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Oldest known veteran, 110, blazed path for blacks, women:

Emma Didlake likes to say she always was one for getting into something, but she had no idea of what a big deal it was when she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943. A lot of Americans didn't like the idea of women stepping into roles that had been reserved for men, especially if those jobs took them to war. But then there was the fact that she was black in a segregated society. "I didn't know I was breaking barriers," said Didlake, who turned 110 on March 13, receiving more than 250 birthday cards. "But I enjoyed doing what I was doing because I had committed myself to do just this." Now she's breaking one last barrier. Didlake, the nation's oldest known veteran, is headed to Washington, D.C., for a tour of the monuments and, perhaps, a visit with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Nothing has been scheduled by the White House or Talons Out Ho...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/oldest-known-veteran-110-blazed-pa...

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