NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Former prisoner of war Col. Carlyle "Smitty" Harris spoke to a group Wednesday at the Union County Heritage Museum about the "tap code."
Harris endured isolation and torture for almost eight years during the Vietnam War.
He taught other prisoners a "tap code" so they could communicate within the prison walls.
"I was shot down flying an F-105 Flyer Boomer in North Vietnam on the 4th of April 1965, and I became a prisoner of war almost as soon as I touched down in my parachute," he said.
He told audience members that all the success throughout his life came from the same attributes pilots have.
Harris also credited his success to his partner in all things, Louise.
You can read more about his life in a new book called Tap Code.