Oldest known U.S. vet, Emma Didlake, passes away at 110

Oldest known U.S. vet, Emma Didlake, passes away at 110
Emma Didlake, 110, visited the White House in June. (Image: AP, Evan Vucci via MySanAntonio.com)

[Ed. – What a lady.  The band is striking up in heaven.]

The nation’s oldest known veteran, Emma Didlake, died Sunday, a month after meeting President Obama in the White House. She was 110.

Didlake, an African American housewife who joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943, fell ill Sunday morning and suddenly died.

Her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, said she had complained of feeling tired over the past few days, and had showed signs of failing over the weekend.

“It was a month ago today that we went to the White House, a month ago today,” said Horne, 62, of Farmington Hills, a Detroit suburb. “I think she felt she had accomplished everything and could take her rest.” …

With the deaths of [Army veteran Lucy] Coffey and Didlake, the oldest known veteran of the war is Richard Overton, a Bastrop County native. He was born three days before Coffey in May 1906.

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