Oldest female veteran loved serving her country

By: The San Antonio Express-News
July 27, 2014 Updated: July 27, 2014 at 9:44 am
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ADVANCED FOR USE FOR MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014 AND THEREAFTER Lucy Coffey and Queta Marquez, Bexar County veterans service officer, go through pictures taken while Coffey was in Japan. Coffey is the nation's oldest woman veteran, serving in the procurement office of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. Today, she is 108 years old. A group in Austin wants to send her to Washington for an honor flight and possibly meet with Vice President Biden. Coffey enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 and landed in Japan, where she served in the procurement office and worked for 10 years after the war ended. She worked in the procurement office at Kelly from 1958 until her retirement in 1971, and is only a few days younger than America's oldest male veteran, Richard Overton. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Helen L. Montoya)**MAGS OUT NO SALES SAN ANTONIO OUT**

SAN ANTONIO - When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Lucy Coffey had left the farm in Martinsville, Ind., spent time in Chicago and finally settled in Dallas, where she worked at an A&P supermarket.

After quitting the A&P in 1943, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, a call to service that would take her to Japan before she returned and settled in San Antonio.

Now, at 108, the nation's oldest female veteran has one more trip she wants to make, this time an Honor Flight, an all-expense-paid salute to World War II veterans. The destination: Washington, D.C.

"I'd like to go to see things that are there that were not there before," Coffey said. "It's been a long time since I've been in Washington, but I would like to go to see the things that are there."

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