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Martha Raye
Birth: Aug. 27, 1916
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1994
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Entertainer, Actress. Born Margaret Yvonne Teresa Reed, she joined her parents’ vaudeville act at three years old. The singer, dancer, actress, comedienne performed on Broadway, in movies and on television. Beginning in 1942, she entertained American troops through World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. For nine years she made trips to Viet Nam, sometimes staying up to six months at a time and often using her training as a nurse to help with the wounded. She was made an honorary member of the Special Forces units that she often assisted and received her Green Beret and title of Lieutenant Colonel from President Lyndon Johnson. Nicknamed “Colonel Maggie” by the troops, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest commendation for civilians, in 1993. In honor of her service to the military special exception was made to policy so that she could be buried in the military cemetery at Fort Bragg. (bio by: Melanie) 
Family links: 
  Bud Westmore (1918 - 1973)
  David Rose (1910 - 1990)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Natural causes 

Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery
Fort Bragg
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Row 28, Grave 780-B
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 2334
Martha Raye
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Martha Raye
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Martha Raye
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Here is a story regarding Martha that was in Facebook: 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 b...(Read more)
- Betty
 Added: Apr. 30, 2016
Rest In Peace
- John D. Poulsen
 Added: Apr. 28, 2016
Here is a smooth black & tan Dachshund to say thank you for your selfless service.
- SylviasDaddy
 Added: Apr. 26, 2016
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