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President Obama met with 110-year-old Emma Didlake of Detroit Friday afternoon to honor her service in WWII and her “trailblazing.”
Didlake is the nation’s oldest living veteran. She served “with distinction and honor” during her time as an Army private in the war, Obama said. She has won “every kind of commendation,” he added.
Meeting Didlake is a “great reminder not only of the sacrifices the Greatest Generation made” but also of the “trailblazing” done by women veterans and African American veterans who helped integrate the military, Obama said as he sat next to Didlake, who was in a wheelchair, in the Oval Office.
“We are very, very proud of them; that's why we have to make sure we do right by them," the president concluded.
Per the White House her medals and distinctions are as follows: Women's Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
She is visiting Washington, D.C., for her Honor Flight, provided by the Honor Flight Network. Her caretaker and granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, accompanied her.
Didlake was born in 1905.
White House Correspondent