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Oldest Known Vet Dies at 110

A month ago, President Obama met with the nation’s oldest living veteran, a 110-year-old Detroit woman who joined the Women’s Army Auxillary Corps during World War II.

Sadly, Emma Didlake passed away Sunday after a sudden illness, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“Emma Didlake served her country with distinction and honor, a true trailblazer for generations of Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country,” President Obama said Monday in a statement through the White House Press Office. “I was humbled and grateful to welcome Emma to the White House last month, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to Emma’s family, friends, and everyone she inspired over her long and quintessentially American life.”

Didlake visited the White House on July 17 with support from the Honor Flight Network, a national nonprofit that provides trips for veterans to visit Washington monuments and memorials.

In addition to an Oval Office photo op with President Obama, Didlake also visited a memorial devoted to her hero, World War II President Franklin Roosevelt.

At the age of 38, the mother of five joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) during World War II. For roughly seven months, she served stateside during the war as a private and driver.

Emma Didlake, thank you for your service.

Rest in peace.