two different ways so apologies if Ive headed her name wrong.. https://www.truthorfiction.com/colonel-maggie/
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:02 AM
 
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My ex husband was a green beret during Vietnam nam. He used to talk about her and how she went where no others would go.

He admired her.

Thanks for posting dizzy

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Old 07-17-2016, 02:10 AM
 
Location: England
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Martha Raye was a great entertainer, and American.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRClGI4rByU
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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The email I got with the info about Martha had her name Wrae so apologies folks for the spelling on heading.. I should have known . What a smasher of a woman Martha was, as was Jimmy Stewart..who also did more than his bit for the US. http://www.historynet.com/mr-stewart...to-vietnam.htm

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Old 07-18-2016, 03:48 PM
 
Location: The Jar
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The email I got with the info about Martha had her name Wrae so apologies folks for the spelling on heading.. I should have known . What a smasher of a woman Martha was, as was Jimmy Stewart..who also did more than his bit for the US. Mr. Stewart Goes to Vietnam | HistoryNet

Amen. Jimmy. Martha. Heck, even Bob(Hope), went beyond.

RIP all! You are sorely missed in this world!!
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Old 07-18-2016, 04:29 PM
 
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Another name that should be mentioned: Connie Stevens. She got on the choppers, without cameras and publicity, and went to visit the guys who were in very remote regions.
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Old 07-18-2016, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Just read, Martha was married seven times...
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:04 AM
 
Location: England
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Just read, Martha was married seven times...
The old gal must have liked wedding cake........


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlidBpEApSI
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