History People topic is the evolution of U.S. military tanks

St. Louis County Historical Society luncheon features Ronald Heim
Pictured is a M1A1 Abrams tank in Iraq in 2003.

Pictured is a M1A1 Abrams tank in Iraq in 2003.

DULUTH – Ronald Hein, a retired Army brigadier general of Duluth, will examine the evolution of U.S. military tanks at St. Louis County Historical

Society’s “Lunch with the History People” on Thursday, July 19, from 12 – 1 p.m. The event will be held in the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (the Depot) at 506 W. Michigan St. in Duluth

Hein will follow the evolution of the U.S. Army tank from World War I, when it was first implemented, through the modern-day tanks that are currently used. According to Hein, “The evolution was very slow until after World War II, when the military leadership finally understood the value of tanks on the battlefield.”

For 37 years, Hein served as an armor officer in the Minnesota Army National Guard. During his service, he received several awards including the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Legion of Merit and Order of St. George. In December 2016, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

Retired Brigadier General Ronald Hein will explore the evolution of U.S. military tanks at an upcoming luncheon at the Depot. Submitted photos.

Retired Brigadier General Ronald Hein will explore the evolution of U.S. military tanks at an upcoming luncheon at the Depot. Submitted photos.

Hein is extensively involved in the St. Louis County Historical Society, serving as the project manager of the Erie Mining History Project, treasurer of the St. Louis County Historical Society’s Board of Governors, and a member of the Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee.

There will be limited theater style seating (no tables); feel free to bring a bag lunch. Seating is first-come, first-served (no reservations). Admittance is free. Coffee will be served.

For more information, contact Julie Bolos at 218- 733-7568 or julie@thehistorypeople.org.

George S. Patton, who gained fame in World War II as commander of the U.S. Third Army, stands at attention in front of a military tank in 1918 in France.

George S. Patton, who gained fame in World War II as commander of the U.S. Third Army, stands at attention in front of a military tank in 1918 in France.

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