Nation's oldest female WWII vet takes Honor Flight

Lucy Coffey visits nation's capital

By Robert Taylor - Web - News Editor

SAN ANTONIO - The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran took the trip of a lifetime this weekend.

Lucy Coffey, 108, left San Antonio on Friday on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

"She's 108 years old. To put it in perspective, her father fought in the Civil War," said Fletcher Gill, CEO of Luke's Wings.

Coffey is barely able to speak and too frail to get around without assistance, but she finally made it to the World War II Memorial constructed in honor of her service and the service of many others.

When she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943, Coffey was just a month shy of her 37th birthday.

The Indiana native lived in Dallas. She was shipped to Australia, served in Dutch New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.

After being discharged from the Army, she stayed in civil service until 1971.

While in the nation's capital, Coffey also visited the White House, where she met Vice President Joe Biden.

She ended her trip with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, a place she personally requested to see.

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