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Jack Baird ©Stars and StripesDa 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. Her dedication was officially recognized in 1966, when President Johnson made her an honorary lieutenant colonel; when she died in 1994, she was buried in the military cemetery at Fort Bragg, N.C.


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