Lucy Coffey, 108, the country's oldest female veteran died yesterday morning, the Bexar County Veterans Service Office announced.
Coffey served during World War II.
"She is an incredible lady who will be missed dearly," the Veterans Service Office said in a Facebook post. "Her contributions to our country and community will never be forgotten."
Last July, Coffey visited Washington D.C. She took an Honor Flight from Austin to see memorials honoring her generation's service.
Lena Jordi Cruzval, an intern at Veterans Affairs in D.C., met Coffey on the visit and blogged about it for the VA.
According to Cruzval, Coffey joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1945, but continued to serve as an accountant and statistician. Thirteen years later, she transferred to Kelly Air Force Base and retired.
"Looking at Lucy I knew that if it weren’t for her and the other women who took the initiative to join the WAAC and step up to the challenge, women today might not even be able to contest the notion that they don’t belong in combat units," Cruzval wrote. "It’s female Veterans, like Lucy, who give me the confidence to say women can excel in combat arms and perform on par with their male counterparts if they choose that path. Female soldiers have shocked society once before. Who’s to say they won’t do it again?"
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