- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Former students of a Waterloo high school have prepared a tribute video honoring classmates who died in the Vietnam War.

Three members of Waterloo West High School’s Class of 1965 co-produced a video titled “Fallen Heroes.” It recognizes the sacrifices of five classmates and the spouse of another killed during the war, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1zmmkW9 ).

“They were friends and classmates. We walked the halls together. We wanted to do something a little different than in years past for the reunion,” said Jim Hamlyn, one of the video organizers and a decorated Vietnam veteran. “As soon as we mentioned doing a video for those who had died in Vietnam, we were all just really inspired.”

There is also recognition of subsequent graduates from the school who died in Vietnam.

The video will be shown during the upcoming class reunion, scheduled for September 2015. It includes letters from fallen classmates, some read by surviving family members.

“It was really an eye-opening experience in talking with the family members,” said Linda Cook Cain, another video organizer, in an email. “They were so very appreciative of what we were doing and that after 50 years we remembered their loved ones and wanted to do something for them.

“It was also a real miracle that after 50 years, we were able to find family members for each of our fallen classmates and that they shared their personal last letters and other personal information with us.”

The full video, which is being kept under wraps until the reunion, also includes West High senior pictures and is interspersed with footage that Hamlyn shot while he was in Vietnam. Free DVD copies of the video will be available to classmates who attend the reunion.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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