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

President Obama Meets With Nation's Oldest Living Veteran


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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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)
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