Jamestown native helped develop Abrams tank

Robert J. Baer, who helped develop the Abrams M-1 Battle Tank, served 36 years in the United States Army and retired as a general with three stars on his shoulder. It seems quite a journey for man who was born in Jamestown in 1924. He died Feb. 26, 2011, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

According to Paul Baer, Robert J. Baer was his first cousin, son of John William Baer. He moved his family from Jamestown to Appleton City during the 1920's, then later relocated to Osceola.

For more of this story check out the Aug. 31 issue of the California Democrat.


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