WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama opened the Oval Office to a 110-year-old Detroit woman believed to be the nation’s oldest veteran.
Obama says Emma Didlake’s service is a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought in World War II or supported those did.
Didlake was a 38-year-old wife and mother of five when she signed up for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943.
She held the rank of private and served stateside for about seven months as a driver.
Didlake, who wore a patriotic-themed neck scarf, sat in her wheelchair in the same spot in the Oval Office where foreign leaders sit when they meet with Obama.
As a scrum of reporters and photographers rushed in, Obama told Didlake: “Don’t worry about these folks.”