Tony B. Lumpkin
Tony B. Lumpkin, Sr. was born into a family with considerable military history. Not surprisingly, his path took him to the Citadel and then onto Missouri Military Academy where he taught young cadets. It was while working there that he volunteered to serve in World War II.
After the war, he returned to his family and resumed his life in Mexico, Missouri. Known as “Mr. Tony” to the neighborhood children, he was fond of telling stories of life growing up in South Carolina and at MMA.
Tales of life as POW came to surface many years later in the form of his hidden diary.
Diary contained classified information
For years, Tony and his family were politely asked to keep the diary to them selves because it divulged details about a then-classified operation known as MIS-X in which contraband was smuggled into P.O.W. camps via fake relief organization packages.
The program was not declassified until decades after the war's end.