WASHINGTON, DC (WJLA/CNN) - The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran was honored Saturday and visited some of the memorials honoring her service.
"She's a 108 years old,” Fletcher Gill, chief executive officer of Luke's Wings, said. “To put it in perspective, her father fought in the Civil War."
Too frail to get around, barely able to speak, she finally made it to the memorial constructed because of her service to our country.
Coffey joined the Army, or the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, in 1943, just a month shy of her 37th birthday.
The Indiana native lived in Dallas, was shipped out to Australia, did some time in Dutch New Guinea, the Phillippines and Japan.
After being discharged from the Army, she stayed in civil service until 1971.
"I think it's important for Americans to remember what kind of sacrifices make to really be, in their opinion, an American," Gill said.
"We owe Lucy Coffey a debt of gratitude," Allen Bergeron of Honor Flight Austin said
After a personal tour of the World War II Memorial, Coffey went over to the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery - a place 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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