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Margaret Yvonne Theresa Raye (Reed)

Also Known As: "Margye Reed", "Margaret Yvonne Theresa Reed"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, United States
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Cause of death: cardiovascular disease
Place of Burial: Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States
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Wife of David Rose

Occupation: actress, singer, comedienne
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About Martha Raye

Photo: Ron Moody at Find A Grave

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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 for Find A Grave)

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Martha Raye's Timeline

1916
August 27, 1916
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, United States
1994
October 19, 1994
Age 78
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States