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Nation's oldest female veteran dies at age 108

Women's Army Corps Cpl. Alyce Dixon talks with her superior officer while she served with the 6888th Postal Batallion. The battalion was the first all female, all black battalion in World War II. Dixon served from 1943 to 1946.

U.S. Department of Defense

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 29, 2016

WASHINGTON  — The oldest female veteran, Alyce Dixon, has died at the age of 108.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says in a news release that Ms. Dixon died in her sleep Wednesday at the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Community Living Center.

Ms. Dixon was born in 1907 in Boston. She joined the military in 1943, and was among one of the first African-American women in the Army. As a member of the Women's Army Corps, she was stationed in England and France where she served in the postal service as part of the 6888th Battalion.

After leaving the Army, she worked at the Census Bureau and the Pentagon.

Medical Center Director Brian A. Hawkins says Ms. Dixon was "a strong-willed, funny, wise, giving and feisty WWII Veteran," and will be missed.
 

World War II Army veteran Alyce Dixon talks about her experiences as a member of the Women's Army Corps, during a women's history month event at the Pentagon, March 31, 2014. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dixon passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. She was 108.
Lisa Ferdinando/U.S. Army

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