Oldest Female WWII Veteran Honored In DC: ‘Her Father Fought In The Civil War’ (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 108-year-old World War II veteran was honored as she visited the Washington, D.C. WWII Memorial for the first time.

Lucy Coffey joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943, when she was 36 years old. She was shipped out to Australia and later worked in Dutch New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.

She was discharged from the Army and stayed in civil service until 1971.

Saturday was the first time she had ever seen the memorial. She was flown first class from San Antonio to D.C. on a trip arranged in part by the non-profit group Honor Flight.

"We owe Lucy Coffey a debt of gratitude," Allen Bergeron of Honor Flight Austin said.

"She's a 108 years old. To put it in perspective, her father fought in the Civil War,” said Fletcher Gill, chief executive officer of Luke's Wings, a charity organization that unites wounded warriors and veterans with their loved ones.

"I think it's important for Americans to remember what kind of sacrifices make to really be, in their opinion, an American," Gill added.

After a personal tour of the World War II Memorial, Coffey visited the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, which she personally requested to see.

"She is relentlessly strong. That's why she is here today," Bergeron said. "She said, 'Yes, I want to see it. Yes, I want to go'."


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