In Memory of
Army Pvt.
Kenneth H. Bakkie
Redfield, South Dakota
Spink County  
 April 29, 1918 -- March 26, 1943
Killed in Action in North Africa

 Kenneth H. Bakkie headstone

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 2, 1940.

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.