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USO and Nurse – Martha Raye

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Martha Raye was a Vaudeville born actress, comedian, and movie star that was known for bold comedy. She was named “The Big Mouth”, not only because of her comedy, but for the physical trait.

Politically, Raye was conservative, affirming her political views by informing an interviewer, “I am a Republican because I believe in the constitution, strength in national defense, limited government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility as the concrete foundation for American government. They reinforce the resolve that the United States is the greatest country in the world and we can all be eternally grateful to our founding fathers for the beautiful legacy they left us today.”

Beginning in WWII, Raye started a lifelong commitment to entertaining and assisting the troops overseas. She worked with them during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Some nights she would do shows, but other nights, she’d skip the show because she’d been assisting the soldiers all day and wanted to…

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7 comments on “USO and Nurse – Martha Raye

  1. GP Cox
    11/24/2015

    I’m glad you found this post interesting, Sarah. Ms. Raye was a fantastic woman!

  2. First Night Design
    11/24/2015

    Very much so, GP. I love it that she got her hands dirty.

  3. GP Cox
    11/24/2015

    If not Maggie – then who? 🙂

  4. First Night Design
    11/24/2015

    I don’t think Vera Lynn mucked in!

  5. Mary
    11/25/2015

    Wow I haven’t heard her name in a long time – neat post Sarah.

  6. The Porcelain Doll
    11/25/2015

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

  7. First Night Design
    11/25/2015

    Nor had I until I saw GP’s post. In fact, I’d forgotten all about her!

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