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Wendell Affield

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It’s one thing to write a book; it’s another to live it.

Wendell Affield never knew his father. His childhood was punctuated by a volatile mother and an unpredictable stepfather. At twelve he and his siblings were placed in foster homes, his mother committed to a mental hospital. At sixteen he rode the rails out west and lived in hobo camps. At seventeen he enlisted in the navy. At twenty, he was wounded in an ambush while driving a river patrol boat in Vietnam and medevaced home.

Affield retired from the food industry in 2001. He attended Bemidji State University (BSU) to learn the writing craft. His Vietnam “memory stories” evolved into a memoir, Muddy Jungle Rivers, which won the Minnesota Veterans Voices award in 2017. The memoir has ope

Every Veteran Has A Story

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Average rating: 4.31 · 52 ratings · 8 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
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