Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Oldest US Veteran


SHE is 110 years old.

Emma Didlake signed up for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.

The Army History site has some of the background of the WAAC up.  It’s interesting that the Congressmen fussed over women enlisting because:

“Who will then do the cooking, the washing, the mending, the humble homey tasks to which every woman has devoted herself; who will nurture the children?”

A lot of the male soldiers didn’t like it because it represented change.  Women were in places they hadn’t been before, and it changed some of the gender roles by its existence.  The WAACs paved the road for people like me to enlist decades later.

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