Co-founder of NH troop greeter group dies

Posted Nov. 30, 2011, at 3:04 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Charles “Charlie” Nichols, a founding member of the Pease Greeters which welcomes soldiers coming and going from New Hampshire’s Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, has died. He was 85.

Nichols, who died Sunday at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, was a World War II Marine who received two Purple Hearts.

The greeters were first organized in 2005. Nichols, of Kittery, Maine, was one of six members who in 2008 met with President George W. Bush at the White House. The greeters make sure the soldiers are sent off to duty and welcomed home with the strongest of support.

Group Chairman Chuck Cove told the Portsmouth Herald that Nichols used a wheelchair but was determined to stand before Bush, who helped him out of his chair.

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