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Lucy Coffey Dies: Oldest Female American Military Veteran Was 108

By    |   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 05:12 PM

Lucy Coffey, the oldest female American military veteran, has died at age 108.

Coffey was found dead in her bed in San Antonio Thursday morning, The Associated Press reported. Friend Queta Marquez, Bexar County veterans' service officer, said Coffey had been sick for about a week and had a chronic cough.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Indiana-born farm girl was working at a Dallas grocery store the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The San Antonio Express-News reports that she quit the store in 1943 to join the new Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, which stationed her around the Pacific. She spent a decade in Japan before she moved to San Antonio.

She visited Washington on an Honor Flight. She met President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who spent 30 minutes with her.

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