- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The oldest U.S. female veteran has died at 108.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said in a news release that Alyce Dixon died in her sleep Wednesday at a Washington, D.C., veterans living center.

Dixon was born in Boston in 1907. 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.

Brian A. Hawkins is director of the center where Dixon lived. He called Dixon a “strong-willed, funny, wise, giving and feisty WWII Veteran.”

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