WASHINGTON (WTVA) - The U.S. House approved a bill to rename the Postal Service office in downtown Tupelo the “Colonel Carlyle 'Smitty' Harris Post Office,” Congressman Trent Kelly, R-Miss., announced Wednesday.
The building is located at 500 West Main Street.
Col. Carlyle 'Smitty' Harris served during the Vietnam War. | Source: Office of U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss.
On April 4, 1965, Harris’ F-105 fighter-bomber was shot down over North Vietnam.
He was held captive at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for eight years,
During this captivity, he used tap code to communicate with his fellow prisoners.
Following his military career, Harris completed law school and joined the Mississippi Bar in 1981.
Harris published "Tap Code" in 2019 which recounts his survival.
The next step in the legislative process is for a U.S. senator to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.
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