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US veteran, 110, dies weeks after meeting with Obama

Update: August, 18/2015 - 10:24

US veteran, 110, dies weeks after meeting with Obama

WASHINGTON — The oldest known US veteran, Emma Didlake, died on Sunday, just weeks after meeting President Barack Obama. She was 110.

The African American housewife got sick early Sunday and died suddenly after complaining of feeling tired over several days, the San Antonio Express-News reported, citing her granddaughter Marilyn Horne.

"It was a month ago today that we went to the White House, a month ago today," said Horne, 62, of the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

"I think she felt she had accomplished everything and could take her rest."

Didlake met with Obama on July 17. She has received various decorations for her service during World War II.

Didlake had joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943, defying racism and segregation at a time when most women stayed home.

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

"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."

With her death, the oldest known living US veteran of the war is Richard Overton. — AFP

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