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Woodsville Legion Members Visit Navy Vet, 100, at Nursing Home

Mary Tyler, director of social services at Grafton County Home, gives a pin to 100-year-old Navy veteran Carolyn Nichols. She made the presentation during a visit by members of American Legion Ross-Wood Post 20 in Woodsville.

Mary Tyler, director of social services at Grafton County Home, gives a pin to 100-year-old Navy veteran Carolyn Nichols. She made the presentation during a visit by members of American Legion Ross-Wood Post 20 in Woodsville.

North Haverhill — Members of the American Legion Post in Woodsville visited Grafton County Nursing Home on July 4 to visit residents and thank veterans for their service. Among those they talked with was 100-year-old veteran Carolyn Nichols.

Nichols, who lives at the nursing home, was born in Barnet, Vt., and lived most of her life in McIndoes, Vt.

During World War II, when her brother was declared missing in action in Europe, Nichols felt it was “her duty to serve however she could,” the post said in a recent news release.

She joined the Navy in the early 1940s and was stationed at a government-rented facility at Dartmouth College, where she served as a bookkeeper and payroll clerk.

“Happily for Carolyn, toward the end of the war her brother turned up as a prisoner of war held by the Germans all those years,” the post said. “He was a little the worse from his treatment but was alive and coming home.”

Members of the Ross-Wood Post 20 make several trips to the nursing home every year.

— Staff report