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Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

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Overview

Discover never-before-told details of POW underground operations during the Vietnam War told through one airman's inspiring story of true love, honor, and courage.

Air Force pilot Captain Carlyle "Smitty" Harris was shot down over Vietnam on April 4, 1965 and taken to the infamous Hoa Lo prison—nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton." For the next eight years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs—including John Mc Cain and George "Bud" Day—suffered torture, solitary confinement, and unimaginable abuse.

It was there that Smitty covertly taught many other POWs the Tap Code—an old, long-unused method of communication from World War II. Using the code, they could softly tap messages of encouragement to lonely neighbors and pass along resistance policies from their leaders. The code quickly became a lifeline during their internment. It helped the prisoners boost morale, stay unified, communicate the chain of command, and prevail over a brutal enemy.

Meanwhile, back home in the United States, Harris's wife, Louise, raised their three children alone, unsure of her husband's fate for seven long years. One of the first POW wives of the Vietnam War, she became a role model for other military wives by advocating for herself and her children in her husband's absence.

Told through both Smitty's and Louise's voices, Tap Code shares the riveting true story of:

  • Ingenuity under pressure
  • Strength and dignity in the face of a frightening enemy
  • The hope, faith, and resolve necessary to endure even the darkest circumstances

Praise for Tap Code:

"Tap Code is an incredible story about two American heroes. Col. "Smitty" Harris and his wife, Louise, epitomize the definition of commitment—to God, to country, and to family. This tale of extreme perseverance will restore your faith in the human spirit."

—Brigadier General John Nichols, USAF

"The incomprehensibly long ordeal of the Harris family is agonizing. Their love, faith, loyalty, and courage epitomize all that is good about America."

—Lt. Col. Orson Swindle, USMC (ret.), POW, Hanoi, 11/11/1966 to 3/4/1973



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310359111
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 262,818
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carlyle Smith “Smitty” Harris is an ex-Vietnam POW, who rose to the rank of Air Force Colonel. He received many decorations during his Air Force career, including two Silver Stars, three Legion of Merits, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, and the Eagle Award through the Gathering of Eagles Foundation. His tin cup from his days as a POW is now in the Smithsonian. He lives with his wife, Louise, and is surrounded by his large family in Tupelo, Mississippi.


Sara W. Berry is an award-winning author, publisher, and teacher, and is the founder and CEO of Integrity Time, a character-building educational company. Sara is married to Dr. Mont Berry, and is mother to seven children and three children in-law. She lives in Tupelo, Mississippi. sarawberry.com

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