Meet Lucy Coffey! At 108 years old she is our nation’s oldest woman veteran, having served at the rank of sergeant in the procurement office of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.
Lucy was working at a local A&P supermarket when she decided to enlist in 1943, and subsequently landed in Japan. A proud recipient of two Bronze Stars for her service in the Pacific, Lucy told the San Antonio Express-News earlier this week, “I’d love to serve my country forever.”
In salute to this inspiring centenarian, veterans’ supporters in San Antonio and Austin, along with the help of two retired Marines, just succeeded in fulfilling one of Lucy’s dreams… making one last trip to visit her favorite monuments in Washington D.C. – the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Women’s Memorial. Her all-expenses-paid Honor Flight and tour will end with a visit to the White House.
Pending final medical approval, Lucy and her caregiver are scheduled to leave this Friday, and will fly first-class compliments of American Airlines.
More on this awesome woman and her well deserved trip here.
Photo credit: Helen L. Montoya / San Antonio Express-News