Maggie" was a fully qualified nurse,
singer, actress and an honorary member of Special
with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Raye had been an entertainer during WWII and the
but she really outshined herself in Vietnam.
She was not interested in
publicity, big shows and TV events, but in the
troops of remote outposts.
Those soldiers who
needed the most and received the least.
toured Vietnam for 8 years, spending weeks and
sometime months in country.
She was not only
entertaining troops but also carried out nursing
work when ever needed.
She visited many dangerous
places in Vietnam where other entertainers would
not even dream of going to.
Her visits to Special Forces Camps will always be
remembered by the men who served on the
Her time spent with the A Teams are
treasured memories for many and will always stand
as strong evidence
of her love and concern for her boys.
Raye received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian
Academy Award in 1968 for entertaining troops in
Vietnam and in 1993, the Presidential Medal of
Freedom for her lifetime of dedication to America.
Raye died at the age of 78 on October 19, 1994 and
is buried in the military cemetery
at Fort Bragg,
it would be a nice tribute to post some comments
from you, the soldiers she visited,
please send and I will post them on this page.
(more photos also welcome)
For more info on Martha Raye,
please visit www.colonelmaggie.com