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Big Mantrap Lake resident Len Beckel piloted 38 missions during the Korean war in the F-84. (Submitted photo)

Pilot flew F-84 Thunderjet in Korean War

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The Korean War, often referred to as "the forgotten war," was in its first year when Len Beckel enlisted in basic training with the Air Force.

Draft notices, much to his mother's distress, had been arriving at the Beckel's home in Austin. And to her greater distress, her son was ignoring them.

But not for long.

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