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Muddy Jungle Rivers

Wendell Affield recalls his Vietnam experiences on the Mekong River in his book, Muddy Jungle Rivers.
This piece originally aired December 21, 2012 on Lakeland Public Television's Common Ground.

When I got discharged, I tucked my Vietnam experience away. I just didn't talk about it and didn't visit with anyone about it. Most people didn't even know I was in the military.

A small, broad boat that is pulled up to shore. Three soldiers stand nearby. Text on photo margins reads "Aug 68".
A young soldier wearing sunglasses and holding a rifle poses next to an Asian man who is blindfolded. Text on photo margins says "Aug 68".
A large plume of dark smoke rising into the sky. Water and a small boat in the foreground; text on the photo margins reads "Aug 68".

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Mekong Delta, Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Navy

Unit: Mobile Riverine Force

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Book cover for "Muddy Jungle Rivers" by Wendell Affield.

Story Themes: 1966, 1967, 1968, Army, Bemidji State University, Book, Coming Home, Lakeland PBS, Lakeland Public Television, Mekong Delta, Mobile Riverine Force, Multiple Tours, Navy, PBR, PTSD, Shevlin, The VA, Viet Cong, Watch, Wendell Affield, WIA, Wounded in Action

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