Fortin, author of Memories of Maggie--Martha Raye: A
Legend Spanning Three Wars, Potpourri Of War: Labors of Love
Remembered, and The Sarge's Thoughts, maintains a
website devoted to women in the military.
I am a woman who just happens to be a retired Army Reserve First Sergeant. I have shared my experience and expertise in
researching, writing, finding a publisher, and "hitting the road" with my books Memories of Maggie--Martha
Raye: A Legend Spanning
Three Wars, Potpourri Of War: Labors of Love Remembered, and The Sarge's Thoughts.
I communicated with Martha "Colonel Maggie" Raye from 1988 until her death in 1994. I came to know and love her. I visited her several
times in her Bel Air, California home, where I enjoyed her comments as we watched her old movies together, heard the
stories, reminisced, and visited with this remarkable woman about her beloved frontline soldiers.
Both in my book and during my speaking engagements I paint a picture of the most intriguing women of our time. A superb jazz
singer, Martha Raye's comedic genius and her brilliant acting will long be remembered. But her most awesome gift was her devotion
to entertaining frontline soldiers in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. She donned fatigues and a Green Beret. She would head
into territory where no other civilian would consider visiting. She had a photographic memory for
recognizing each soldier years after meeting him or her.