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Nation's Oldest Female Veteran Dies At 108

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visit with Lucy Coffey in the Vice President's Office of the White House on July 25, 2014.
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President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visit with Lucy Coffey in the Vice President's Office of the White House on July 25, 2014.

Lucy Coffey, the nation's oldest female military veteran, has died at the age of 108. She died Thursday in her sleep at her home in San Antonio, Texas. Her friend, Queta Marquez, a veterans' service officer, says Coffey had been sick for about a week and had a chronic cough, according to CBS.

Lucy Coffee was working at an A&P; grocery store in Dallas when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, according to the Stars and Stripes. In 1943, she joined the newly formed Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The war took her to the Pacific theater, including New Guinea, the Philippines and finally Japan, where she spent a decade before moving to San Antonio.

Last year, other veterans in Texas organized a so-called Honor Flight for Coffey that brought her to Washington, D.C., to see the area's war memorials. During that trip, Coffey met President Obama and spent 30 minutes with Vice President Biden.

Only one other veteran — another Texan named Richard Overton — was older than Coffey ... by just three days.

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