Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything
Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything  -     By: Col. Carlyle Smitty Harris, Sara W. Berry
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Could a tin cup and a water pipe keep you sane? Ask Captain "Smitty" Harris, one of the first American POWs in North Vietnam, held captive at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." Using an old WWII communication method that he covertly taught other prisoners, they were able to endure abuse and solitary confinement by leaning on one another. 255 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

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Title: Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything
By: Col. Carlyle Smitty Harris, Sara W. Berry
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
Weight: 15 ounces
ISBN: 0310359112
ISBN-13: 9780310359111
Stock No: WW359111

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Tap Code shares never-before-told details of underground operations during the Vietnam War while weaving in an inspiring story of true love, honor, and courage as husband and wife endured the hardest circumstances they had ever faced.  

When Air Force pilot Captain Carlyle "Smitty" Harris was shot down over Vietnam on April 4, 1965, he had no idea what horrors awaited him in the infamous Hoa Lo prison--nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton." Harris was the sixth American POW captured in the air war over North Vietnam, and for the next eight years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs--including John McCain and George "Bud" Day--suffered torture, solitary confinement, and abuse. 

Their dignity was taken, their wills were challenged, and their bodies were bruised and battered. But in the midst of the struggle, Smitty remembered once learning the Tap Code--an old, long-unused World War II method of communication through tapping on a common water pipe. He covertly taught the code to many POWs, and in turn they taught others. 

Simple and effective, the Tap Code quickly spread throughout the prison and became one of the most covert ways for POWs to communicate without their captors' knowledge. It became a lifeline during their internment--a morale booster, a vehicle of unity, and a way to communicate the chain of command--and was instrumental in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy. 

Back home, meanwhile, Harris's wife, Louise, raised their three children alone, unsure of her husband's fate. One of the first POW wives of the Vietnam War, she became a role model for many wives, advocating for herself and her children in her husband's absence. 

Told through both Smitty's and Louise's voices, Tap Code shares a riveting true story of ingenuity under pressure, strength and dignity in the face of the enemy, the love of family, and the hope, faith, and resolve necessary to endure even the darkest circumstances.

Author Bio

Carlyle Smith "Smitty" Harris is an ex-Vietnam POW, who rose to the rank of Air Force Colonel. He received many decorations during his Air Force career, including two Silver Stars, three Legion of Merits, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, and the Eagle Award through the Gathering of Eagles Foundation. His tin cup from his days as a POW is now in the Smithsonian.  He lives with his wife, Louise, and is surrounded by his large family in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Sara W. Berry is an award-winning author, publisher, and teacher, and is the founder and CEO of Integrity Time, a character-building educational company. Sara is married to Dr. Mont Berry, and is mother to seven children and three children in-law. She lives in Tupelo, Mississippi. sarawberry.com

Editorial Reviews

'Crediting his knowledge of the [tap] code and his ability to endure torture and inhumane living conditions to an unshakable belief in 'God and country,' Harris delivers an accessible, faith-infused memoir of survival that will appeal to Christian readers and military history buffs.'

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