A Bad Deal - My Vietnam War Story
Airs Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Credit: Credit: Jim Hamlyn
In 1966, Iowa native Jim Hamlyn was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served a year-long tour of duty during the heart of the Vietnam War.
Using an 8mm camera, Hamlyn-who would receive the Bronze Star for valor in combat-documented his war experiences.
Now, Hamlyn's war footage is being seen on television for the first time.
"A Bad Deal - My Vietnam War Story" highlights this never-before-seen footage, along with interviews with Hamlyn, to offer a revealing glimpse into the story of one American war veteran transformed by combat, as seen through the lens of his film camera.
Featuring a haunting, original score by Joe Maddock, the film takes you back in time to relive one of America's most divisive conflicts.
“Due to the controversy surrounding the Vietnam War, I wanted to create a positive statement to recognize and honor the veterans and the sacrifices they made,” shares Hamlyn, the subject of the film. “My story is an accurate accounting of my memories and is notably different from many of the national news stories during that period. My memory offers a different perspective and insight into events as I saw them during my days of duty. Hopefully, by viewing this documentary, individuals will reach a deeper understanding of the Vietnam War and its effects on veterans.”
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