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A Bad Deal – My Vietnam War Story highlights this never-before-seen footage, along with a rare interview with Jim Hamlyn, to offer a revealing glimpse into the story of one American war veteran, as seen through the lens of his film camera.

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A WSIU ORIGINAL PRODUCTION FEATURING VIETNAM WAR FOOTAGE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ON TELEVISION

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 – a recipient of the Bronze Star for valor in combat with the U.S. Army 196th Light Infantry Brigade – documented his war experiences.

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Jim Hamlyn, Bronze Star recipient, U.S. Army 196th Light Infantry Brigade, and subject of the film A Bad Deal - My Vietnam War Story

Now, for the first time in television history, Hamlyn’s war footage is being released for public broadcast. A Bad Deal – My Vietnam War Story highlights this never-before-seen footage, along with a rare interview with Hamlyn, to offer a revealing glimpse into the story of one American war veteran, as seen through the lens of his film camera. Featuring a haunting, original score by Joe Maddock, A Bad Deal takes you back in time to relive one of America’s most divisive conflicts.
Produced by WSIU Public Broadcasting in partnership with Iowa Public Television and distributed by American Public Television (APT).

A WORD FROM JIM HAMLYN

"We’re so proud to have the opportunity to tell Jim’s story and share his footage with the world. The film he captured during his tour of duty lends an authenticity to the documentary and wonderfully compliments Hamlyn’s storytelling ability. The footage transports viewers to the past – amongst the fields and jungle canopies – where they are able to get a glimpse of the realities soldiers faced so many years ago." –Jim Hamlyn

"Due to the controversy surrounding the Vietnam War, we wanted to create a positive statement to recognize and honor the veterans and the sacrifices they made. Hopefully, by viewing this documentary, individuals will reach a deeper understanding of the Vietnam War and its effects on veterans."
–Mark St. George, Executive Producer of A Bad Deal - My Vietnam War Story

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