Mary E. Rickards

Second Lieutenant Mary E. Rickards was a surgical nurse on the base. She arrived on base with Alice M. Dunkley and Irma Cameron. She was also a schoolmate of Cameron. Cameron called her “Ricki.” The July 15, 1944 base newspaper reported that she had been promoted to first lieutenant. She was also mentioned earlier in the October 15, 1943 edition of the Hawk’s Cry that she “has been hospitalized and in the care of one of her sister nurses.” She was still listed on the base roster as of March 15, 1946, but by the July 15, 1946 roster, she had separated from the service. She was mentioned as deceased in the Tuskegee Airmen 1977 Convention booklet.