The nation's oldest female World War Two vet got a hero's send off today as she left San Antonio for Washington DC on an 'honor flight' to tour the World War Two Memorial, and the National Women's Veterans Memorial, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
Lucy Coffey is 108 years old. She was already in her late thirties when she joined the Women's Army Corps during World War Two. Stationed in the Pacific, she received two Bronze Stars for her service, and rose to the rank of sergeant.
Another potential stop on the trip is the Japanese Embassy. After the war was over, Sgt. Coffey stayed in the Pacific and lived in Japan for ten years.
After returning to the U.S. in 1957, Sgt. Coffey worked at Kelly Air Force Base, retiring in 1971.
The Honor Flight provides special escorted trips for ageing World War Two veterans to see the National Memorial. Sgt. Coffey, along with her caregiver and an EMS technician, are all flying first class to Washington DC, courtesy of American Airlines.
She was escorted to the plane by a column of her fellow veterans.