WASHINGTON (WTVA) - U.S. Representative Trent Kelly announced the passage of H.R. 208, which will rename a Tupelo post office in honor of a Vietnam war veteran.
The bill was passed by both chambers in the U.S. Congress and now awaits the signature of President Joe Biden.
It will name the U.S. Post Office located at 500 West Main Street in Tupelo the "Colonel Carlyle 'Smitty' Harris Post Office."
Representative Kelly represents Mississippi's first congressional district and serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He praised the actions of Harris during his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
"Colonel Harris was held as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam for just under eight years, enduring starvation, solitude, and torture," Kelly said. "Despite dire living conditions, Col. Harris introduced the tap code to his fellow POWs to secretly communicate between cells. During his time in captivity, letters he wrote to his wife, Louise, were delivered to the Tupelo Post Office. I am thankful for the support from members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in this endeavor to honor a great American Patriot."
Retired United States Air Force Colonel Carlyle "Smitty" Harris's F-105 fighter-bomber was shot down over North Vietnam on April 4, 1965. He was the sixth American to become a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.