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Old Time Kentucky: Christmas report of soldier’s Pearl Harbor demise was greatly exaggerated

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist The Hamlin home in Harlan was joyless seventy-five Christmases ago. On Dec. 16, 1941, Green and Molly Hamlin got the telegram parents most fear in wartime. “The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, James Thomas Hamlin, fireman first class, U.S. Navy, was lost in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country…,”...