In Memory of
Army Private
Orville Olaf Bakke
Deadwood, South Dakota
Lawrence County
June 24, 1920 – November 15, 1944
Killed in Action in Germany

Orville Olaf Bakke headstone (close up)  Orville Olaf Bakke headstone

Orville Olaf Bakke was born on June 24, 1920, at Redig in Harding County, South Dakota, to Augusta Bakke Bortnem. From 1939 to 1941, Orville lived at Deadwood, where he helped his mother.

On October 10, 1941, Orville Bakke was inducted and entered active duty at Fort Crook, Nebraska. Pvt. Bakke served in the continental United States until December 29, 1943, when he was shipped overseas to the European theater.

On November 29, 1944, Orville’s mother, Augusta, received a letter from the War Department, which said, in part:

It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent
telegram informing you of the death of your son, Private
Orville O. Bakke, 37,074, 984, Field Artillery, who was killed
in action on 15 November 1944 in Germany.

Orville Olaf Bakke’s remains were returned to the United States after the war and buried at Ft. Snelling in Minnesota. He was survived by his mother, Augusta, of Deadwood.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus.