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Oldest living female WWII veteran visits memorial

Oldest Living Female WWII Veteran Visits Memorial

At 108 years old, Lucy Coffey is the world's oldest living female World War II veteran.



Coffey served as a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, and KENS reports that last weekend, she was able to see a memorial in Washington, D.C. that honors women who served during World War II.

Service men and women from days past and even those currently in the military were on hand to greet the centenarian as she arrived with a police escort at San Antonio International Airport.​

It was all thanks to the nonprofit Honor Flight, which flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials. The website says that top priority is given to World War II survivors and the terminally ill.

News outlets in Washington picked up the story about Coffey's visit and highlighted her time at her memorial.

WJLA reports that 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.

Stars and Stripes reports that upon seeing it, Coffey did a little dance. The outlet also emphasizes Coffey's determination. Although she successfully enlisted in 1943, she had tried before then but was denied for "being too short or too slim."

​Donning extra weights on her legs, she passed the weight minimum of 100 pounds.

KSAT reports that Coffey received a send-off worthy of royalty when she flew out of the San Antonio International Airport and was greeted at the Reagan National Airport upon landing.

During her stay in D.C., she also got to meet President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The office of the VP even tweeted out a photo introducing her to the world as the nation's oldest female veteran.

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seban July 28 2014 at 2:17 PM

How wonderful and I'm sure she appreciated it very much! Thanks for your service during WW2, along with all our other veterans!

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medow1969 July 28 2014 at 5:25 PM

Poor lady has to see what her country has become over this administration.

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katyclaire medow1969 July 29 2014 at 3:31 AM

Many of us are happy with this administration, proud of our country and doing fine. Thanks for bringing your negativity to an article that is completely unrelated to your views.

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jrb359 katyclaire July 29 2014 at 6:23 AM

Fortunately you and others like you are becoming the minority! Hopefully the voters will do the RIGHT thing in November and vote out the vermin!

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notapclib katyclaire July 29 2014 at 8:56 AM

Yep... a whopping 29% of the electorate still is delusional and says they support the empty suit and his pathetic administration.... It appears you may be one of those.

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vpqueen July 28 2014 at 2:35 PM

It's really unfortunate when a person gets senile. Couldn't they have sent somebody other than Biden to meet with a lady who seems to be as sharp as a tack?

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positiveteam July 28 2014 at 4:05 PM

she should slap biden. after all, she protected our border and he embraces those who sneak in and spit on it.

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am0714 positiveteam July 28 2014 at 4:13 PM

WHAT ? Maybe someone was spitting at you jerk

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prnyl July 28 2014 at 3:25 PM

At least she knew what she was visiting- Was Biden awake????

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rouster92 July 28 2014 at 7:29 PM

Biden's looking to get lucky and a vote.

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David July 28 2014 at 2:46 PM

Which one is SHE, the one on the right or the left ?

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mgt0331 David July 28 2014 at 3:12 PM

That is the funniest shi# I ever heard.

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frankiegallo33 July 29 2014 at 4:45 AM

Look at that picture.
The oldest looking female WWII Veteran. Bless Her.
With he is the oldest A$$H0LE hair plug model. Damn Him.

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Frankie frankiegallo33 July 29 2014 at 8:59 AM

Grow up. Let's see YOUR picture, frankiegallo33.

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sports July 28 2014 at 5:22 PM

Only a 90yr old would talk to that idiot.

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hairoller July 28 2014 at 3:43 PM

Why were they not at all enthusiastic about the Vietnam war?

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ranger197172 hairoller July 29 2014 at 4:06 AM

Its ok. Like vets everywhere, we never look for or expect attention for doing our jobs.

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