Martha Raye traveled extensively to entertain American troops

Martha Raye (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994) was an American comic actress and standards singer who performed in movies and later on television. During World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Raye traveled extensively to entertain American troops despite her lifelong fear of flying. Raye was honored in 1969 with an Academy Award as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops. On November 2, 1993, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton for her service to her country. Martha Raye has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 6251 Hollywood Boulevard and the other for television at 6547 Hollywood Blvd.

Martha Raye

Martha Raye

Martha Raye

Martha Raye

Martha Raye - 1936 Portrait

Martha Raye – 1936 Portrait

Martha Raye - "Hellzapoppin" (1941)

Martha Raye – “Hellzapoppin” (1941)

Martha Raye, who earned the nickname Colonel Maggie for her frequent sojourns to entertain troops, visiting the troops in Vietnam in 1965.

Martha Raye, who earned the nickname Colonel Maggie for her frequent sojourns to entertain troops, visiting the troops in Vietnam in 1965.

Martha Raye entertaining troops.  North Africa 1943

Martha Raye entertaining troops. North Africa 1943

 

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