A Bad Deal

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.

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.

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).

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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

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

A WORD FROM THE PRODUCER

“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

Share Your Story

Are you a veteran who has original film documenting your experience in Vietnam or the first or second Persian Gulf conflicts? If so, we’d love to tell your story. Contact Mark St. George at (618) 453-5887 or email us.

In Dedication to the West High School Vietnam “Fallen Hero” Veterans

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PFC Robert Wilbur Deyo, Jr. U.S. Army DOB: Sep. 8, 1947 - KIA: Nov. 17, 1967 West High Class of 1965
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SGT Mark Allen Ellsworth U.S. Army DOB: Jan. 22, 1947 - KIA: Sept. 25, 1968 West High Class of 1965
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CPL Merle Keith Fagerlind, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps DOB: Oct. 8, 1946 - KIA: Dec. 4, 1967 West High Class of 1965
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PFC David Henry Paulsen U.S. Marine Corps DOB: May 12, 1947 - KIA: Nov. 12, 1967 West High Class of 1965
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PFC Stephen Lee Woodard U.S. Army DOB: Mar. 11, 1947 - KIA: May 16, 1968 West High Class of 1965
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PFC Russell Louis Halley U.S. Army DOB: Sep. 11, 1946 - KIA: Nov. 21, 1966 West High Class of 1964
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PFC David Lee Davis U.S. Marine Corps DOB: Jan. 29, 1950 - KIA: Mar. 20, 1969 West High Class of 1968
PFC Daniel Lee Jurgensen U.S. Marine Corps DOB: Feb. 15, 1949 - KIA: Nov. 14, 1969 West High Class 1968
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SP4 Samuel W. Walthour, Jr. U.S. Army DOB: Sep. 2, 1949 - KIA: Jul. 30, 1969 West High Class of 1967
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LCPL Jeffrey Lynn Wilson U.S. Marine Corps DOB: Jun. 14, 1950 - KIA: Mar. 6, 1970 West High Class of 1968

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & PRESS INFORMATION

Press Kit | Exclusive Video Extras | Film Score | The Virtual Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

A Bad Deal