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The Oldest Female Veteran In America, 108, Honored In Washington DC

July 30, 2014

The oldest female veteran in America is Lucy Coffey. She was a WAC and stationed in the south Pacific. Coffey was awarded two Bronze Stars in World War II.

At 108 she is still in good health, although she cannot speak, and so it was time to give her her due.  She and two people assisting her flew first class courtesy American Airlines.

The Oldest Female Veteran In America

Via Stars and Stripes:

Staff Sgt. Lucy Coffey enlisted in 1943, around the time of her 37th birthday. She had tried to enlist several times before that, but was rejected for being too short or too slim. Donning extra weights on her legs, she passed the weight minimum of 100 pounds.

While in the Women’s Army Corps, she earned two Bronze Stars, a WAC Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. Coffey was one of 150,000 women who served as WACs during the war.

WAC members have a unique place in history as the first females besides nurses to serve within the ranks of the U.S. Army.

Coffey served mainly in the Pacific Theater, going to Australia and Dutch New Guinea before finally arriving in the Philippines in April 1945 during the Luzon Campaign. Her last stop was at Okinawa, Japan.

While in the Army, she worked as an accountant-statistician, and served in the procurement office.

Coffey was honorably discharged in November, 1945, but stayed in Japan as a civil servant. She later transferred to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where she worked until her retirement in 1971.

The Oldest Female Veteran In America, 108, Honored In Washington DC