Martha Raye visits the troops in Vietnam, 1965
Published: March 11, 2012
Jack Baird ©Stars and Stripes
Da Nang, South Vietnam, December, 1965: Singer and comedienne Martha Raye, a friend and combat nurse to servicemembers from World War II through Vietnam, relaxes during a visit to the U.S. Navy berthing vessel Tourane Hilton in Da Nang Harbor. Raye — known as "Colonel Maggie of the Boondocks" for her frequent sojourns to entertain troops, notably Green Berets, in remote areas — was in the middle of a 14-show, eight-day tour of South Vietnam.