Woman believed to be nation's oldest veteran dies at age 110

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Emma Didlake died Sunday in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit.

Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she signed up in 1943 for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. She served about seven months stateside during the war, as a private and driver.

She was born in Alabama. She moved with her family to Detroit in 1944.

Obama said Monday in a statement that "Didlake served her country with distinction and honor, a true trailblazer for generations of Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country."

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President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with the oldest living woman veteran, 110-year-old Emma Didlake in the Oval Office of the White House on July 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: The oldest living woman veteran, 110-year-old Emma Didlake meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on July 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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