When the Seahawks host the Falcons Monday night, a Lacey woman who is the oldest living military nurse in the United States will raise the "12" flag at CenturyLink as part of the team's annual military tribute.
Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Nichols, 95, served in three wars as a member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She helped build Boeing bombers during WWII and was an original member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1969, including WWII, Korea and Vietnam conflicts. During her time in Korea and Vietnam, she devoted her spare time to helping orphaned children. Nichols is also a Bronze Star recipient for her participation in World War II.
Monday's night flag raising will be the latest honor for Nichols, but far from the most significant one for Nichols, who once served as a nurse to President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
On Friday, Nichols visited the Seahawks at practice, calling it "an honor" to meet the players "I see on TV all the time." Nichols stood in uniform greeting them as they came off the field, and nearly every player lined up to offer a handshake or a hug and thanked Nichols for her impressive service. Carroll later presented her with a personalized jersey.
Nichols reportedly remains active to this day, walking a mile on most days. She also notes her father and brother also served in the Army, her dad in World War I and her brother in World War II.