In Memory of
Army 2nd Lt.
Samuel P. Bakewell
Plankinton, South Dakota
July 14, 1913 – September 12, 1944
Killed in Action in France
Samuel P. Bakewell was born at Plankinton, South Dakota,
on July 14, 1913. He was the first son of Judge Robert C. and Leonne L. Bakewell.
He had a brother and a sister; his brother, Lt. Robert C. Bakewell, Jr., became
a lawyer and practiced law in Custer for twenty-five years, and his sister,
Harriett Bakewell Fitzgerald, lived in Vancouver, Washington.
Samuel “Pete” Bakewell
graduated from the University of South Dakota with an A.B. degree in 1935 and
from the University of South Dakota Law School in 1937 with an LLB degree,
carrying on the third generation of the practice of law at Plankinton, South
In June of 1944, 2nd
Lt. Bakewell was sent to France as a replacement officer and assigned to the 137th
Infantry, 35th Division. He was wounded in action on August 12, 1944,
but after a short rehabilitation, he returned to battle. On September 12, 1944,
he was killed by an exploding shell at the Moselle River in France. He was first
buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery in Andilly, France. His remains were later
sent back to Plankinton to be buried for the final time. In a letter sent to us
from his sister-in-law, she said, “Pete was an outstanding student, excellent
athlete, and very capable individual.”
This entry was respectfully submitted by Dustin
Shafer and Sam Eckrich, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School,
Spearfish, South Dakota, May 27, 1999. Information for this entry was provided
by Linda Tempel’s copy of Bakewell History – Genealogy Part II and Mrs.
Lois Bakewell, sister-in-law of Lt. Samuel Bakewell.