Monday, May 9, 2011

Did you know this about Martha Raye?

This is a great story about a great woman. I was unaware of her credentials or where she is buried. Somehow I just can't see Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, or Baby GaGa 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 out of a lot sterner stuff than today's crop of activists and whiners. Today we have many Celebs who are backing the Left Wing Marxist agenda. People like Baby Gaga and Eva Longoria want to decide for America and allow Illegal Aliens the right to stampede Arizona and kill Legal American at random.

Also RACIST Eva Longoria who had come out in favor of ObamaCare (saying America is racist against minority children without it) and amnesty for illegal aliens–disclosed that she is getting a Masters Degree in Chicano Studies via online courses, “so I can be educated and have a background in my activism in the Latino community.” She sounds like a brilliant Racist Community Organizer! Oh well, back to a Real American!

The following is from an Army Aviator friend who takes another 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 our sad pax's, a smart-ass USAF Captain said to Martha.... Ms Ray, with all these dead and wounded to process, there would not be time for your show!

To 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 'Caduse' which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical, 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 .
Hand Salute! A great lady!

Hat Tip to Mr. I
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