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From Lodi to Tibet

Lodi native Frank Bessac survived an epic, perilous journey from China in autumn of 1949

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Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:00 am

When he returned to Lodi in October 1950, the young, rangy Frank Bessac was hailed as a hero.

He had, after all, survived an epic journey across the frigid plains and mountains of China and Tibet, only to witness three of his party gunned down by border guards. One of those killed, it was later revealed, was a CIA operative, the first to die in the line of duty.

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