Martha Raye - Buried with Special Forces

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  1. Major

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    Interesting story about Martha Raye..... If you don't know ..... Special Forces are special...

    Major........


    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 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 'Caduse' which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical speciality....now, take me to your wounded. He said, yes mam'... 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 .

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    Thank you for sharing this story of a woman with character. Sounds like she deserves the honor she received.
     
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    Major- Haven't heard from you lately...great to see you around!:)
     
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    Thanks for the story, Major.

    I had no idea.
     
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    Wow...thanks for sharing!
     
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    Thanks for sharing - these stories need to not be forgotten . . .
     
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    I remember Martha Raye and had no idea about her service to this country.
     
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    :yeahthat: Glad to hear that about her.
     

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