Irma Cameron (Dryden)

Second Lieutenant Irma Cameron (Dryden) says she arrived at Tuskegee Army Air Field by train with Alice M. Dunkley and Mary Rickards. Cameron was an only child. She was born May 28, 1920 in New York City. Her dad was a Jamaican dental technician and her mother was a teacher. She is a graduate of Harlem Hospital School of Nursing’s class of 1942. She went into the military service in 1943. This medical nurse was married to one of the airmen, although their marriage ended in divorce in later years. She said that she and Charles Dryden were married November 16, 1943 participating in the first military wedding at Tuskegee. The Hawk’s Cry Hospital Headlines of November 11, 1943 included the nuptual announcement, “We wish to congratulate 1st Lt Charles Dryden, of the 99th, and 2nd LT Irma Cameron, Army Nurse Corps, upon their marriage. We wish them a happily married life and many memories of the beautiful occasion.” The story of her courtship and marriage is included in Tom Brokaw’s An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation. Charles Dryden also included their story in his book, The A-Train: Story of a Tuskegee Airman. Dryden’s father and mother were both Jamaican. Second Lieutenant Irma Dryden left the service in 1944.