Gov. Doug Burgum presents Ron Hepperâ€™s military ID tag to his widow, Ruth Hepper of Bismarck, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Capitol in Bismarck. Also pictured are, from left: Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, Hepperâ€™s daughter Julie Hornbacher and her husband, Jim, and Ron Hepperâ€™s brother Stanley Hepper and his wife, Kathleen. (North Dakota Office of the Governor)
Gov. Doug Burgum gave Ronald Hepper’s military tag to his widow, Ruth Hepper of Bismarck, on Wednesday.
According to Burgum’s office, Ronald Hepper had kept a set of his dog tags in his boots, and had been in Vietnam just a few months when a blast from a hand grenade blew his boots off his body in June 1969. Hepper woke up in the hospital with no boots and no dog tags.
After his military service, Hepper returned to a ranch near Isabel, S.D. He and his wife moved to Bismarck to be closer to family a few months before his death in January 2007.