Spencer Wiggins had been in college just a few months when he decided to volunteer for the Vietnam War. Now an education executive, he volunteers and works with veterans — some from the same conflict.
But the Brentwood resident admits that he still has some of his own emotions to sort out. He was interviewed by his daughter inside the StoryCorps’ Airstream trailer that was parked outside of Nashville Public Radio's studios.
In the full interview, he discusses his decision to join the Air Force (he liked the uniforms), his fears upon finding himself away from home for the first time and how his life changed upon his return.
In this excerpt, Staff Sergeant Wiggins remembers a good friend who didn't make it back home.
The interview will be archived in the Library of Congress.