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Martha Raye Unsung Hero

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

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 bland activists and 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 SF (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 SF ‘heroes’ out ‘west’.
We took off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku.
As we all started unloading, a ‘Smart Mouth’ 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.

Salute a great lady..20130202091539_image1121

 

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13 comments on “Martha Raye Unsung Hero

  1. bearspawprint
    February 24, 2013

    Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

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  2. dorannrule
    February 24, 2013

    I remember she had an enormous smile!

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    • Judy
      February 25, 2013

      I think she is amazing what a woman. A good role model for the younger generation don’t you think? 🙂

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  3. MisBehaved Woman
    February 25, 2013

    Reblogged this on MisBehaved Raven.

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  4. catkay1984
    February 25, 2013

    This is so awesome! I agree no musicians or stars today are half the person this lady was. My hat’s off to Martha Raye! These are the kind of heroes we should be telling our kids about!

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    • catkay1984
      February 25, 2013

      I hope you don’t mind but this is to awesome not to reblog.

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      • Judy
        February 25, 2013

        I am so glad you enjoyed it enough to reblog. Thanks 🙂

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  5. catkay1984
    February 25, 2013

    Reblogged this on funandmorebykay and commented:
    A blogger friend of mine posted this and I just had to share. Here is one hero we should all know about! Hat’s off to you Martha Raye!

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  6. russtowne
    February 25, 2013

    A great lady indeed. Thank you for sharing her story, my friend.
    Russ

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    • Judy
      February 25, 2013

      Isn’t she amazing? I think she deserves the recognition. Glad you enjoyed it Russ. 🙂

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  7. Patty B
    February 25, 2013

    I never knew that…it is no wonder why she was a favorite of my dads. We should never forget those who went beyond the call….

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    • Judy
      February 25, 2013

      I didn’t know that either. What an amazing woman she was, she deserves recognition. 🙂

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  8. pennygeorge
    February 26, 2013

    I didnt know anything about her till I read this, what an amazing woman! It’s a shame that ‘hollywood stars’ arent made like that anymore

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