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The women of the Tuskegee airbase



As a nurse, “Pete” Dryden said she could have served anywhere, but she felt it was her mission to come to Tuskegee when she found out there was going to be a black fighter pilot unit. She said that the base created its own environment that shielded itself from the racism surrounding it.

“We were patriotic; we were proud. We knew we could outfly anybody,” she said about being at the Tuskegee airbase during World War II.

Dryden said she and the nurses at the base not only provided medical treatment, but were a source of moral support when the young men were homesick or feeling the stress of the rigorous training program.

“They knew they had someone to lean on,” Dryden said.

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