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This page was last updated on 20 January 2016.

"The Star Spangled Banner" was one of Maggie's favorite songs. AND I think this is a good place to play it.

Here you will learn about the many awards and honorary titles that Maggie received. Click on the small pictures to see the larger readable version.

Although Maggie was a star on stage, radio, television and movies she received very little in the line of accolades from Hollywood itself. BUT she did receive three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I saw one of the replicas in her living room when I visited her but Nick Godano saw the sidewalk with her stars on it. He took these picture and sent it to me. Thanks Nick for donating these photos.

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AWARDS:

1935-1939:

bulletThe Susie Award (also known as The Eddie Cantor Award)

12/16/65:

bulletLetter of Commendation--Major General Lewis W. Walt, USMC. Photo by Noonie Fortin.

8/24/66:

bulletCitation of Merit--National Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans

11/9/66:

bulletDepartment of the Army, Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service, along with the actual citation which shows the date as being 18-19 October 1966 but presented to her on 9 November 1966; General William Westmoreland. Photos by Noonie Fortin.

           

1967:

bulletNational Service Medal--Freedom Foundation
bulletThe Dickey Chapelle Award--Marine Corps League
bulletWoman of the Year Award--Veterans of Foreign Wars

1/28/67:

bulletDepartment of Defense, MAC-V--Certificate of Appreciation; General William Westmoreland. Photo by Noonie Fortin.

5/67:

bulletWoman of the Year--United Services Organization

1968:

bulletWoman of the Year Award--from Bínai Bírith
bulletJean Hersholt Humanitarian Award--the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (Oscars). The OSCAR was presented to her on 14 April 1969 by Bob Hope during the 41st Academy Awards Show.

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Maggie kept this treasure in her TEAM ROOM where everyone could see it. It was on a small pedestal with a glass cover. When the drapes were open it helped brighten up the room as the Oscar would shine! Photo by Noonie Fortin.

               

2/12/68:

bulletLife Membership--147th Fighter Group, Texas Air National Guard

3/68:

bulletSpecial Award for Gallantry--United Services Organization, Board of Governorís

3/26/68:

bulletCitation for Dedicated Service--the American Legion

5/18/68:

bulletArmed Forces Day Award--USO of New York City. Photo by Noonie Fortin.

9/68:

bulletThe Circus Honored Saints and Sinners Award--PT Barnum Circus

1969:

bulletHonorary Flight Nurse, United States Air Force--Lieutenant General K.E. Pletcher, Surgeon General

10/24/68-1/7/69:

bulletDepartment of the Army, Outstanding Civilian Service Award--General Creighton Abrams. Photo by Noonie Fortin.

2/4/69:

bulletTry A Little Kindness Award--Joey Bishop Show

2/23/69:

bulletFirst Annual Gold Heart Award--Servicemenís Emergency Recreational Volunteer Events, Inc (SERVE)

6/69:

bulletHonorary Woman in the Air Force--Maguire Air Force Base, New Jersey

4/70:

bulletSpecial Silver Helmet Award--AMVETS

3/25/71:

bulletSpecial Award for Gallantry (second time)--United Services Organization, Board of Governorís

9/6/71:

bulletHonorary Non-Commissioned Officer Association--NCO Association

10/25/71:

bulletAward from the Association of the United States Army

11/19/73:

bulletOutstanding Achievement Award--Screen Actorís Guild

8/18/80:

bulletMedal of Merit--Veterans of Foreign Wars

1984:

bulletFreedom Award--American Ex-Prisoners of War. Photo by Noonie Fortin.

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4/86:

bulletDepartment of Defense, Distinguished Public Service-- Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger

2/23/87:

bulletDistinguished Service Award--United Services Organization, Board of Governorís. Photo by Noonie Fortin.

1988:

bulletLiving Legacy Award--Women's International Center

8/24/91:

bulletMedal of Honor--New York State Veteranís Service Agency, Nassau County

11/2/93:

bulletPresidential Medal of Freedom--President Bill Clinton

I was the first person in the country to know this was a done deal after working since 1987 to get Maggie honored. I was shocked when my phone rang and it was The White House Oval Office calling me to tell me the good news and asking me how to contact Maggie. Here is the fax that I received that same morning from The White House:

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                                                        November 2, 1993

The President today awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of our Government, to entertainer and humanitarian Martha Raye. the text of the award is as follows:

        "A talented performer whose career spans the better part of a century, Martha Raye has delighted audiences and uplifted spirits around the globe. She brought her tremendous comedic and musical skills to her work in film, stage, and television, helping to shape American entertainment. the great courage, kindness, and patriotism she showed in her many tours during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Conflict earned her the nickname "Colonel Maggie." The American people honor Martha Raye, a woman who has tirelessly used her gifts to benefit the lives of her fellow Americans."

In making the award, the President expressed his concern about Ms. Raye's health, and extended his best wishes, and those of Mrs. Clinton, for her recovery.

Arrangements for the presentation of the medal to Ms. Raye have not yet been completed.

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The medal shown below is identical to the one that was presented to Colonel Maggie on 15 November 1993 in her BelAir, California home by Medal of Honor recipient retired MSG Roy Benavidez, USA Special Forces. He was accompanied for the ceremony by the Marine Corps liaison from The White House representing President Clinton. 

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OTHER AWARDS & TITLES:

bulletEntertainer of the Year--Non-Commissioned Officer Association
bulletThe Molly Pitcher Award
bulletThe Four Chaplainís Award
bulletLife membership--Tri-County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, Albany, New York
bulletHonorary member of AD-Eighty-seven to Tenth ARVN Division
bulletHonorary member--First Cavalry Division Association, Fort Hood, Texas
bulletHonorary Lieutenant Colonel--United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets)
bulletHonorary Colonel--the United States Marine Corps--here is one of the many Honorary Marine documents she had. Photo by Noonie Fortin:

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bulletMy friend, Bill "Doc" Hoffman, nominated Maggie to be inducted into the World War II Memorial. Please visit the World War II Honoree page that was made for her.

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