DETROIT (AP) – Services for a woman who was believed to be the oldest U.S. veteran at the time of her death will be held in downtown Detroit.
Emma Didlake’s funeral begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church. Didlake of West Bloomfield died Sunday at age 110.
She was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she signed up in 1943 for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Didlake served about seven months stateside during the war as a private and driver.
Born in Alabama, she moved with her family to Detroit in 1944.
Didlake met last month with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
After her death, Obama said Didlake was a “trailblazer for generations of Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country.”
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