Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Martha Raye, A True Patriot

Another email that I felt was worth sharing.  I remember Martha from the Sid Ceasar show and I was not one of her bigger fans....but after reading this, I am  now a huge fan.  She was one brave lady.

Again, please remember what  a techno-tard that I am - I've done the best that I could positioning this .  I'm an artisan jeweler, not a computer person - come see my not updated shop and check it out.  Since I lost four months with illness last summer, it'll probably be till summer this year for me to get it up to date - that is one time consuming job.

You may have seen this before

It was well recognized that Martha Raye endured less 

comfort and more danger than any other Vietnam


Don't let the sun go down without reading

this about Martha
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
Most of the old time entertainers were made of a lot sterner stuff than today's crop of activists 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 westof 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 our sad pax's, a 'Smart Mouth' USAF Captain
said to Martha.... "Ms Ray, 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
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 
Forces) cemetery at Ft Bragg.
Hand Salute! A great lady..
I did not know this about Martha
thought you might like to read

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