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Michigan woman believed to be oldest veteran dies at age 110, month after meeting Obama

FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran has died a month after meeting the president. The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Didlake died Sunday, Aug. 16 in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran has died a month after meeting the president. The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Didlake died Sunday, Aug. 16 in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)  (The Associated Press)

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."