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Retired Col. Carlisle “Smitty” Harris talks with retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith at the street named in honor of Colonel Harris in 2007 on Thursday Feb. 11.  Colonel Harris, now residing in Tupelo, Miss.,  was a POW in Vietnam for nearly eight years  and is credited for improvising the “Tap Code” while held in captivity. Lt Col Smith, residing in West Point, Miss., was a POW in Vietnam for five and a half years and the wing ceremonial plaza is named in his honor.  Feb 12 marked the 37th anniversary of Colonel Harris’ repatriation.  Both former POW’s visited Columbus AFB to participate in the Maj/Lt Col promotion party at the Columbus Club. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA Jacob Corbin)


Vietnam POW vists Columbus AFB

Retired Col. Carlisle “Smitty” Harris talks with retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith at the street named in honor of Colonel Harris in 2007 on Thursday Feb. 11. Colonel Harris, now residing in Tupelo, Miss., was a POW in Vietnam for nearly eight years and is credited for improvising the “Tap Code” while held in captivity. Lt Col Smith, residing in West Point, Miss., was a POW in Vietnam for five and a half years and the wing ceremonial plaza is named in his honor. Feb 12 marked the 37th anniversary of Colonel Harris’ repatriation. Both former POW’s visited Columbus AFB to participate in the Maj/Lt Col promotion party at the Columbus Club. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA Jacob Corbin)

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