~ On June 6, Mayor Ken McClure honored World War II veteran Jack Hamlin with the Key to the City at The Montclair Senior Living facility. Born in Springfield in 1921, Hamlin attended Springfield High School (now Central) and later enrolled in Drury University. He also played Minor League Baseball for the New York Yankees' farm club in Joplin in 1939.

However, when World War II broke out, Hamlin, like many other young men, enlisted in the service. Despite his desire to defend his homeland, he was unable to serve due to a childhood illness. Instead, he joined the Coast Guard and was soon deployed to cross the English Channel on June 6, 1944.

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Mayor McClure praised Hamlin's bravery and dedication to serving his country during a ceremony where he presented him with the Key to the City. The honor recognizes Hamlin's sacrifices and contributions during one of the most significant events in history.

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