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Pioneering member of Tuskegee Airman dies at 87 - June 26, 2008, 08:54 PM

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ATLANTA (AP) Lt. Col. Charles "Chuck" Dryden, one of the first of the pioneering black World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died. He was 87.
Dryden died Tuesday in Atlanta of natural causes, said Roger Neal, a spokesman for the National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta. Dryden was on the museum's board of directors.
"He was not just a part of American history; he helped to make it," museum founder Nick Snider said Thursday.
Dryden's 21-year military career included combat missions in Korea and assignments in Japan, Germany and U.S. bases. He retired from the Air Force in 1962.
About 1,000 pilots trained as a segregated Army Air Corps unit at the Tuskegee Army Flying School in Alabama during World War II.
Dryden was selected for aviation cadet training at Tuskegee in August 1941, only a month after the program began and four months before the U.S. entered World War II.
He was one of three men commissioned in April 1942 as a second lieutenant. Just five pilots had earned their wings in the program ahead of Dryden's class of three.
Dryden was a member of the famed 99th Pursuit Squadron and later the 332nd Fighter Group, which served in North Africa and Italy.
His P-40 airplane was nicknamed "A-Train," and Dryden titled his autobiography "A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman." It was published by the University of Alabama Press in 1997.
Last year, President Bush and Congress awarded the Tuskegee Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal. Some 300 surviving airmen including Dryden gathered in Washington for the ceremony in March 2007.
While attending the Washington gathering, Dryden told The Associated Press that he had mixed feelings about the event, since it came so many years after the war. But he added that the medal helped convince him that the country does recognize the airmen's contributions.
"It's really something," he said.
He recalled that after returning from his overseas service, he was stationed in Walterboro, S.C., where he saw German prisoners of war get privileges in theaters and cafeterias that were denied to black soldiers.
Dryden was born in 1920 in New York City to Jamaican parents. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Hofstra University and a master's degree in public law and government from Columbia University.
In 1998, Dryden was inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. He was also a professor of air science at Howard University.
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June 26, 2008, 09:10 PM

He was your grandfather??? Wow. Those guys were the real deal, despite the BS they had to put up with. We all owe them a debt of gratitude!!
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June 26, 2008, 10:03 PM

RIP

I remember seeing the Tuskegee reference in your avatar. That's pretty cool having a grandfather who was groundbreaking like that. Now that's a patriot. Took guts to fight for his country when that same country either ignored him or, worse, considered him inferior based solely on pigmentation.

My condolences to you and your family.
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RIP. My condolences to you and your family as well Cam.

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Sorry to hear about this Cam. I'm glad he had the opportunity to share his experiences with you.

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I and mine send our sincerest condolences, Cam. My grandfather's brother (who I'm named after) was a navigator on a B-17. Your grandfather's unit was a big part of the reason he got home from the war. He's passed on, but allow me to pass along the gratitude I know he felt toward the fighters who risked (and frequently lost) their lives protecting him on his missions.


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Sorry to hear about this Cam. You and your family are in our prayers.

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RIP sir. It's a damn shame to see our WWII vets passing on but such is life. Their immeasurable contributions will never be forgotten.


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RIP Lt. Col. Dryden. Cam, I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. He sounds like a great man.

**This story has some more detail and some pictures.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/met...yden_obit.html

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Thank you all for the kind words, thoughts, and prayers! "The Col." has touched many and will be greatly missed!
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I bought a model plane that they flew because I wanted people to ask about it so I could tell the story of these great Americans.
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Holy Shit :O...your Grandfather was "A-Train" ? He was very well known, obviously, and featured in the movie. I'm sorry for your loss, Cam. Guys like your grandfather and his peers don't come along too often anymore.


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Holy Shit :O...your Grandfather was "A-Train" ? He was very well known, obviously, and featured in the movie. I'm sorry for your loss, Cam. Guys like your grandfather and his peers don't come along too often anymore.
Yep the Tuskegee Airmen were 'da sit! Yes - The one and only "A-Train"! Cuba Gooding Jr. played Billy "A-Train" Roberts in the movie (a combo of several airmen to make the "doc-drama" character). In the movie Billy "A-Train" Roberts got shot down and killed but, fortunately Granddad lived a long and amazing life!http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114745/

Rumor is George Lucas is going into production for an upcoming movie - "The Red Tails" based on these heros.
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