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Retired Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris speaks to media and a nearby crowd in Feb. 1973. He did not realize his wife was within a few steps of him during the address, but saw her later along with the rest of his family. (Courtesy photo) 8-year POW recalls return home 45 years later
Stepping off the bus, recently freed American prisoners of war formed up from the tallest to shortest, stiff at attention facing Capt. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris and with a salute they defied their Vietnamese captors one final time.
0 2/07
2018
Tupelo unveils Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica Tupelo unveils Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica
The city of Tupelo, and Mississippi politicians and veterans from around the state gathered to unveil a 60-percent scaled sized Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at the Veteran’s Memorial Park Nov. 2. The wall is an exact replica of the one that sits in Washington D.C., and stemmed from an idea a group in Tupelo had to build something that represented all the lives lost and impacted from the Vietnam War.
0 11/09
2017
The Aug. 11 Base Community Council Luncheon will include family members of two crewmembers from the B-17 Flying Fortress, "Smokey Stover Jr. Supreme Court Justice shares WWII POW story
Columbus Air Force Base hosts a Base Community Council luncheon Aug. 11 to release its Fiscal Year 2016 Economic Impact Report and to hear a presentation about local World War II prisoners of war by Chief Justice Sharon Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
0 7/28
2017
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