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A Bad Deal - My Vietnam War Story

Airs Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Jim Hamlyn used an 8mm camera to document his year-long tour of duty in Vietn...

Credit: Credit: Jim Hamlyn

Above: Jim Hamlyn used an 8mm camera to document his year-long tour of duty in Vietnam.

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.

Photo credit: Credit: Jim Hamlyn

Certificate issued to commemorate Jim Hamlyn for heroism in ground combat. Hamlyn was awarded the Bronze Star.

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.

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In 1966, U.S. Army draftee Jim Hamlyn 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. "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.”

Photo credit: Credit: Jim Hamlyn

The U.S. Army 196th Light Infantry Brigade flag.

Credits:

Produced and directed by Mark St. George for WSIU Public Broadcasting and distributed American Public Television.

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