Martha Raye may have been lucky in her career but here love life was anything but. Married 7 times to a variety of men, her most memorable marriage has to be to husband #7 Mark Harris. As the Washington Post once described Mr. Harris, “…the fame-obsessed, pinkie-ringed, lipo-suctioned bisexual Mark Harris has been known to prey on older, wealthy divas with equal parts devotion and disdain.” But hey, who are we to judge?
You are probably wondering why Martha Raye is buried in a military cemetery in North Carolina. Appreciation of her work with the USO during World War II and subsequent wars led to her being named both an honorary colonel in the U.S. Marines and an honorary lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, and earned special consideration to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Upon her death it was instead requested that she be buried with full military honors in the Fort Liberty (then Fort Bragg) Main Post cemetery at Spring Lake, North Carolina, home of her loving and beloved United States Army Special Forces; the Fifth Special Forces Group (Airborne) made her an honorary Green Beret for her USO work in Vietnam.
Final Resting Place:
Fort Liberty Main Post Cemetery
Spring Lake, North Carolina, 28390
Grave Location:Section 1, Row 28, Grave 780-B
Grave Location Description
Turn left onto Watson Street and then turn right into the second gravel road / parking lot. From the parking lot count 8 rows into Section 1 and then turn right until you find the final resting place of actress Martha Raye.