Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
Three young men from a family in Missouri were killed during World War II. The caskets bearing Frank Wright, Harold Wright and Elton Wright came home one by one and their father, Henry, met them at the local train station.
The caskets were taken to the Wright home and placed in the room where they were born, and they were later buried at Hilltop Cemetery.
The story is described in historian Rick Atkinson’s recent book about World War II, “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945.”
Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock recorded this conversation with Atkinson about that scene caskets’ arrival in Missouri and the legacy of World War II.