In Memory of
Kenneth H. Bakkie
Redfield, South Dakota
April 29, 1918 -- March 26, 1943
Killed in Action in North Africa
Kenneth H. Bakkie was born on a farm near Tulare, South
Dakota, to Mr. and Mrs. M. J. and Louise Bakkie. Kenneth’s sister, Ruth,
remembers that Kenneth and his brother, Alfred, were best friends.
Kenneth and Alfred worked in a Civilian Conservation
Corps camp near Pierre, South Dakota. After that, “they hitched a freight train
for Fort Ord, California.”
There both Kenneth and Alfred joined the Army on October
The Bakkie brothers were sent overseas on October 24,
1942, arriving in North Africa, where they fought side by side. Private Kenneth
H. Bakkie was next to his brother, Alfred, when Kenneth stepped on a land mine
in North Africa on March 26, 1943. Kenneth’s remains were later buried at Ft.
Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Aaron Erickson, Eighth Grade West, Spearfish Middle
School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 20, 2000. Information for this entry
was provided by Ruth E. Neu, Redfield, SD, sister of Kenneth Bakkie.