World War II Veteran Jack Hamlin to be Honored in Springfield Thursday

On the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, one Springfield resident will be honored for his bravery and contribution to the fight.

Jack Hamlin served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, as was tasked with plunging into the freezing water to rescue wounded soldiers.

Now 102-years-old, he is being honored by Mayor Ken McClure this afternoon in what will now be known as “Jack Hamlin Day” in Springfield.

A special ceremony will be held at the Monclair Assisted Living Facility Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm, where Mayor McClure will present an award to Hamlin, as well as keys to the city.