Muddy Jungle River

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Muddy Jungle River “The wreckage was vast and startling. The awful waste and destruction of war, even aside from the loss of human life, has always been one of its outstanding features to those who are in it (Pyle).” Wreckage, waste, destruction and loss of life are common themes of war. Wendell Affield’s Muddy Jungle River and the journals of Ernie Pyle help illustrate the truth about war. Muddy Jungle River depicts both sides of the war, the activities on the frontline as well as how war effects the loved ones on the home front. Over the past eight decades American views on war have varied. After WWI and WWII the soldiers were hailed as heroes and the country rallied around the war efforts. The Vietnam War was an entirely different story, the country was at odds with the the United States involvement and therefore did not show the same level of support for the soldiers. Affield and Pyle aide readers as they strive to understand the relationship between America and Vietnam. Affield’s memoir illustrated the very real and raw aspects of war. Wendell’s personal account of life as a soldier started with the horrors of boot camp, eventually explained the terrors of war and finally ended with the rejection and ridicule that he and other soldiers endured on his return home. His detailed accounts helped readers better understand the situation and events that occurred during and after the war in Vietnam. Once Affield enlisted with the United States Navy he was originally stationed on a gunner Naval ship, USS Rogers, and traveled to Vietnam to aide in fighting the Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin. This West Pac cruise was difficult, yet it ended up being one of the least devastating assignments of his Vietnam experience. Eventually Affield was transferred to the USS Samuel Gompers but felt as if he was not being adequately challenged, therefore the first

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