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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:37:20PM

A salute to Capt. Phillips and SEALs

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY ART AND HAZEL NICHOLAS
Capt. Richard Phillips, who had been captured by Somali pirates and rescued by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2009, hugs Oak Forest resident Hazel Nicholas with her husband Art. Retired Navy SEAL Capt. Larry Bailey stands behind the Oak Forest couple. They all met four years ago at the annual Navy SEALs Museum Muster Day in Fort Pierce.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ART AND HAZEL NICHOLAS
Oak Forest couple Art and Hazel Nicholas stand beside the actual life boat in which Capt. Richard Phillips was held captive by Somali pirates and was rescued by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2009.

SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLY, reilly@sun-herald.com
Oak Forest residents Art and Hazel Nicholas attend the annual Navy SEALs Museum Muster Day in Fort Pierce regularly. Art served with the U.S. Scouts & Raiders, precursors of the Navy SEALs. The couple met Capt. Richard Phillips, who was the captain of the U.S. container ship, Maersk Alabama, when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A number of military vehicles and marching groups proudly took part in the Veterans Appreciation Celebration Parade Saturday in Punta Gorda.

By STEVE REILLY

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ENGLEWOOD — When Art and Hazel Nicholas recently saw Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips,” the film was more than a night at the movies for the Oak Forest couple.

“I was completely exhausted after watching the movie, knowing what he went through,” Art said.

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