James Hayes Bakke

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  • Name: James Hayes Bakke
  • Location of Birth: Nielsville, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 11, 1917
  • Date of Death: December 30, 2006 (89 years old)
  • Parents: Simon Bakke and Annie (Fosso) Bakke
  • High School and Class: Nielsville High School, Nielsville, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: M SGT (Master Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch: Army Air Corps
  • Date Sworn In: December 9, 1940 (Enlistment Date)
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: October 26, 1945 (Discharge Date)
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: James Hayes Bakke
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 23
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: June 11, 1917
    Birth Place: Nielsville, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Nielsville, Polk, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Registration Place: Nielsville, Polk, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Civilian Conservation Corps
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Simon J. Bakke (father)

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Jim worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps at Owen Lake. Following his discharge, Jim moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. On February 8, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mary Louise Dahl. He was employed with Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota for 27 years, retiring in 1979.

    Jim was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for 60 years, where he was involved in various activities over the years, and was also involved with Camp Hiawatha on Deer Lake. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. of Grand Rapids, Minnesota and a member of the Sons of Norway.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary; one daughter Sharon (Rick) Szamatula; one granddaughter, Jamie Szamatual; and one sister, Elaine Eidsmoe.

    James died at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-G-08-2-4)

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