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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Never-before-told details of 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 abuse.

It was there Smitty covertly taught the Tap Code—an old, long-unused World War II method of communication—to many POWs. In turn, they taught others, and it quickly became a way for POWs to communicate without their captors' knowledge. It was a lifeline during their internment—a way to boost morale, stay unified, and communicate the chain of command—as well as an asset in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy.

Back home, meanwhile, Harris's wife, Louise, raised their three children alone, unsure of her husband's fate. One of the first POW wives of the Vietnam War, she became a role model for many wives, advocating for herself and her children in her husband's absence.

Told through both Smitty's and Louise's voices, Tap Code shares a riveting true story of ingenuity under pressure, strength and dignity in the face of the enemy, the love of family, and the hope, faith, and resolve necessary to endure even the darkest circumstances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310359111
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 130,334
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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