Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. Our Naples Municipal Airport location displays a just a fraction of the artifacts we have available. Here are some of our current showcases which highlight WWII Aviation.

2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.

Martha Raye Who Knew

Don’t let the sun go down without reading this about

                                          Martha Raye.

The most unforgivable oversight of TV is that
her shows were not taped.
I was unaware of her credentials or where she is buried.
Somehow I just can’t see Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton,
or Jessica Simpson doing what this woman and the other
USO women, including Ann Margaret & Joey Heatherton
did for our troops in past wars.
Most of the old time entertainers were made of a lot
sterner stuff than today’s crop of activist bland whiners.
The following is from an Army Aviator who takes a
trip down memory lane:
“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 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 USAF
Captain said to Martha…. “MS Ray, with all these
dead and wounded to process, there would not be
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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 ‘Caduceus’
which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical specialty….
now, take me to your wounded!”
He said, “Yes ma’am…. 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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Hand Salute! A great lady.
I did not know this about Martha Ray….
thought you might like to read it
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