Tom Watson Gordy: How One Uncle’s Adventures Inspired Jimmy Carter to Join the Navy

Former US president Jimmy Carter and Cuban President Fidel Castro listening to the US national anthems after Carter's arrival at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, May 2002. Carter is the first US president in or out of office to visit Cuba under Castro's communist rule. Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 11 October, 2002. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP / Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter has dedicated his life to public service, but even now few people know what exactly inspired him. Join Ben, Noel and special guest Ryan as they explore the astonishing adventures of Carter’s Uncle Tom Gordy — and how one man’s letter home set Carter on a path that would eventually lead to the presidency.