Motivational Monday: Remembering a Brave World War II Veteran, Lucy Coffey

In 1934, when the United States called for help during World War II, Lucy Coffey answered.

She quit her job at a grocery store and enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. As one of the 400,000 American women who served in uniform during World War II, Coffey traveled to Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.

She won the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a bronze star during the Battle of Luzon. She also received an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with a bronze star, a World War II Victory Medal, the WAC Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

Coffey stayed in Japan as an Army accountant and statistician in Japan well past her honorable discharge in 1945. Thirteen years later, she returned to Texas and worked at Kelly Air Force Base until her retirement in 1971.

In 2014, at 108-years-old, Coffey was the oldest living female World War II veteran when she took a special trip to Washington, D.C. Sergeant Coffey traveled on an Honor Flight from San Antonio to take in the monuments and memorials dedicated to veterans like her.

During her visit to the nation’s capital, Coffey saw the World War II Memorial and The Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, where she had a private tour and small ceremony before receiving tokens of appreciation from members of the Women’s Memorial Foundation. 

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