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Martha Raye
Birth: Aug. 27, 1916
Butte
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) 
 
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 Parents:
  Peg Raye Kleinhans Friedman (1898 - 1947)
 
 Spouses:
  Bud Westmore (1918 - 1973)
  David Rose (1910 - 1990)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Raye (1916 - 1994)
  Douglas Haid Reed (1918 - 1945)*
  Melodye Jeanne Raye Reed (1920 - 1942)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Natural causes 
Inscription:

CIVILIAN
 
Burial:
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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Much, much appreciation to a remarkable woman and a beautiful soul
- MaryAnn Morelli
 Added: May. 6, 2017
WE REMEMBER YU ALWAYS MARTHA RAY YU WERE A BEAUTIFUL LADY WHO GAVE HER ALL IN LIFE TO THE MILITARY N ACTING ECT. WE LOVE N MISS YU GOD REST B YUR SOUL
- Cathy wilson
 Added: Apr. 25, 2017
What memories you have left for us and the military you gave so much of your talents and love to. We always watched you and Milton Berle in the 1950s tv shows every week and I still remember your funny antics to this day. Thank you so much for the life y...(Read more)
- S M
 Added: Apr. 23, 2017
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